The Wildcats Football Team opens district play Friday night (September 13) at Terrell. The Tigers have a new football coach. Former Tigers Coach Mike Shields went to McGregor, near Waco. Arriving in early May was Marvin Sedberry, Junior. If that name sounds familiar it may be because his father, Marvin Sedberry Senior, is a longtime, well regarded football coach who had three separate stops in Greenville. Sedberry Junior also has an impressive resume full of stops where he has turned programs around: Fort Worth Poly, Baytown Lee and most recently at Garland Naaman Forest. Now he’s at Terrell, in need of a rebuild after a one win season last year. Some of the Tigers players left the program and went to other schools after the coaching change. Coach Sedberry Junior says the Tigers are a young team that needs to learn how to win. The Tigers are 0-2 entering district play. They opened at home against Hallsville and Coach Sedberry said they hung with them for about three and a half quarters. Some late turnovers were more than the young Tigers could overcome. Last week Coach Sedberry said he learned why Paris is ranked #7 in the state in Class 4A. Still he says his Tigers are getting better. Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens indicated that he felt the Tigers would like their new coach and would play hard for him. The Tigers run a version of the old Wing-T offense. They are led by senior running back Jaquavious Morris, who like almost all of the Tigers plays both ways. Morris is also a linebacker. Another running back is sophomore Jarrius Nickerson-Scruggs. Defensive standouts for the Tigers include senior linebacker Khalid Johnson, who also plays tight end on offense. Senior Defensive tackle Malik Griffin is a good one and he also plays left guard on the offensive line. Senior Stephen Idemudia is a standout cornerback. Coach Sedberry said the Wildcats 0-2 record is misleading. He added there are no off weeks in District 8-5A as all eight district opponents present a challenge.
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