Kossuth High School is a class 3A school in Kossuth, Mississippi – located at the northeast corner of the state. The maroon, grey, and white Aggies are under Head Coach Brian Kelly. The team had a good season in 2022, with a regular season record of 8-2. The Aggies also placed top in their division with a 4-0 record, taking the team to the playoffs. In the 3A playoffs, Kossuth cruised through the first two rounds before falling short to Noxubee County.
The School opened doors in 1913, but did not move up to 3A until 1984. The next season Kossuth won their district title for the first time. Since the 1985 season, the Aggies won seven more district championships in 1998, 1999, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2021, and 2022.
Head Coach Brian Kelly is a veteran at the job, with just having finished his 20th season coaching. He has been at Kossuth High School for 14 years, 12 years as the head football coach. Majority of the success the Aggies have had over the years are with Coach Kelly, as 5 of the 8 district championships won by the school stem from his era with the team. The Aggies are on the rise with a 20-6, 8-0 district record in the last two seasons. I had the opportunity to speak with Coach Kelly earlier regarding his program and players for the upcoming season.
The Aggies will be returning 7 starters on the offensive side, with 6 returning for the defense. The is a good amount of players for a program on the rise, but they will have to do it without graduating quarterback Jack Johnson. Kossuth now turns towards some of their returning starters spotlighted below for a successful year this upcoming season.
Senior running back, no. 5 Brady Kelly is listed at 5’10” 160 pounds. Kelly is one of the returning starters for the Aggies and is in the class of 2024. He is a strong running back who is not afraid to lower a shoulder. Brady has led the team in rushing the past two seasons, and is expected to take on an even bigger role in 2023.
Upcoming senior and 4-year starter for Kossuth High School, Brody Hajek is an outstanding kicker for the team.
No. 11 Wide receiver/ defensive back, Reid Coward is listed at 6’2″ 185 pounds. His coach gave his player high praise and expects him to be a big contributor on both sides of the ball this upcoming season. Coward is in the class of 2024.
It will be fun to watch what this program can do in class 3A football for years to come. Coach Brian Kelly has the team preparing in the offseason by lifting weights and staying in shape. In fact, a good amount of players on the team compete through powerlifting too. Kossuth has a great weightlifting program that has won many state titles, as well as a dominant football team under Coach Kelly. The team will have higher exceptions to maintain due to recent years, but the Aggies are up for the challenge.