Thursday, August 16, 2007
teams tune up for new season
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Keith Wicker will be the first Marshall County coach to get a look at his 2007 team against an opponent.
The Marshall Academy Patriots will play in a jamboree Thursday night at Carroll Academy. They will face Indianola Academy at 7 p.m. and Washington School at 8 p.m.
“The kids are working hard and really doing a good job,” said Wicker, starting his first year as the MA head coach. “Practice is going well.”
He said the coaching staff and the team are looking forward to the jamboree and the season opener Friday night, Aug. 24, at home versus Lee (Ark.).
“I’m excited and ready to get started, and I know they are, too,” Wicker said.
“Meet the Patriots” is set for this Friday night, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the MA stadium.
Coach Devin Rutherford calls the preseason preparations of the Byhalia Indians “magnificent.”
“We’re getting in some quality work,” he said. “The guys have gotten better and they’ve gotten mentally tougher.”
Rutherford, entering his second season at the helm, said the extremely hot temperatures are tough.
“We’re taking a lot of breaks,” he said. “We have to. We’re trying our best to keep the players and the coaches cool.”
This week the Indians plan to focus more on game situations.
“We will be working on things like red zone, short yardage, long yardage, two-minute drills,” Rutherford said. “We will start fine-tuning.”
No jamboree is scheduled. Class 3A Byhalia kicks off the new season Friday night, Aug. 31, at Class 5A Horn Lake.
“This group has an excellent attitude,” Rutherford said. “There is an extremely high excitement level as we get ready for the season.”
Holly Springs Hawks.
Practice continues to go well in the Holly Springs High School preseason camp, too.
“I think we’re ahead of the game on the offensive side of the football,” said Clifford Brown, entering his third season as head coach. “We have to regroup on defense, because we lost so many kids (from last season).
“But the kids know the system, and that’s going to make a big difference.”
The Black and Gold Scrimmage was postponed last week. It will likely be rescheduled for this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the practice field behind the high school.
The 3A Hawks will travel to New Albany next Thursday night, Aug. 23, for a jamboree. The time had not been set.
They will open the season Friday night, Aug. 31, at home versus 4A Lafayette.
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