Thursday, August 16, 2007
Two Hawks take part in prestigious camps
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks hit the field August 6 for their full day of practice, prepping for the new season. The team braved triple-digit temps throughout the week, as did many other teams in the area.
Head coach Clifford Brown, leading the Hawks for the third consecutive year, said the team is dedicated and showing great spirit on the practice field.
“They really want to work,” he said.
The Hawks will take part in a jamboree in New Albany on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Two of the returning Hawks were fortunate enough to attend a pair of prestigious football camps during the summer. Demetrius Oliver, who will be calling signals for the Hawks this season, attended the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La. Oliver was very much awed by the manner in which the camp was run.
“Peyton (Manning) was visible throughout the entire four-day session,” Oliver said. “His whole family was there. There were over 1,200 kids participating in the activity and it was great.”
Oliver said Manning demonstrated such skills as handling pocket pressure, foot work, protecting the football, avoiding interceptions and passing accuracy. To aid in hitting the mark, Oliver said they used barrels.
When asked how he felt about his role in the upcoming season, Oliver said, “I am up to the task.”
The sophomore added that all of his teammates are ready for the season ahead also.
Darryl Kinkle, a returning junior who works as a free safety and wideout for the Hawks, attended the Nick Saban Camp at the University of Alabama. The camp was attended by players from throughout the South and Southwest.
“There were kids there from both of the Carolinas, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana,” he said.
Kinkle said the experience was unmatchable. Players were exposed to drills such as “bump coverage,” making difficult catches, good route selection, feet and hand coordination, splitting the defense, defensive reads, plus a massive amount of related drills.
Kinkle said he can hardly wait to get the season started.
Coach Brown has his full complement of coaches returning – Jacques Walker, Danny Warren, Ralph Patterson, Chris Daniels and Anthony Mayfield.
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