Winning has become a way of life in Wayne County. The football team has played for the 4A state championship four out of the last five years. And they've taken home the trophy twice.
Athletic director and head coach Marcus Boyles says he expects that same level of performance in the classroom. Wayne County's academics are on the verge of a Level 4. Boyles says in his six years at the school, only one player has been ineligible due to grades. And he says for players looking towards college, it's even more important.
"You know, you have to have the grades," said Boyles. "Have to have a 17 on your ACT, have to have the 2.5 GPA in core classes. P.E .and stuff like that does not count as a core class."
Administrators say students at Wayne County excel in more than athletics and academics. They say the student body gives back to the community. Senior Kayla Harvey says it just makes sense.
"Volunteering and getting involved with organizations like the Red Cross and The Salvation Army teach you to care about other and they teach you to give back to your community, which is, really our main purpose for being here," Harvey said.
Principal Al Smith says success comes from more than just winning.
"We feel like the more students are involved in other activities, other than reading, writing, and arithmetic, then they are better prepared," said Smith.
But Boyles says they still couldn't do it without the fans.
"Our fans just get there early and when we pull up in the bus our visiting side is just full of orange and that's what we like," Boyles said.
Wayne County meets Clarksdale for the big game Saturday in Jackson.