South Side compares itself to the Volunteers

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SOUTH JACKSON, Tenn. – South Side’s football team has accomplished a lot in just three weeks into the season. The Hawks reversed a downward trend of losing records that started in 2012. Their 3-0 start makes last season’s one-win total look like a fluke. In addition, the school is riding their longest winning streak in seven years. First year head coach Brian Moore says the team’s mindset is producing better results. “Previous years we always go down on ourselves the first time something bad happens in a game and lose our composure on turn on each other,” Moore said during Wednesday’s rainy practice. “The seniors have really put forth the example that we are going to stay true to what we do.” That’s not the only different element about this season. Moore has a surprise activity on every game day. “I try to do something a little different every Friday. Some of the assistant coaches don’t even know,” Moore said. “Something to keep them in check and give them some encouragement for that Friday night. That’s your last ditch effort to get focused.” Some of those Friday afternoon sessions have involved watching game film of former South Side teams that were good. “Match what those past teams have done,” More said about analyzing past teams. “As far as these kids are concerned, we’re basically Tennessee. Tennessee is trying to win football games with kids that don’t remember Tennessee being good. And we’re trying to win football games with kids that don’t remember South Side being any good.” South Side’s best season while Jaquaris Thorpe was in school was a 5-5 record in 2011. The senior linebacker is ready for South Side to return to prominence. “We trying to get South Side to where it was and where it came from,” Thorpe said. “Live up to the name, South Side.”

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