"East Webster played really well and we could have played a lot better," Heard said at the conclusion of his team's 41-0 loss. "We have some things to work on before next week."
As his team's top skill position player, Heard is playing some at running back, wide receiver and defensive back. It is pretty clear that the Lions' success this season will depend on the play of their rising star.
"It's pretty tiring, but you just have to work it out when you play at a 1A school," Heard said. "It's just what I have to do to help the team."
A handful of schools have shown varying levels of interest in the north Mississippi speedster. Mississippi State was the first to offer and the Bulldogs remain in touch.
"State is pretty much the main school I am hearing from," Heard said. "I am just kind of waiting to see what all is going to happen."
There was talk that Heard was close to making a commitment to the Bulldogs over the course of the summer. Heard was unable to take part in the June camp sessions, but did make it to Starkville for the Big Dawg camp. With the fall evaluation period set to begin September 1st, Heard is hoping to see some Mississippi State coaches at one of his games. He will be attending one of theirs very soon.
"I plan on going to State's first home game," Heard said. "I plan on making it to as many games as I can get to."
For now, the most important game on Heard's mind is this Friday night's contest against South Pontotoc. The Lions have some work to do to prepare for that lid lifter.
"We really need to work on running the football," Heard said. "There are a lot of things we need to do better, so hopefully we can have a good week of practice and be ready to go."