It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger
This is the song that plays in my head when I think of the Collins High School football season this year. In front of Fans and the opposing team, Collins High School football team members wore the #66 on their helmets at the 3A State Championship game in Oxford, Mississippi. The team paid homage to their former teammate Jabarri Goudy who was killed this past summer in a shooting outside a nightclub in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The city of Collins and high school football team rallied together this football season may be one that they’ll never forget. Head Coach Ryan Earnest pushed his team to understand what happened and for them to be more mindful of their actions on & off the field.
“I’m just so proud of these kids,” said Ryan Earnest, Collins head coach. “I’m proud of this community, just proud of the way they kept fighting. This is just who these kids are. We have been faced with adversity all year, and what we have been through a football game is trivial. We are just glad to have this opportunity and keep fighting, and this is the result.”
The Collins High School football team went to the first round of state playoffs and won the game 66-43. The Tigers then played against Charleston for the 3A State Championship and won the game 34-32. If you add the two numbers together you will get 66. Jabarri Goudy was there in spirit.
The eye of the tiger song serves as motivation and push for internal strength to keep going. During the South State title game, Head Coach Ryan Earnest mentioned Jabarri’s name and was able to get the team fired up to finish the game.
“It was just something as simple as mentioning his name,” Earnest said to the Clarion Ledger. “It kind of brought them back to the mindset that this is nothing for us to overcome because we’ve overcome so much worse.
“This team was already resilient, but I think they’ve become even more so. Even in death, (Jabarri) has kept this bunch together.”
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The Collins High School Football team & their FANS!