JACKSON (WJTV) – The Murrah Mustangs are moving forward with their high school football season without one of their assistant coaches.
Defensive backs coach Christopher Eiland, who’s been with the Mustangs for nine years, had a heart attack before the Mustangs’ game on Sept. 4 against Jim Hill High School.
While something like this would be on any player’s mind, team members said they pushed forward and did exactly what he’d want them to do – focus on the game against Jim Hill.
“Coach Eiland is one of those coaches who wouldn’t want you to be down,” Murrah senior offensive lineman Charles Bell said. “He’d want you to keep going.”
In that game against Jim Hill, the night Coach Eiland had the heart attack, the Mustangs stayed focused. They powered past the Tigers for a 41-14 win; their first win of the season. “It sent out a big message to us,” Bell said. “We knew we had to go out and pull the victory.”
While Coach Eiland continues to recover and stay off the sideline, the Mustangs faced Provine on Sept. 11 – an inner city rival that normally needs no extra motivation.
“You always want to win the inner city games because those are the guys you see,” Murrah head coach Zack Grady said. “A lot of those guys go to church and mingle in the community together, so they want to beat each other.”
Continuing to play with Eiland in mind, the Mustangs got another win by beating Provine 34-18.
“Coach, we got one for you,” Murrah senior offensive lineman Justin White said the day before the Provine game. “We’re going to get another one for you. We’re going to keep on doing it.”
Eiland underwent heart surgery on the morning of Sept. 11 and is in recovery.