Greg Street had waited for two years to enjoy the postgame celebration. For others involved with the Crawford County football program, the wait had been even longer.
But the Eagles certainly did enjoy their 41-7 win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian on Friday, marking the program’s first win since Oct. 9, 2009. In between those two victories, Crawford County had suffered 43 straight losses.
“You talk about a weight on our shoulders, an insurmountable weight at times,” Street said. “Everyone’s really excited. We never tried to coach down to the streak or the losses.
“We always told the kids to give us everything they had, do everything the best they could, and these kids this year have done that, and it paid off Friday night.”
The win was Street’s first as a head coach as Crawford County went winless in his first two seasons. The program also went winless in 2010 and 2011 after losing the final three games of 2009.
That all came to an end Friday as the Eagles broke open the game in the second quarter and got touchdowns from Tyrick Reeves, Quay Wiggins, Jaylin Hicks, Adam Morris and Quin Pennymon.
“It’s not like Mount Vernon was some subpar team,” Street said. “They had the same amount of numbers we do, playing the same amount of kids on both sides. But we got the ball to some kids in space, and they made things happen. Our kids now can pick things up, and they’re executing the way they should be.”
Street’s task this week is getting his players refocused and ready for the rest of this season, which features a non-region schedule as the program looks to build from the ground up.
The Eagles host Central-Talbotton this week.
“That’s dangerous,” Street said with a laugh. “When you break that streak, the kids will think they’re going to be better than everyone we play now, but we’ll have to break them down again and keep them humble so they can stay focused.”