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|The dean and the rookie|
Two coaches stood on the Cathedral High sideline for the first time Friday night as head football coaches.
One, with the retirement of Vidalia's Dee Faircloth last December, is now the dean of high school coaches in the Miss-Lou, while the other experienced being a head coach for the first time ever.
David King is beginning his 13th year at Trinity after serving one year as an assistant coach to Jack Benson and two years as an assistant to Paul Hayles at Trinity.
"It's weird and kind of sad," King said. "This is really going to be an unusual year with Dee Faircloth not walking the sidelines, not a Beesley in charge at Cathedral and Chad Harkins taking over at Ferriday. Being dean of coaches or not, I'm feeling old. I'm 41 going on 70. That's what coaching will do to you."
But it also brings about unique situations, such as Trinity playing St. Aloysius in the first Cathedral Jamboree Friday night.
"That was fun," King said. "(Cathedral coach) Ron (Rushing) invited us to play over the summer and we both thought it would be a unique situation. A lot of these kids play summer ball together and played pee wee football together. Everybody likes to talk about which team is the best and try to make an issue out of the rivalries, but a lot of these kids at these schools are really good friends. I know our guys enjoyed watching Cathedral play and I believe Cathedral players enjoyed watching us play."
King said D'Evereux Stadium is unique in the way the home side of the stadium is built on a hill.
"It is just beautiful and a neat atmosphere for football," King said. "They have a great football field."
Rushing said it wasn't so much of a different feeling on the sidelines because he has called plays in the past.
"I had the meeting before the game with the officials, and that was different," Rushing said. "But I had a blast."
Rushing graduated from ACCS in 1991 and worked for the Natchez Fire Department as a firefighter after graduating college.
He then spent a very short time as an insurance agent.
"I think I had the shortest length of time in insurance history," he said. "I worked for a good company, but I just couldn't do it. I wanted to coach."
Rushing was an assistant coach at Brookhaven Academy and ACCS before moving over to Trinity and serving as an assistant coach under King. He made the move as an assistant to Cathedral last year before taking over for Craig Beesley this year.
"I really didn't realize how much a head coach does," Rushing said. "Craig did a tremendous job. I can now tell how busy he was with responsibilities and duties. But I wouldn't trade it for anything."
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