Go-Devils go hard into 2021 season


Teresa Martin Griffin

The Go-Devils looks to keep up the momentum coming off a conference win last season.

Since Kyle Jackson took the reins at Gurdon, his expectations have always been high for his Go-Devil program. Those expectations include: winning a conference title and winning a state championship.

Last year, Gurdon won its second conference title in two years but fell short again for a second straight year in the semi finals. They finished the 2020 season 10 and two with losses to Fordyce, who won the class 2A title, and Prescott who was also a semi final team in class 3A.

The Go-Devils also had the most experienced team in class 2A. Gurdon will go into 2021 with new faces at almost every spot on the field after losing 17 starting seniors in May.

The first position is the most important position on offense at quarterback. Head Coach Jackson believes Senior Andruw Jones is the next man up. Jones backed up former All Conference quarterback D.J. Anna and came in on multiple occasions at the end of blowout games.

“He’s played a lot of snaps and seen some game action, which you can’t replicate,” Jackson said. “He’s a really dependable kid and does everything you can ask a quarterback to do.”

The Go-Devils gain back Sam Bell who finished last season third in the rushing game with 314 yards and even four touchdowns.

Zamari Haynie starredfullback at defensive end and will move over to . Haynie, a college prospect, achieved All Conference last fall after tackling opponents 34 times, sacking the quarterback five times and recovering four fumbles.

The Gurdon offensive line returns All Conference player Ethan Shaver at right tackle. He anchors an old but inexperienced offensive line that returns two starters.

Junior Kyle Radford looks to be the starter at tight end and should provide extra strength on the o-line. Classmate Colby Brigance returns in 2021 after an ACL injury ended his sophomore season.

The Go-Devil defense should be good again in 2021. The defense allowed no more than 20 points a game while the offense put up huge numbers. As said before, Haynie likely leads this Go-Devil defense.

Junior Bryce Bratton won All Conference honors as a sophomore at safety making 31 tackles and never getting beat deep. Radford starts at the other defensive end spot while Haynie holds down one side, but Coach Jackson is high on Brigance at outside linebacker.

“He doesn’t sit on his heels and wait,” Jackson said. “Colby goes full speed all the time.”

Gurdon will play a benefit game at Fordyce on August 19. The Go-Devils begin their 2021 campaign with a trip to Lafayette County.