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French Campâ€™s journey to the state title was nothing short of impressive.
After starting out 0-4, the team dug deep and rallied their way to an 11-5 season which ultimately ended with the Panthers hoisting the Class A State championship trophy.
Looking back, head coach Nathan Wright said he â€śwouldnâ€™t want it any other way.â€ť
â€śIt was hard fought,â€ť Wright said. â€śWe went through a lot of different dimensions. Things had to be worked on, even with the coaches. We had some things we had to hash out and get on the page with. I guess that is the greatest part of it. Just to get through all that difficulty whether it was losses, injuries or whatever we needed to work through and to come out the best team in Class A football is just an honor. Going through a lot of difficulty and having everybody count you out, it's just something about coming out that way makes it just fulfilling and rewarding as a coach.â€ť
Wright was chosen The Starkville Daily News Area Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Taking a team with the humble beginnings of this yearâ€™s Panthers all the way to the state championship takes quite a bit of coaching; however the humble Wright places all the credit with the athletes on the field.
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