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French Camp follows Wright to state title

December 27, 2013

French Camp coach Nathan Wright, left, talks strategy with members of his team during the season. (Photo by Jim Lytle, AP)

French Camp’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 “wouldn’t want it any other way.”
“It was hard fought,” Wright said. “We 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.”
Wright was chosen The Starkville Daily News Area Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Taking a team with the humble beginnings of this year’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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