"We are still working hard," said Rayford of his team despite their 1-2 start." We were disappointed with the losses, but we're not looking back at that.
"We play Southwind this week and we're trying to get another win."
Rayford reports that he has been impressed with the Memphis area opponent during his film study.
"They run a spread offense," said Rayford. "We watched some film on them and they look pretty good to me.
"I know we are going to have to play hard to get a win."
Rayford was expected to be a factor on both sides of the ball this fall for Byhalia, but his snaps on offense have been reduced as of late.
"I tweaked my ankle, but I am battling back," said Rayford. "I am still going to be there for the team regardless or whatever.
"I have been a little disappointed that I haven't been able to help the team more.
"I am a senior, so I know it's my time to step up.
"Right now, I am having to mainly play on defense. I can't move as well as I need to with my ankle, so I haven't been playing on offense."
This past weekend, Rayford had the chance to visit Mississippi State for the Bulldogs' win over Alcorn State.
"It was a great experience," said Rayford of the trip. "I really like the corners at Mississippi State.
"They are big and athletic and they can all play.
"I like how aggressive they are and what they bring to the team."
Rayford had the chance to speak with Bulldog cornerback boss Deshea Townsend during the unofficial visit.
"Coach Townsend asked me if I knew that he planned to play a bunch of freshmen," explained Rayford. "He told me to come in ready to play and he wants me to be ready when they call on me next year.
"I am hoping to get back up there for the next home game, so I can watch how the corners play again."