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Paragould gets ready for the big game of the week

Football Friday Night has come fast and furious.

Hard to believe we are already set for week 3.

Pocahontas at Trumann is our big game of the week. 

Last night we previewed the Wildcats, tonight, we go inside the huddle with the Rams.

"We're a team and we'll come after you if we have to," Paragould middle linebacker Joby DeVault said.

"A lot of people count us out in other years, so it's nice to have a change," Paragould quarterback Zach Hoggard said.

Paragould has had a run of losing seasons. Haven't been over .500 in 12 years. 

Michael Sloas promoted to head Coach, and quickly the culture has changed.

"These kids have bought in to what we are trying to do and it starts with the coaches. We come out here full of energy and they feed off of us and we try to give them all that we have and that's all we ask of them. Two and a half hours of all they've got," Sloas said.

And Hooten's magazine, their coaches poll has the Rams finished to pick last in their league and the players are tired of hearing about the past.

"It's been on my mind every day at practice since you see those standings and every day you're thinking we can't be where they put us, we've got to prove somebody wrong," DeVault said.

"We get tired of hearing that a lot but another thing it's nice to be the class to come in and try to change things," Hoggard added."

Right out of the gate the Rams got a win.

"To get that big win and win in the fashion that we did, it made us sound like we knew what we was talking about. They knew that, but even week two, we got hit in the mouth by Pocahontas, great football team, there was no quit ever in that game. There's no quit in this team, they're going to be fine," Sloas said.

2014 Paragould started the year 2-1, and can do the same this season. And like back then, the Rams have to go through Trumann to make it happen.

"They're a smaller school but they play real hard and they make up for it in effort so we have to come out and at least match their effort, play hard, and do what we can do," Hoggard said.

"We've really been focused on the week not the season. We're trying to win the games one at a time. The season is nice to look back on, it's more about that Friday night," DeVault said.

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