Gators look to end season with win

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 06:42 PM.

Friday’s trip to Vernon will be the first time Brunson has coached against the team that gave him his job as a head coach 15 years ago.

“I got my start there in the football season of 1997 so I’m looking forward to it (going back)” he said. “This will be my first time in 13 years that I’ve been back over there (as a coach), and to take a team into the friendly confines of Vernon Stadium will be special.”

Vernon also is a place that saw Brunson celebrate many big events in his personal life.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in Vernon I made the four years I was there,” he said. “I was married while I was there and my first child was born. There are some great memoriesbut I’m expecting a quality opponent and a charged environment, and I’m looking forward to it.”

The season has not been kind to the Yellow Jackets. Injuries have piled up as losses have mounted in a 1-8 campaign. Brunson refuses to take anything for granted as the Gators prepare for what he expects to be a tough Vernon squad.

“Vernon’s got a couple of very athletic receivers,” he said “They spread it out and throw it around and they can hit a big play at any time. They are kind of like Northview or Bonifay (Holmes County); they are four wide, or maybe two-by-two (receiver set) or three-by-one (receiver set).

“Those kids at Vernon are tough. They’ve dealt with some injuries and their running back, Peter Dobbs, got hurt. They’ve been without him, but again, they are very dangerous because they spread it around and throw it.”

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