Thursday, June 26, 2008
Football Hawks staying busy
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs High School football team is hard at work and reaping rewards in the summer months.
The Hawks finished third in the recent “7 on 7 Round Robin” at Ole Miss.
Other schools participating included Fayette-Ware, Itawamba, Center Hill, DeSoto Central, Whitehaven, Kirby, Mitchell, Provine, Noxubee and Natchez.
They also placed second in “Trench Wars” and fourth in “Battle 7” at Delta State University.
Other schools included Baldwyn, Broadstreet, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Durant, Kosciusko, Lanier, Ray Brooks, West Bolivar, West Tallahatchie and Winona.
“The kids did very well,” head coach Clifford Brown said. “Summer workouts are going great.”
That includes a weight program weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
“Most of the kids are here,” Brown said. “It’s going a lot better than last season.”
They’re also competing in seven on seven each week in New Albany, along with Pontotoc, North Pontotoc and Lafayette County. Plus, the team is raising funds in hopes of participating in the Mississippi State passing camp and defensive line/offensive line camp on July 11-12.
The Hawks had a successful spring, too, and Coach Brown is looking to improve on last season’s 4-6 record.
“If spring is any indication, we should be very competitive,” he said. “Hopefully, that will transfer into wins.”
This year’s senior class is the first Brown has guided through high school. He is starting his fourth season as Holly High’s head football coach.
“This is the class I’ve put my hopes in - the one that can make a run,” he said.
Some of those seniors are high on the recruiting charts, too.
The highest on the list is Darryl Kinkle (6’1” and 180 lbs). The cornerback/wide receiver is being called the “best unknown prospect” inside the state. A June 16 report said Kinkle “finished off a huge week on the camp trail, one that saw him record his best time in the 40-yard dash.”
Also gaining attention are cornerback/wide receiver Brandon Thomas (5’11” and 184 lbs.) and Bobby Barksdale (6’1” and 275 lbs).
The Hawks will begin practice for the 2008 season on August 4 at 12:01 a.m. They will play a preseason game August 22 at Horn Lake and then kick off the real season August 29 at Cordova, Tenn.
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