Kendrick Office looks to break 18 year playoff drought for Choctaw County football

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 2:43 PM CDT
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BUTLER, Ala. (WTOK) - Kendrick Office started as the new head coach for Choctaw County football on June 1st.

What makes this coaching change so special is that Choctaw County High School is Coach Office’s Alma mater.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to come back home, give back to the youth, and help them make better choices,” he said. “I think my main goal is to give these kids an opportunity to make better decisions in the community, also to have a plan once they leave this high school.”

Last year, the Tigers had to put football on hold due to COVID-19. But with the new season coming in full force, the team is ready to be back in Choctaw County.

“It gets us to get back more used to running, getting in shape, getting back to the stuff we use to do,” senior quarterback Jamarcus Lake said. “It’s also a loss for us that we didn’t get to play last year, stuff like that. Also a loss for the last playing seniors that they didn’t get to play, but they come out and support us and watch us play and hopefully we turn the season up this year.”

It has been over 18 years since the Tigers made the playoffs but with the team not being able to play last year due to the pandemic, Coach Office sees it as a positive.

“18 years since this team has been to the playoffs, had a winning season,” he said. “They had an opportunity not to play last year, but they didn’t lose. That’s good, because they didn’t have that feeling. Sometimes God, He steps in the way and does things man can never do.”

Coach Office’s cycle has completed with him returning home, but the Tigers will look to start this season with a new culture and a new mentality.

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