Thursday, August 11, 2004

Indians take to practice field

Sports Editor

The Byhalia Indians were on the practice field Tuesday of last week, getting ready for their fourth season.

This season the Indians will have to play the sanctioned schedule in Class 3A. For the three seasons prior, they have formulated their own independent schedule, playing a myriad of teams from across Mississippi and Tennessee.

Head coach Gaylon Jones, who resurrected the football program at Byhalia after a 20-plus years dormancy, is upbeat and optimistic, as usual.

As he surveyed the 27 to 30 players on the practice field, he noted that he was proud to have last year’s assistant back. Mark Clark had been doubtful because he was in the Army Reserves. Jones was also pleased to announce that he had gained Trevan Dixon from H.W. Byers as a coach.

Dixon was a stellar running back for the Statesmen at Delta State during his collegiate career. He joined the faculty at H.W. Byers in the fall of 2004.

Assisting Coach Jones in addition to Clark and Dixon will be Baird McAlexander and Bubba Brown. Brown took the 3A baseball Indians to the North Half finals this past season.

Coach Jones said mainly he is looking for dedication this season.

“This will be the first season in our division and we have to have that dedication if we are going to contend with tried and true programs,” he said.

Joining the Indians in the division include M.S. Palmer, Independence, Water Valley, Senatobia and Holly Springs.

The Indians have not solidified any positions at this time, but Coach Jones said Montrell Hardaway, a junior, will probably start as the signal caller. He will likely be backed up by sophomore Bubba Thomas.

The Indians will open the 2005 season on the road in Tennessee against Lake County on Friday, Aug. 26. Their first home game will be on Friday, Sept. 2, versus Ackerman.

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