Thursday, July 21, 2005

Football season draws near; Patriots start practice Monday

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Believe it or not, high school football practice starts next week for one Marshall County team.

The Marshall Academy Patriots open preseason drills next Monday, July 25. The public schools, Holly Springs and Byhalia, start practice a week later, Monday, Aug. 1.

At MA, head coach Wade Griffin will enter his second season at the helm. The Patriots finished 4-7 in the 2004 campaign.

Griffin will get a first look at his 2005 team in a jamboree Thursday, Aug. 11, at Kirk Academy.

Meet the Patriots night at the school is set for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Marshall then kicks off the regular season Friday night, Aug. 19, at home against Rossville, Tenn.

The remainder of the schedules includes: Friday, Aug. 26, Magnolia Heights, away; Friday, Sept. 2, Bayou, away; Friday, Sept. 9, Kirk, home; Friday, Sept. 16, Marvell, Ark., away; Friday, Sept. 23, Indianola, away; Friday, Sept. 30, Carroll, home; Friday, Oct. 7, West Memphis, Ark., away; Friday, Oct. 14, Lee (MS), home; Friday, Oct. 21, DeSoto, Ark., home; and Friday, Oct. 28, North Delta, away.

The Holly Springs High School Hawks will be under the leadership of new head coach Clifford Brown. Holly High finished 4-7 last season and was eliminated in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The Hawks open their 2005 regular season Friday, Aug. 26, at home against Lafayette.

The remainder of the slate includes: Friday, Sept. 2, Ripley, away; Friday, Sept. 9, Shannon, away; Friday, Sept. 16, North Panola, home; Friday, Sept. 23, Water Valley, away; Friday, Sept. 30, Senatobia, home; Friday, Oct. 7, Rosa Fort, homecoming; Friday, Oct. 14, M.S. Palmer, away; Friday, Oct. 21, Independence, home; Friday, Oct. 28, Byhalia, away.

Holly Springs will be competing in a new district this year due to realignment by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Other district members are Water Valley, Senatobia, M.S. Palmer, Independence and Byhalia.

The Byhalia Indians, after the rebirth of the program a few years back and playing as an independent, enters the playoff hunt for the first time in Class 3A. Coach Gaylon Jones’ team finished 4-6 last year.

Byhalia High School is on the road for game one of the season, Friday, Aug. 26. The Indians visit Lake County, Tenn.

The remainder of the schedule includes: Friday, Sept. 2, Ackerman, home; Friday, Sept. 9, Chester County, Tenn., home; Friday, Sept. 16, M.S. Palmer, away; Friday, Sept. 23, Independence, home; Friday, Sept. 30, Pontotoc, home; Friday, Oct. 7, North Panola, away; Friday, Oct. 14, Water Valley, homecoming; Friday, Oct. 21, Senatobia, away; Friday, Oct. 28, Holly Springs, home.


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