Thursday, May 18, 2006
down Devils, ’Dogs in jamboree
By BARRY BURLESON
There’s plenty of excitement in the Holly Springs High School football program heading into next season.
The Hawks wrapped up spring practice last Thursday evening with two victories in a jamboree at New Albany. Coach Clifford Brown’s squad knocked off Booneville 14-6 and New Albany 16-14.
“We had some bright spots,” Brown said. “For the most part, we did a good job against some good competition.
“We’re still trying to grow into our offensive scheme. Finding some new kids to fill the shoes of kids departed is the big thing in spring training.”
Tailback Marcell Johnson stole the point-production show for the Hawks in the jamboree.
He got the scoring started against the Booneville Blue Devils with an 80-yard kickoff return. Trayven Howell threw to Jeremy Boyd for the two-point conversion.
The second touchdown came on a halfback option pass from Johnson to Courtney Bowen for 25 yards.
In the win over the New Albany Bulldogs, Johnson scored on a pair of 60-yard runs. The two-point conversions came on passes from Howell to Marvin Lucas and Bowen.
“Marcell (Johnson) can score in the blink of an eye,” Brown said.
Coach Brown said practice has focused a lot on the trap game, “because this offensive line runs a lot better.”
It’s also big, averaging 270 pounds across the front.
Brown is perhaps more excited about his senior-dominated defense going into next season.
“We’re solid defensively,” he said. “I can’t rave enough about those guys. We have a good bunch of seniors who are providing leadership. We’re aggressive, and that makes the job easier.”
The Hawks, in Brown’s first year as head coach, finished 6-6 last fall and won a state playoff game for the first time in school history. They knocked off Corinth on the road in the 2005 playoffs before falling to a strong Charleston team at home.
“We’ve accomplished a lot this year,” Brown said. “We will take about three weeks off and then start all of our summer camps.
“I’m excited about the possibilities next season.”
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