Coming off of last year’s disappointing 0-10 season, Crossett Coach Greg Johnson expects a “vast improvement” this year. To achieve that, Johnson said Crossett has to be better at every aspect of the game.

“Coaching has got to be better, the players have got to be better, fundamentals must be better, scheme must be better, and the kicking game must be better,” he said.

Crossett will kick off their season on September 2 playing Magnolia:


Crossett has made a number of changes this year, including six new coaches, a new defensive scheme, and is working with two quarterbacks, River Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior, and Orlando Robinson, who starts at running back.

“There’s not much of a battle, one will do one aspect of the offense and another will do another aspect of the offense,” Johnson explained. “Robinson will run the wildcat offense and Johnson will run more of the traditional offense.”

Johnson expects his team to be able to compete in the tough 5A Southeast Conference this year. “We must remain stay injury free, we must play well every night and we need some breaks,” he said.

Key Players

Orlando Robinson, Senior, (6-1,180) RB

Robinson started his sophomore year but missed his entire junior year after sustaining a knee injury.

Robinson is fast and tough, Johnson said.

Ryne Rainey, Senior, (5-10, 255) OL

“Ryne is a 3-year starter, he’s very intelligent and has a great work ethic,” Johnson said. “He’s one of the leaders on our football team.”

Kolby Stewart, Senior, (6-2, 230) OL

“He’s got great feet, long arms, and is very intelligent,” Johnson said. “He’s a 3-year starter.”

Kenyon Brantley, Senior, (6-1, 280) DL

“He’s got a great first step and a great work ethic,” Johnson said. “He’s a 2-year starter.”

Qua Brown-Board, Senior, (5-10, 175) LB

He’s got a great motor,” Johnson said. “He’s a 2-year starter.”