VARDAMAN, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Vardaman Rams didn't win a game last year. This season has been a roller coaster. Between trying to break the losing streak and overcoming the Coronavirus, the Rams are using the adversity to try and make a push for the playoffs.
"Just kind of leave it in the past and focus on winning in the future," Senior Britton Bailey said.
The Rams broke its losing streak in week 3 of the season against Hamilton. Combine that with a win because of a forfeit last week and they are 2-1 in district, a win against TCPS tomorrow will put them in the driver's seat for a playoff spot.
"Coming off of two wins, better than we did last year, an 0-11 season," Senior BJ Wilson said. "We're just trying to work hard and keep it going."
The little town of Vardaman aka the sweet potato capital of the world found itself in the national spotlight during the Holly Springs game. Head coach Brennan Pugh coached from a lift because he was in quarantine. Brad Logan's tweet went viral with over 2-thousand retweets and 11-thousand likes.
"We thought it might make the local news and that kind of thing but didn't expect it to go viral the way it did," Pugh said.
Pugh's wife contracted the virus. He coached from home for two weeks. His step-dad owns Neighbors Gome Center, so he donated the lift to Pugh so that he could coach from a distance...a high distance.
"I think it was about 35 feet in the air, it goes to 40, I didn't want to peg it out," Pugh said. "It was kind of hard to see, I had some binoculars but we made the most of it."
And for the players, it was entertaining to see coach all the way up in the lift.
"We'd be on that field down there and I'd look up and see him up in the lift calling the plays, it was different," Wilson said.
Pugh said his wife recovered from the virus and oddly enough, he never tested positive. Now he's back on the sideline and he's got a tall order in front of him with the Eagles.