Huntington welcomes Reeves

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 30, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. – The smell of fish frying greeted visitors to Huntington High Thursday.

Also greeting visitors was the latest catch, newly-named Huntington head football coach Gerald Reeves, who Hound fans hope to get the Huntington football cooking as well.

&uot;I’m excited,&uot; said Huntington junior lineman Barrett Arthur. &uot;He seems like a nice guy and deals with people real well.&uot;

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&uot;He seems fine to me,&uot; said junior safety Todd Iverstine. &uot;I just want to see us win more games.&uot;

Reeves, 46, was named head coach this week.

Reeves, a native of Meadville, said he has been hoping to get a coaching job in the Miss-Lou.

&uot;I&160;hope to get this school back to where it was at one time,&uot; said Reeves, who coached against Huntington when he was head coach at Tensas Academy and River Oaks. &uot;I know they’ve been fighting the numbers situation like everybody else. But you don’t have to have the numbers to be successful. It’s the quality in those numbers.&uot;

Reeves knows what it takes to build a winner.

&uot;It’s going to take hard work and dedication,&uot; he said. &uot;Any team I had that was successful put in a lot of hard work. And the benefits of working hard are far greater.&uot;

Reeves said his philosophy depends on the talent.

&uot;I don’t ever go to a school saying I’m going to run this or that,&uot; he said. &uot;I like to run multiple sets. On our team that won the championship at River Oaks we had a good passing game, so we passed it 70 percent of the time. At Valley Forge we ran the veer. I just have to see what we do best.&uot;

As for defense, Reeves said he will go with multiple fronts.

&uot;I&160;like to do a good bit of attacking,&uot; he said. &uot;I don’t like to sit back and try to control the line.&uot;