Falcons aim to continue turnaround

Posted July 18, 2014

Two years ago the Seventy-First football team didn’t win a single game. Last year new head coach Duran McLaurin brought them to nearly 500, a 5-6 record.

“Discipline is very important – doing the right things off the field so they can be available to compete on the field, getting the guys on the field that need to be playing and out of the hallways,” McLaurin said.

With senior quarterback Jamel Joliffe in his third varsity season the Falcons look primed to continue the turn around.

“The kids are doing a good job with coming in and buying into the system. We’re in the second phase of building this program and them coming out here today and competing is the next step in getting ready for next season,” said McLaurin.

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The Falcons 1-5 record in Mid-South play last season may scream otherwise but coach McLaurin says he isn’t worried about that at all.

“We lost three games by a total of five points. So I’m very positive about the changes that we can make and if one point separates us from three or four other teams in the conference then I think we’ll be alright next season,” said McLaurin.

Turnaround could be McLaurin’s middle name.

“Last season was last season,” said McLaurin. “We’re going to focus on moving forward. We got a good group of kids coming back so the future looks bright.”

The former EE Smith head coach took the Golden Bulls from a no-win season to conference champs in just four years. And he’s hoping to do the same thing, here at his Alma Mater.


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