Chris Peterson is in his first season at Gautier after a successful coaching stint with Mendenhall. His Gators are feeling better after beating Vancleave.
Peterson said, "I'm very excited and optimistic about the season. A lot of raw football ability that still hasn't come to fruition yet. But I know throughout the course of this season it's going to and we feel like we're going to be a good football team in the weeks to come."
Gautier players are also excited and they can see the impact that Peterson is having on the Gators football program.
Ty Cochran said, "we have a lot more stability in the thing we're going to do everyday. And we know what we're going to do and when we get going real fast he gets after us."@
240 pound senior quarterback Xavien Johnson runs the Gators offense. He takes advantage of his size and is tough to bring down once he takes off running.
175 pound running back Lajuan Johnson has the speed to take it to the house once his wheels are in motion.
Jason Brown and Latiojuin Fairley have also excelled at running back for the Gators.
Defensively Kevin Hughes, Willie Dennis, Adonis Harris excelled in the win over Vancleave. Coach Peterson says defensive lineman Justice Coleman has been making big strides.
Gautier opens Region 4-5A play at home Friday night hosting the 0 and 3 Long Beach Bearcats.