Thursday, August 4, 2005

Hawks start preseason drills

Sports Editor

In the words of new head coach Clifford Brown, the Holly High football Hawks decided to get a “leg up” on the competition by kicking off the practice season with a midnight drill.

The Hawks took to the gridiron at approximately 12:01 a.m. on August 1 (the first legal day the Hawks could hold a practice session).

“We thought it would be a good idea to be hours ahead of the competition in our practices,” Brown said. “We will hold drills throughout the day for the first four days of the week, then go to one a day sessions after the kids return to school.”

He said the practice was well attended with 48 of 50 players showing up.

“We were very encouraged by the 40-50 spectators who showed up,” Brown said. “We certainly feel that it was a good practice and a worthwhile endeavor.”

He said it was a system used by teams in Indiana.

“We had backs, receivers and special teams players running the 40 (40 yard dash), and Pierre Thomas turned in the fastest time at 4.46:00,” Brown said. “All players had to run the mile and then participate in spot drills which checked the agility, stamina and ability to change directions, almost instantaneously.”

The coach named four quarterbacks, Marcus Isom, Trabian Howell, Devin Bowen and eighth grader Demetrius Oliver. Isom, a senior, will be the primary.

Handling kicking and punting chores will be Chris Bridgeforth and Marvin Lucas. Others, who exhibited a good foot, would be looked at also.

“We realize that our kicking games could stand some work so we plan to devote time and effort to bring it up to par,” Brown said.

In addition to three returning assistants from last season, Ralph Patterson, Danny Warren, Jacques Walker, new assistant Mark Field will be joining the coaching cadre.

Coach Brown is encouraging all fans and supporters of the Hawks to converge on Sam Coopwood Park on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks will have their black and gold intra-squad game. Locals will get a first hand opportunity to view the Hawks’ talent for the 2005 season.

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