Thursday, May 29, 2008
Football on tap for Lions, Cardinals
By BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers and Potts Camp schools have had their share of sports success over the years, like in basketball and track.
And soon they will get the chance to compete in another sport – football. Plans are in the works to establish programs at both Marshall County schools.
“We’re very excited,” said Don Randolph, superintendent of education. “We believe this will be good for the schools and the communities. Athletics play an important part in the educational process.”
Field preparations are already underway at H.W. Byers. Surveying has begun. The football field will be constructed utilizing the existing baseball field – making it a field for both sports.
“We have to develop some of the surrounding land to support the field,” Randolph said.
The plan calls for instituting junior high football at H.W. Byers in the next school year, 2008-09. Games are already scheduled – with all six being away due to the uncertainty of the field preparations. A youth football league in the community has been successful that community for several years.
Randolph said that according to his sources the school had a football team 35 years ago but the program was discontinued.
The junior high program at Byers has been approved by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
Eventually, the junior high program will graduate up to the varsity level. The same process was followed a few years back at Byhalia, with the varsity football program being officially renewed in 2002.
Football plans also include Potts Camp School.
“We are planning to institute a team there by the 2009-10 school year,” Randolph said.
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