For the third day in a row, News 25’s 25 Teams in 25 Days features a school with a division I commit in Harrison Central. If the Red Rebels are to turn things around following a disappointing 2018 campaign, it is gonna start with future Ole Miss Rebel Bryce Ramsey and a much more balanced offensive attack than a year ago.
It’s picture day at Harrison Central where last year’s seventh place finish in region 4 class 6A still feels just as fresh in the month of August as it did the rest of the off-season. Defensive tackle Dalton Cuevas said, “We made a lot of mistakes last year. We lost a lot of people. But I think this year as a younger team, we’re more of a group. We’re working more together, already I can tell we’re working more as a team. We’re working together better.”
Better would mean improving on a 2-5 district record which included four consecutive losses to close out the season as well as a 2018 playoff berth for the Red Rebels who haven’t been to the postseason since 2015. Head Coach Casey Cain said, “We’ve got a really good senior class. This freshman group was the first one when I was here, and we’re hoping that these guys can get us over the hump this year and get us back into the playoffs.”
Right tackle Bryce Ramsey said, “I want us to come together as a team. I want us to get better, play as a family and I just want us to make it to the playoffs.”
Making a run at November football starts up front with Ole Miss commit Bryce Ramsey who is much more than just a three star recruit to the Red Rebels. Outside linebacker Davante Pinkins said, “Bryce is leadership all the way. He really carries us, he makes us want to be better and I think he’s going to bring us a long way cause everybody looks up to him.”
“He’s a big role. I mean he does his job blocking, but Bryce’s big thing this year is going to be able to make sure he is a big time leader not only for the team but for that whole offensive line unit. And we’re needing their unit to be one of our strong points of our team.”
O-line success is gonna be critical to Harrison Central’s expanded offensive attack following a 2017 campaign that saw the Red Rebels go the first two district games without completing a single pass. “We had to change our offense in the middle of the season, go to a single-wing where it was just a direct snap to our running back.”
The now graduated Keon Moore turned that weakness into a strength, but this year game planning for the Rebs will be easier said than done. “We’re going to definitely be able to throw and catch ten times better this year. We’re going to be able to do a lot more things offensively. And hope by district play we’re playing our best football.”
The Red Rebels open up their 2018 campaign on August 17th with a home game against Jefferson Davis County.