Thursday, May 15, 2008
Spring football wraps up; Hawks going to Horn Lake
By BARRY BURLESON
Clifford Brown is the only football coach in the county who will get a look at his team in a spring game.
The Holly Springs High School Hawks visit Horn Lake this Friday, May 16. A ninth grade game at approximately 4:45 p.m. will be followed by junior varsity and varsity contests.
Coach Brown hopes the spring game is a springboard to a more successful season in the fall. The Hawks finished 4-6 last year.
“The kids are very confident, and we’re looking forward to a new season,” he said. “I’m probably more excited than the kids. Last year was tough.”
At Marshall Academy, coach Keith Wicker wrapped up spring practice last week. The Patriots, without those football players who are also members of the baseball team, will not play a spring game.
“We didn’t really accomplish what we wanted (in spring drills), but as long as the baseball team is winning, that’s good,” Wicker said.
The baseball Pats are in the state finals this week.
Wicker had about 20 varsity players on the field for two weeks of spring practice. It included lots of one-on-one drills, he said, limited work on offensive formations and no work on the defensive side.
“It wasn’t a full group, but the ones out there got better,” he said.
Last season the Patriots lost to Centreville in the Class AA state championship game and finished 12-2.
“We have some key personnel to try and replace, but I feel like we will be very competitive again next year,” said Wicker, who will be in just his second season at the helm of the MA program. “It all worked out well for us last year - no injuries - and that will be a key again. We have to stay healthy to be competitive.”
At Byhalia, coach Devin Rutherford has been working his Indians during the activity period of the school day. There will be no spring game.
Last season Byhalia put its name on the high school football map - going 8-4 and advancing to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
“We will work hard in the summer, and our goal is to get back to the playoffs,” Rutherford said.
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