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Morrow, Forest Park playing for first win

Photo by Derrick Mahone Morrow coach J. Livingston’s team will take on Forest Park tonight as both teams are searching for their first win of the season. 

Photo by Derrick Mahone Morrow coach J. Livingston’s team will take on Forest Park tonight as both teams are searching for their first win of the season. 

Pride.

That’s what the Morrow and Forest Park players are playing for when the two teams meet tonight in the season finale for both.

Also, the winner avoids a winless season and moves out of the cellar in Region 4-AAAA.

The teams enter tonight’s 7:30 p.m. contest at Tara Stadium at 0-9 overall and in the region.

“A win would send us into the offseason on a good note,” Forest Park first-year coach Edmund Coley said. “These kids have worked hard all year. I did expect us to be a little better, but we had to tear everything down. There was a lot of uncertainties from the players and parents.”

Forest Park will try to halt a 13-game losing skid that dates to last season, including a 14-0 loss to Morrow to end the season.

Mustangs first-year coach J. Livingston has encountered a tough season, which has seen his team shut out in seven games. Morrow has only scored 13 points the entire season.

“I never entered into this from the record standpoint,” Livingston said. “I wanted to see this program move into the right direction. I wanted to be here to help our kids. A large number of our kids didn’t, and don’t, understand the team concept. I wanted to help them develop.”

Despite its record, Coley said he is encouraged about the future of the Panthers program. He said he looks forward to working with a huge sophomore class that has contributed a lot this season.

Because he was hired late in the process, while teaching slots were being determined, Coley missed spring practice and the offseason winter workouts. He said he is anxious to get to work this offseason.

“Our nucleus coming back is pretty good,” Coley said. “We played a lot of seniors, but we have a huge sophomore class. There is a lot of excitement from our sophomores. I’m looking forward to a great offseason.”