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Northeast Lauderdale football in rebuild mode with new head coach

Coach Gowdy explains a drill to a player during summer workouts.
Coach Gowdy explains a drill to a player during summer workouts.(WTOK Sports)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:10 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - When Maurice Gowdy was hired in Feb. to serve as the new head football coach of Northeast Lauderdale High School, we has looking forward to learning more about his team through spring practices.

“I thought we would have some spring football and go through that but the timing of when I was brought on allowed me to get out and meet some people in the community and visit a few churches,” Gowdy said. “I was able to meet with the kids through zoom meetings too so I think it all worked out.”

While Gowdy would have preferred to have both spring and summer practices with his new team, he has been making the most of the past few weeks they’ve spent together since starting offseason workouts in June.

“The best part of this whole thing is being around the kids, getting to know them on an individual basis,” Gowdy said. “They’ve had what, three coaches in four years? So they’re looking for some stability. I believe that me, myself and the coaching staff we’ve assembled have come in and put down a foundation and we’re going to build something great here.”

The Trojans went 2-9 last season under head coach Glenn Sanders, who left in the offseason to serve as offensive coordinator at Meridian High School.

AJ Walker, a senior wide receiver, said it’s his job as an upperclassmen to step up as a leader and help the younger players adjust to another new head coach.

“I just feel like now that we have a new coach, everybody doesn’t know him as well even though we’ve been practicing with him,” Walker explained. “I think for me, I just have to make sure to stay in line, get the plays and know them, listen to coach, respect him and teach the younger guys to do the same.”

There is still no guarantee there will be a 2020 high school football season with the uncertainty of the coronavirus. However, the Trojans are still preparing as if there will be one and for now, are enjoying be back out on the practice field.

“I thought they were going to cancel the season. I thought I wasn’t going to have a senior season and it’s my last year so I gotta show out,” senior wide receiver Lasanto Rowe said. “Everybody that’s been coming to practice is doing all they can to show out for the team and I’ve liked that.”

The Trojans are filled with plenty of upperclassmen leadership as 22 seniors are currently on the roster.

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