#HSFT16: Stop No. 29 – Hatley Tigers
|CLASS 3A | REGION 4|
|HEAD COACH: Zane Thomas|
|Aug 19||Potts Camp||Away|
|Sept 9||Alcorn Central||Home|
|Sept 30||South Pontotoc*||Home|
|Oct 14||North Pontotoc*||Away|
HATLEY, Miss. (WCBI) – Hatley High School has come a long way since its winless season in 2012. The Tigers made the playoffs two years ago and responded with a five wins a season ago.
It’s the Zane Thomas era now at Hatley. He said he’s ready for the program to take the next step.
“The availability of a winning attitude all the time has to be built, like your body in the weight room,” Thomas said. “To get results they’ve never had, they have to be willing to do things they’ve never done. The kids have been willing to do that.”
It’s Thomas’ first head coaching job. He’s most recently been an assistant at Itawamba AHS. He emphasized how hard the players have been working.
“When I was in high school, we had some that couldn’t play dead in a western as a tumbleweed, but these kids can go,” Thomas said. “I got a bunch of guys that are really good football players. Having athletes makes it a lot easier on my end.”
15 seniors graduate for the Tigers and they’re young at spots. Sophomore Will Cantrell will start at quarterback. The guys say everyone is responding well to Thomas’ leadership.
“We love coach Thomas,” Sophomore Will Cantrell said. “He’s a great motivator and gets the best out of us everyday.”
“He came in here and really motivated us. We’re really buying in,” senior Josh Metcalf said.
The Tigers said it’s a matter of building off their recent success and taking the next step.
“We do want to win this year,” senior Jaylon Jernighan said. “I feel real good about winning those games last year.”
Thomas said the linebackers are the strength of the defense.
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