Thursday, July 19, 2007
Football season not far away
By BARRY BURLESON
Football schedules for teams in Marshall County look a bit different in 2007.
Realignment means division changes for all three schools – Byhalia, Holly Springs and Marshall Academy.
The Indians and the Hawks, county rivals, are again in the same 3A region. Gone from the district are Marks Palmer and Water Valley. Newcomers are Lewisburg and Rosa Fort.
“I think our district will be very competitive, and we’re looking forward to it,” said Byhalia Head Coach Devin Rutherford, who will enter his second season at the helm.
Other district members are North Panola, Independence and Senatobia.
He said off-season workouts have been going well. The Indians won a seven-on-seven tournament recently held at Northwest Community College.
“That’s a good plus going into the fall,” Rutherford said.
Coach Clifford Brown said summer camps and seven-on-seven competition have been productive for his Holly High Hawks.
“The summer is going good,” Brown said. “The kids are turning out.”
Brown will be in his third season as head coach, and the Hawks will be seeking their third straight trip to the playoffs.
“Expectations are high,” he said. “The kids are excited.”
Both the Indians and the Hawks begin practice August 6. Their first games are August 31 – Byhalia visiting Horn Lake and Holly High hosting Lafayette.
Marshall Academy finds Carroll, Indianola and Kirk in the revamped District 1-AA. Other district foes are Lee (Ark.) and Lee (Clarksdale).
The Patriots face two of those teams out of the starting gate – Lee (Ark.) on August 24 and Kirk on August 31. Indianola is not far behind on September 14.
In years past district games have been played more toward the end of the season.
“Our district is filled with good football teams,” said Keith Wicker, beginning his first season as MA’s head coach, “and we’re going to face some of them early.”
Mandatory meetings, which will include conditioning and going over plays, started last week.
The official date for the start of team practices is August 1.
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