JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Lanier Bulldogs, more familiar with the zero in the win column, creating a little buzz on Maple Street.
There’s real excitement around the football program.
“The community, 833, the administration, the whole school,” said Michael Ashford. "Everybody’s excited about the 3-0 start, and the guys are willing to get ready to work.
A Bulldog program with four winless seasons this decade, now unbeaten through the season’s first three weeks. The turnaround beginning last year: Lanier’s first postseason appearance since 2004.
“For me, it was one of my goals to at least make it to the playoffs,” said Cornelius Scott. “'Cause in the past, there’s been lots of losing. It just made me grind harder.”
That grind made easier by their recent winning ways.
“When you’re losing, it’s not fun no more. You just want to play,” said Robert Taylor. “But when you’re winning, you want to go hard everyday. Even when it’s hot, you want to grind.”
Now the hard part: sustaining success.
It’s something second year head coach Michael Ashford is hoping to instill in the program after coming over from Noxubee County.
“They know where I come from, I told them 3-0, that’s just something we expect, to be 3-0,” said Coach Ashford. “And soon, this program is going to expect to be undefeated before they get to district play.”
The buzz on Maple Street can grow to unprecedented levels.
All that stands between the Bulldogs and a 4-0 start is intercity rival Provine.
The Bulldogs would fall to Provine, bringing them to 3-1 on the season.