If you ask Winona senior offensive lineman Macario Sawyer how the football team will do this year, he’ll have a quick, snappy answer.
“Come out and watch us, and support the team,” Sawyer said.
Sawyer is a two–year starter for the Tigers, but his role may be one of the most important roles on this year’s team. He started every game a season ago and was named captain of the offensive line this season. Coming into the season, the offensive line had a question mark on it because of depth issues, but Sawyer said he believes all naysayers will be disappointed.
“There’s no need to worry about us,” Sawyer said. “We’re getting better. I could see that earlier this summer as me and other offensive linemen were here working out and trying to improve.”
Sawyer said offensive linemen such as Jahally McCaskill, Hudson Partlow, Larry Sims and Brandon Maxie have given it their all in preparation for the upcoming season.
After finishing 2-9 a season ago, Sawyer said last season is behind him, and only what’s in front of him has his attention.
“What am I going to do, go back and change that?” Sawyer said. “No. It can’t be done. So what we as an offensive line have to do now is go out there and be the best we can be.”
Sawyer is a soft spoken 17-year-old. He said until this season, he wasn’t considered a vocal leader, but things have changed.
“I had to step up,” Sawyer said. “I wanted to become that motivator to the guys on the line. I just want to do the best I can on that line and try to be the best teammate I can. We have some real talent around us, and we will play our part.”
The Tigers will enter their second year in the tough 4-3A district where they will compete against Louisville, Aberdeen, Nettleton, South Pontotoc and Kemper County.
Sawyer knows the district is one of the toughest out there, but he insists that the goal remains the same.
“The goal is Jackson; it’s that simple,” Sawyer said. “We’ve bought into Coach Tompkins’ system, and Coach Edwards loves the offensive line. They all love the offensive line. I can see us going deep this season, all we have to do is play every snap of the whistle. We all have to go hard and never quit. If you quit, you quit on this team. No one here is quitting.”
Sawyer is the son of the late Jacqueline Sawyer and Catera McGee of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Glendale Edwards of Winona.