DYERSBURG – Jackson Central-Merry’s season ended in a similar way to the rest of its season.
The Cougars fought hard, but a series of miscues and unfortunate events led to a 43-0 loss at Dyersburg on Friday.
“We played well actually for the most part,” JCM head coach Orentheus Taylor said. “The offense moved the ball well most of the time, but we had a problem with turnovers.
“We had too many turnovers and fumbled it three or four times in the first half. That led to them having a 21-0 lead at halftime.”
Taylor said despite the loss and the fact the Cougars didn’t get a victory in 2015, he was proud of the way his kids played. He said he told them that in the team huddle after the game.
“I’m proud of the way these kids continued to fight no matter the circumstances,” Taylor said. “There were a couple of games that we could’ve won if the ball had fell our way, but it didn’t.
“I told them after the game if an 0-10 season is the worst thing they have to deal with in life, then they will have a pretty good life.”
An 0-10 season isn’t even the worst thing the senior class of 2016 had to deal with in their high school careers. The class endured sudden coaching changes, a teammate’s death when Bubba Sterling died in a house fire two years ago, not having a home field for nearly half the season last year and rumors circulating about the possibility of the school closing this season.
“Through all of that, they continued to keep fighting,” Taylor said. “I respect them for that.”
As far as JCM’s fate in Jackson-Madison County School System’s Vision 2020 goes and the possibility of the school being closed, Taylor said he has no control over it.
“Vision 2020 will do what Vision 2020 will do,” Taylor said. “If they decide to close the school, then that’s their decision.
“But my message to the underclassmen is to keep working as if we’ll still be around next year. That’s how I’m going into the offseason. I expect them to do the same. Either way, I’ve enjoyed these guys this season.”