Natchez High ready for homecoming, hosts South Jones

Published 11:51 pm Thursday, October 5, 2017

Natchez High School football coach Roy Rigsby spent Thursday afternoon adding a special touch to the Bulldogs’ football field in honor of homecoming week.

Up and down every yard line, Rigsby outlined the traditional white marks with blue accents for the game at 7 p.m. tonight against South Jones.

“I just wanted it to look like Natchez High,” he said. “Homecoming is one you want to win because you know there are alumni coming in, and sometimes they are ones who are not able to get to every game. They are making an effort to come this week so I want it to look good. We want to make sure we give them quality football to watch, too.”

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The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1) will attempt to rebound after a loss on the road last week to West Jones, 46-15.

Rigsby said his team suffered greatly from turnovers, as the Bulldogs lost the ball six times.

“It was bad because we beat ourselves,” he said. “Two of them were inside their 20-yard line, so it was not like we made it hard for them to score.”

As another week has gone by, Rigsby said South Jones (5-2, 1-1) is another tough opponent.

“South Jones is a well-coached team. We have our hands full with them,” he said. “Their biggest threat is their quarterback because he is a dual-threat. It presents stress on the defense.”

To notch a win for its home crowd, Natchez will have to find motivation within, Rigsby said.

“I want our guys to play hard, and we want them to play fast,” he said. “We want to fix our mistakes, but knowing better and doing better is sometimes two different things.”

No matter the outcome, Rigsby said he wants Natchez to be proud.

“As a coach, your main objective is to win. We are not the Natchez of last year,” he said. “We want to produce a brand of ball that the city of Natchez is excited about. For myself, I want all of Natchez’s schools to win because this is where I live, and this is my home.

“We want all the fans to come out and support our guys. We want major support from the city.”