You can smell the salt water coming off the Pascagoula River here on News 25’s 25 Teams in 25 Days. As the only 1A program on the Gulf Coast, Resurrection Catholic certainly holds its own under the watch of second year Head Coach Lavon Capers, who is getting it done with just four seniors at stop number four.
“Still excited. Still get nervous every day, every game. You worry about practice every day. But yeah, it’s still fun and I still enjoy the heck out of it.”
Winning never gets old at Resurrection Catholic where second year Head Coach Lavon Capers continues to uphold the tradition of excellence of six non-straight losing seasons and six straight trips to the post-season. “Very proud of our team last year and kind of the framework that they set for me being here as my first year and what they did for me and how hard they worked for us as a team, and these guys are kind of carrying that on right now, so we’re still looking for a lot of success this year.”
Certainly hard to complain about an overall record of 9-3, but a second round playoff loss at the hands of Richton suddenly has the Eagles feeling rich with a ton of motivation. WR/ FS Will Clemens said, “Definitely weren’t satisfied with the end result last year. We had a great season. I can look back on that and say we had a great season, but definitely not satisfied.”
RT/ DE Sam Williams said, “We watched the state championship game for 1A football and we said to ourselves, man, we could’ve been here now. But that’s in the past, and we’ve just got to do better than we did last year.”
In the present, this year’s team returns starting quarterback Riley Matthews as well as four out of five starters on the offensive line. Where the Eagles don’t have a lot of depth is just a four-member senior class down from eight a season ago. “Well, it’s very difficult, especially with less of us. Because now instead of having your leadership kind of spread out a little bit and having it more controlled, it’s kind of a little bit chaotic now cause there’s only four of us. But we just have to do the best we can, and we just have to lead the team the best we can.”
Much in the way that some college football leagues have gone to a conference-only model, the Eagles are subject to a similar fate in 2020, starting their eight game, all region 4 schedule on September 11th against Leake County. “All region games will definitely be a lot of pressure. You can’t take anything for granted and no plays off. You’ve got to push every single play like it’s your last.”
The only mindset that really works in the midst of a global pandemic, but that isn’t stopping Resurrection Catholic from channeling its inner 2015 south state championship mentality ahead of an uncertain 2020. “Shock the nation, baby.”
“I know we had a lot of doubters last year and we’re going to have even more probably this year because we lost those seniors, but we’ve just got to shock the nation.”
“We just want to come out and try to win them all. That’s what I try to tell them. That’s what we say every day. That’s what we always talk about. Our goal is to win them all. That’s hard to do. Some people say that’s not realistic, but I think if you settle for anything less than that as your goal, then you’re probably not going to do very good.”
Resurrection lost two games as a result of COVID-19, those being a home date against North Forrest on August 21st and an away trip to Northlake Christian in Covington, Louisiana on September 4th.