MACON-- The last time it happened was October of 2010. The Howard Huskies football team has been searching for a win over 24 games. That "W" finally arrived Friday night at East Laurens.
"I can't remember [a win] that had more emotions for the kids, plus the fan base last Friday night," said head coach Barney Hester. "It was a huge win for us. We needed a win."
Hester is in his first season with Howard after a long stint at Tattnall.
The Huskies dominated the first quarter, but slipped up on a kickoff.
"I think they had three plays the first quarter and we had it the rest of the first quarter," said Hester. "We kick off and they bring it back in one play. It was 7-7 and we've worked really hard. Yeah, it was a concern, but we overcame that."
Howard came back to win 20-14 over the Falcons.
"It was just a great experience," said senior Claudius Nylander. "We were tired of going back out there losing, hearing 'ya'll did such a good job. Try next time.' We want to over-come that and finally get that win."
The team broke down film before practice on Monday.
"Our kickoff team was very poor to be quiet honest with you," said Hester. "We didn't do a really good job containing and covering like we should.
"We've got so many correctable errors, which is a good thing knowing that it's not like we're just out-manned there. That's not the issue, we've just got correctable errors we've got to take care of so our team can get better."
Howard plays Southwest at Henderson Stadium on Thursday, September 5.