Ricky Jackson

Benton Harbor’s Ricky Jackson pressures South Bend Clay’s Jamari Herring during the first half of a game last season.

First-year Benton Harbor football coach Jinks Arnold returns only two starters from last year’s 4-5 team, but is hopeful his inexperienced players can have a successful season.

“I’m very optimistic that our returning upperclassmen that have been waiting in the wings the last couple years are ready to compete,” said Arnold, a defensive backs coach at Ferris State University the past four years. “I want to be a part of the Benton Harbor fans and the community that support their athletes.”

Sports columnist for The Herald-Palladium