Culture Changing for Eaton Rapids Football

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EATON RAPIDS -- Football rivalries are based on tradition. For years, Charlotte and Eaton Rapids have played for The Brown Jug and for years, it's been Charlotte's jug to keep. That is, until last Friday when a late touchdown secured a 17-12 win for the Greyhounds.

"The win against Charlotte was huge for our community," said Eaton Rapids Head Coach Mike Smith. "We haven't seen the jug in 21 years. Everyone wanted to touch the jug like it was the Stanley Cup."

"This is actually my first time ever seeing the jug and it has all the records on it," said senior captain Kyle Sawyer who scored the winning touchdown. "And wow, just for 21 years and none of us were even born then."

Smith has changed the culture at Eaton Rapids in just 3 weeks time and has instilled a winning mentality within the players.

"You have to compete everyday," he said. "You have to try every single day. Even if it's first in line at the weight bench or first in line playing checkers. But they have to compete."

"I just came out ready to play ready to win," said Sawyer. "I knew we need to start with a couple of wins so our mentality would go up and we would be ready to win."

If the Greyhounds beat Jackson Northwest Friday night, they will get their third win of the season for the first time since 1998.

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