Leading into FCAHS’ final non-district contest last Friday, first-year Aggie coach Brad Calcote challenged junior tailback Devonte Dixon to do something he hadn’t done all season: Play a complete game.
“If you play a whole game, we’re gonna win,” Calcote told Dixon.
Dixon answered the bell, and as a result, the Aggies picked up their first victory of the year and the Calcote era, beating Hazlehurst, 20-14.
“I’m just proud for our guys to have some success,” said Calcote. “They have been working. We’ve been telling them to keep pushing and keep fighting and do what you’re supposed to do, and good things will happen for you.”
Against Hazlehurst, it all started with Dixon, who had been nursing a high ankle sprain the previous few weeks. With his ankle close to 100 percent, Dixon aimed to carry the ball 25 times last Friday. He was off by just a little, finishing with a whopping 38 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Dixon is our Week 6 Sports601 Hattiesburg Player of the Week.
“I’m proud of my offensive line. They helped me out,” said Dixon of the performance. “The rest of the running backs, they helped me out, too. I didn’t just do it by myself, I did it with my teammates.
“I was proud of myself, too. I really didn’t think I would have that many carries. It surprised me that I did.”
It’s all good, though, because to Dixon, there’s no better feeling than having the ball in your hands. “When I touch the ball, I feel like a monster, and I just work my way up.”
“He [Dixon] has got that burst and that first step,” added Calcote. “In practice and in games, he runs hard. If we’re running practice on bags, he just throws himself up in there, and in games does the same thing.
“He runs angry, man.”
Moving forward, Calcote hopes his Aggies can build off the win starting this Friday in their district-opener at home versus Lawrence County.
“We’re all 0-0 at this point,” said Calcote. “Everybody is starting on an even shake.”