Football - Varsity


2021 Season Outlook

There is a lot to be excited about MRA Football both on and off the field, as the Patriots begin the 2021 campaign. On the field, MRA’s 13 wins in 2020 not only resulted in a second consecutive State Championship, but also set a new school record for wins in a season. This success has led to several renovations at Bank Plus Stadium, “The Home of the Patriots,” to enhance the fan experience, making our house one of the premier facilities in Mississippi. Beginning in 2021, Patriot fans will enjoy a state of the art video board in the south endzone, new scoreboard in the north endzone, and two running playclocks. Moreover, MRA Football is growing into a national brand. Fans can follow the Patriots on ESPN2 when we host the defending 6A Tennessee State Champion Oakland High School Patriots on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 2:00 pm CST. All of these accomplishments add to the legacy of Patriot Football and give us the chance to provide unforgettable experiences for the student-athletes at MRA.

The key to winning is often consistency, and few have won as consistently as Herbert Davis the last few years. Davis is entering his 8th season as head football coach at MRA. Joining the staff is Davis’ son, Hayden, a former Patriot quarterback, who will coach tight ends and linebackers. Also new to the Patriot coaching staff is Jacob Land, who played for Coach Davis when he was in high school. Land will be joining John Weaver as wide receivers coach.

Offensively, the Patriots return three starting wide receivers from the 2020 team. Seniors Davis Dalton, Street Toler and Ty Brooks give this unit the most experience on the field. The biggest question mark for the Patriots entering the 2021 season, however, is who will lead the offense? Currently no one holds the coveted “keys to the Corvette,” and three players, John White, McKinley Woodward, and Ethan Mallett, remain in the hunt for starting quarterback after Winter Training and Spring Ball. Whoever wins the QB1 job, however, will have big shoes to fill. Last season, Zach Beasley threw the ball 228 times for 2,258 yards and 26 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions. The offensive line, coached by Kenny Willians, returns three starters: Rush Bland, Mason McCrory, and Logan Jones. Together these players will selflessly protect whomever is under center and keep all of the Corvette’s pistons firing.

Defensively, the Patriots are coached by Danny White and will need to replace eight starters from last season’s championship unit. Linebacker Stone Balnton and defensive backs Tylor Latham and Cam Covey will give “Danny’s Dawgs” needed experience as they start the 2021 season. The other unit that will feature new players is the defensive line spearheaded by Matt Walker. This unit expects to continue its dominance from years prior winning the line of scrimmage in the trenches. Field position is the key to a great defense and the Patriots return kicker Landon McGee and long snapper Hatcher Swanson on special teams.

Of course, none of this is possible without the 12th Man...YOU! Thank you for being part of the MRA Football Family on Friday Nights and beyond. To the parents, thank you for trusting the care and well-being of your child to our teachers, leaders, and coaches. To the community, thank you for believing in our FAMILY on the corner of Old Canton Road and St. Augustine. The quest for the golden ball begins now!