On Friday the Wayne Co. football team will live out every kid’s wildest dream, playing in a football game televised by ESPN.
“Oh there’s no doubt about it,” says Wayne Co. head football coach Todd Mangum. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and we need to take it in – embrace it – and be honored to be in this position.”
That position is a challenging one.
Wayne Co.’s opponent is Archbishop Rummel out of Metairie, La.
The Raiders are ranked nationally and No. 1 in their state, making Friday’s showdown must-see TV.
“I want everybody to get their money’s worth and have a great night,” says Mangum. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s going to be a great night for high school football, and it just happens to be Wayne Co. and Archbishop Rummel.”
That match-up is one that is star-studded with talent.
Leading the charge is Ole Miss commit Benito Jones, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi according to the ESPN 300 rankings.
But Coach Mangum says tomorrow’s game is about much more than just one player, and even one team.
“We feel like we’re not only playing for Wayne Co. now but we’re playing for the state of Mississippi. We’re representing Mississippi and we want to do that in a positive light tomorrow night.”
When those lights go on come 7 p.m. tomorrow, the nation will be watching.
But at the end of the day it is still just a football game against the next opponent on the schedule.
“Hey, it’s the next game and we always want to win the next game, and this just happens to be on the national stage,” says Mangum.