Sep 13, 2012 12:25 PM
The Paris Greyhound football team will take the field Friday against Nicholas County hoping to improve its perfect record to 4-0.
Getting off to an unbeaten start may not seem like that big of a deal to fans of powerhouse programs, but consider this - Paris managed just a single victory over the previous three seasons.
Not an easy pill to swallow for a school that once held the longest win-streak in the nation - winning 38 straight games between 1981-1983.
Brian Washington took over the helm at Paris this season. This makes his second stint as the Greyhound skipper. Washington coached Paris in 2005 and 2006, but stepped down for personal reasons. With his son on the team and the program in disarray, he decided the time was right to come back.
"You know, even my own son told me he never knew what it was like to win two ballgames in a row, because he hadn't," he said.
Washington says he wants to establish a new tradition at Paris, and he's off to the good start. The Greyhounds beat Jackson County 46-21 in their opener and then followed up with a 20-12 victory over Paintsville. Going into last week's bye, Paris rolled over Trimble County 55-0 in game three. The Greyhounds are averaging 40 points per game, while holding opponents to just 11.
"Our big motto is why wait to be great, so, you know, tomorrow's not promised for these guys, so we set the bar, why wait to be great," Washington said. "We try to be the very best team we can be today, and the team has to be better tomorrow. So if we can be the very best team we can be each day, we have a chance to be pretty successful."
Although Washington stepped away from high school coaching for a while, he continued to coach at the middle school level. As a result, a lot of his players were already familiar with him. That made the transition a little easier. His players appear to be buying into their new coach's system.
"It means something to the team not to disappoint Coach Washington, and just from what he's done for us, you know especially since our senior class hasn't seen a winning record since they've been in high school," Paris quarterback Nate Stevens said.
The Greyhounds will take on Nicholas County (3-1) at home Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.