ABBEVILLE, Ala (WDHN) — At the beginning of July, the Abbeville Yellow Jackets were a football team with talent but they did not have a head coach. Come July 14th, Abbeville made a signing and boy was it a good one. Labrian Stewart was brought in to be the head of the program as well as athletics at the school.
The Friday after Stewart was hired, he was able to attend the Wiregrass high school football coaches media day in Enterprise. And there, he said that this team wins and that Elmer Fudd could coach this team and be successful.
Well he was right about being successful, but Stewart may be some of the reason for it.
The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 8-1 and with their win last Friday over previous unbeated G.W. Long, Abbeville is also the champions of 2A region two.
Now, after the season that they have had, Stewart is still praising the kids he coaches and gives them all the credit.
“These kids have put in so much work, I am proud of them and the way they have progressed. I tell the coaches all the time, we may line them up but you cannot take credit for genetics,” Stewart said.
The talent runs deeps on the team but the Yellow Jackets are led by two seniors, Martavious Glanton at quarterback and Ricky Dozier who leads the defense but also does damage carrying the ball.
But what makes this team different is the way they play together and for each other. And that starts with what they have learned from their first year head coach. Stewart continues to talk about playing for Abbeville and Hive Nation but also not beating Abbeville. That mantra is a large part as to why this team is atop the region and will be hosting two playoff games.
In the first round , Abbeville will be hosting Thorsby next Friday night.