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Hoang, Mustangs aim 'to keep moving down the line, boys'
South Effingham’s Noah Hoang (13) snags a pass in front of a Jenkins defender during an Aug. 28 game at The Corral. The ball was thrown by Taylor Jackson (left). - photo by Photo by Birk Herrath

GUYTON — South Effingham's upset of Class AAA No. 8 Jenkins on Aug. 28 might not be a big deal for some it's far from being a distant memory for Noah Hoang. The Mustangs receiver replays the big night in his head everyday and basks in the joy of the victory with his teammates.

"I am," Hoang replied when asked if he still thinks about the 29-26 overtime victory. "Everytime (I talk to) our quarterback, Taylor Jackson, I always bring up the game. We have a group chat and I'm always talking about that game. 

“We beat them, next we got Effingham and we are just going to keep moving down the line, boys."

Hoang was determined to put an end to the Mustangs’ misery of losing to Jenkins long before Liam Rickman delivered with decisive points with an overtime field goal. The Warriors had beaten the Mustangs three straight times, outscoring them 93-44.

"I've never been so excited in my life when my Liam kicked that field goal," Hoang said. "I didn't stop congratulating him after that. The only thing I was worried about was getting that first drive. If we could score on that first drive, that would set the tone for the rest of the game. We got down the field and we did what we needed to do. 

“We made a couple mistakes here and there but we made up for it in the end. Jenkins put up a fight and we knew Jenkins would come and hit us in the mouth. When we stepped on the field, we made a pact that we were going to beat this terrible record South has. We are going to come out as this new team that no one in the stands has seen. And we have yet to let them down."

Hoang has become a reliable weapon for the Mustangs despite scoring just one touchdown last year. The wideout credits first-year assistant coach Loren Purvis for developing the receiving corps into what it is today. 

"Practices are great," Hoang said. "We have new running drills and cone drills that we do. Everything is different now.

“Our receivers have upgraded dramatically. We get there quick, we do what we need to do and we get off the ball quick. Everything is perfect.

“I've never been so excited to play football in my life."

Hoang admires the skills of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who is much more reserived than Hoang. Hoana prefers to tap into his inner Larry Bird and let his opponent know what his next move is going to be. 

"I tell them when I line up on the ball. I will tell you where I want you to be and if you're not going to be there I am going to beat you deep," he said.

Hoang said maintaining a team-first attitude will be the key to South Effingham maintaining its recent run of success. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2015.

"At the end of the day, I just want us to not be selfish when it comes to playing the game of football and to play as a team," Hoang said. "For the past three years, we were selfish. This year we are playing as a team. 

“We haven't let anyone down, not even ourselves."

The Mustangs will host Effingham County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.