DECATUR, Miss. Damon Mapp is a 6-foot, 180 pound quarterback. Last season, he was backup to Hayden West for the Cougars. This year, he’s looking forward to being in the starting role.
“I've worked really hard for it," Mapp said. "I’m not saying that in a cocky way but I feel like I’ve been the man and now it’s my time.”
The Cougars went 2-9 last season under first year head coach Bobby Bass. Mapp is determined to get the team back on track and produce more wins this season.
"The passing yards, the touchdowns, it doesn't matter," Mapp said. "We have to win the season. That’s all I’m here for...I just want to win and bring back Newton County to what it used to be.”
As an underclassmen last season, Mapp shared it was difficult motivating some of the older players to step up. As a new season approaches, he feels ready to be in the leadership role of starting QB.
"I work hard every day. It’s amazing that I’m here right now," Mapp said. "If you ask anybody, I’m on the field, in the weight room...I just put a lot of commitment into what I do.”
When asked who his biggest supporter has been, Mapp had a special person in mind who knows a thing or two about playing quarterback for Newton County.
"My dad...you know, we may have our disagreements on stuff but he's where I got it from," Mapp said. "He used to play quarterback for Newton County. That's why I wear number nine because he used to wear it."
Newton County opens up the season on the road at Leake Central on Aug. 23.