Southside Looking To Bounce Back Against Greenwood

Normally Greenwood is the last team you would want to face when trying to forget a loss but things could be a little different for Southside this week.

The Rebels’ 37-7 loss to Conway last week was the school’s worst loss since the 2010 season but Jeff Williams’ team isn’t thinking about anything other than Greenwood.

“You just got to get rid of it, just let it go and move on to the next week,” Southside running back D’erek Fernandez said. “We’ve got another big game.”

“Focus on the hand at task,” Southside linebacker Collin Moore said. “They’ve been talking Greenwood so that’s all on our mind. We’ve been waiting a year for this game. It’s here and it’s time to get focused on it.”

Greenwood is looking for their 45th consecutive win but Southside will be their toughest test to date this season. The Bulldogs have won their seven games this season by an average of 34 points per game.

“Southside is a really good team,” Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess said. “It’s going to be a big game for us. There’s going to be a lot of hype going into it and I’m just real excited to play those guys.”

The Bulldogs’ defense hasn’t received many headlines but that is one unit Williams said deserves more attention.

“I think their defense is something a lot of people don’t talk about, giving up barely nine points a game and obviously the Burgess kid is an outstanding division-I quarterback and their offensive line has been very impressive all year long,” Williams said.

Last year’s meeting, a 45-21 Greenwood win, was determined by turnovers and Greenwood coach Rick Jones knows Friday’s tilt could be the same.

“We’re not necessarily concerned with time of possession but we’re concerned with being effecient with our possessions and I think that’s going to be the real key,” Jones said. “We have to take advantage of the possessions that we have and make them productive.”