Thursday, July 28, 2005


• Football in late July •

MA opens practice in heat


The Marshall Academy Patriots took to the football practice field Monday about 10 a.m. amidst the summer’s hottest temperatures yet.

Head coach Wade Griffin, prior to the first practice, told his players they would take many breaks.

“We are going to take care of you,” Griffin said. “Your coaching staff will look out for your best interest.

“You have to drink lots of fluids. You have to force the fluids. If you’re thirsty, you’re already starting to dehydrate.”

Due to the temperatures nearing 100 degrees, Griffin called off a planned Monday afternoon practice. Instead, the Patriots were scheduled to lift weights at 7 p.m.

He also talked to the players about moving practice to earlier in the morning until an expected break from the extreme heat later in the week.

Marshall Academy will play in a jamboree Thursday, Aug. 11, at Kirk Academy. Meet the Patriots is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the football field.

The Patriots, coming off a 4-7 season last year, open the 2005 campaign Friday, Aug. 19, at home against Rossville, Tenn.

Assisting Griffin, entering his second season as head coach, are Mike Bush, Jimmy Hicks, Murray Rhodes, Nick Roberts and headmaster Tommy Gunn.

Byhalia High School and Holly Springs start football practice next Monday, Aug. 1.

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson

One of the nice things about a job like this is one gets asked the questions which are often closest to the heart. About a week or so ago, someone asked when we were going to start writing about football again. This was really welcomed because it simply meant that I was not the only one with an “itchy trigger finger,” metaphorically speaking.

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