Titans, Mustangs to square off Friday night

Published 9:11 am Friday, September 23, 2022

By Jay Spivey

West Forsyth will take on Parkland Friday night at Jerry Peoples Stadium with both teams searching for their first win of the season.
“Hard times come and they go,” Snow said. “And at the end of the day, you’ve got to be ready to play. Right now (Parkland) is in the same boat we are, and we’ve got to go be ready to play, period.”
We are not looking for anything different on Monday (when practice starts). At the end of the day, we’ve got to line down and get better, and go from there. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
Parkland is in a similar situation as West Forsyth so far this season.
“I think there are a lot of lessons learned early on in the season, but the biggest thing is growth — being able to see the difference in our play.” Said Coach Derek Bryant of Parkland, who is in his third season with the program. “And a lot of the games we played last year, the scoreboard was a little different early in the games. And this year, being able to play with teams and be right there, especially when you’re as young as we are.
“Four out of five players up front (on the offensive line) are sophomores. The quarterback is a sophomore.
“We knew a lot of guys were lost and things of that nature. Luckily for me, our athletic director (Linwood Jerald) has been nothing but amazing. He’s a former football coach, and we both had this conversation. And he’s told me it’s been like this before and just keep doing what you’re doing — instilling the discipline and those winning ways, and the wins will come.”
Parkland has been much more competitive this season but lost its conference opener 38-8 against Glenn last week.
“We did some things to help (Glenn) pull away on the scoreboard,” Bryant said. “But I think it was situation where they saw the name and didn’t see the players, especially in the second half.”
When Parkland arrives at West Forsyth next Friday, both coaches know what to look for.
“First of all, (West Forsyth) is well coached,” Bryant said. “They have been for quite some time. Coach Snow does an amazing job of getting those guys to play every week.
“If you look at their film, I know the scoreboard and their record says a whole bunch of things, but when you turn on the film you see a hungry football team. You see a team that’s very disciplined. They know who they are. And each and every game they’ve played this year they’ve been right there at the end.”