By Jason Munz/The Hattiesburg American
HATTIESBURG — Mix inexperience with a tough schedule and a cluster of question marks, and what you have is the recipe for a rebuilding year.
“From the kicking game on down, we lost it all after last year,” Oak Grove head coach Nevil Barr had said in August.
Barr said he thought the team would be “better than we look,” but only after his young players got some game experience.
Yet, here are the Warriors — 7-1 and sitting pretty in the intimidating Region 3-6A, which includes powerhouses like Petal, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Brandon and Natchez. They’re 3-1 after four games in league play.
As many unknowns as there are on this Oak Grove football team, the one that probably stands out the most is on the sideline.
The Warriors’ first-year offensive coordinator — maybe you’ve heard of him — is Brett Favre.
“I’ll say it again, it’s all new to me,” Favre said.
The future NFL Hall of Famer added he feels like he’s still getting his feet wet, eight games into the 11-game regular season.
“Frankly, I didn’t expect us to be (7-1),” he said. “I had no idea what we could do. Can we run a slant? Can we run an outside play?
“Other teams can say, ‘Yeah, we’ve got a guy that can go up and catch a jump ball.’ I don’t know if we’ve got that. I still don’t.”
Regardless, Favre is pleased with the way things are going right now — especially on a personal level.
Favre made no secret that he was somewhat hesitant to put himself back out there after retiring from football and the spotlight in 2010.
But he’s happy.
“Like the end of the game (vs. Meridian), when Kirk (McCarty) threw that (go-ahead) touchdown,” he said. “There was a part of me that felt like I was back up against San Francisco when I was with Minnesota.”
He was referring to the game-winning touchdown pass he threw to Greg Lewis in his first game as a Viking in 2009 — the same play that won that year’s Espy for “Best Play.”
“If you would’ve asked me after that game if I would ever have that feeling again or even close to that, I would’ve told you no,” Favre said. “But I’m sitting here, telling you now, that it was pretty close.”