Thursday, July 24, 2008
Washington new chief of Indians
By CLAUDE VINSON
For the last three weeks the gridiron Indians at Byhalia High School have been getting acquainted with their new head coach. It has been a “working” introduction.
Markeith Washington comes to Byhalia via the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Greenville Weston High School in Greenville. At Pine Bluff, Washington earned a degree in criminal justice in 2000. He went back to his hometown as an assistant football coach after serving an internship at Pine Bluff.
During his seven years at Greenville Weston, coach Washington and his cohorts created a momentous milestone – they were one of only two teams to beat South Panola before the 5A Tigers started their record-setting, unbeaten run.
During a hillside interview last Thursday overlooking the beautiful facility at Byhalia High School, Coach Washington divulged some of his aspirations, and expectations for the coming season.
“First, we are going to do our best to continue the productive program which Coach (Devin) Rutherford started during his tenure,” he said. “There are some big shoes to fill.
“We are hopeful that Pat Malone will step into the role left by quarterback Bubba Thomas. And to replace Marquise Green is going to be a stretch but we feel that Darryl Malone might fill the bill. From what I hear, Green was a most productive wide receiver and running back.”
The coach said he is presently evaluating his staff and drafting defensive schemes to fit his personnel. He also stated that he likes the school, area and people.
Apparently, these sentiments are mutual. Don Randolph, superintendent for the Marshall County School District, said the he believes Coach Washington to be a perfect fit for Byhalia’s program at this particular time.
During this interview, Betty Richmond Rowe stopped by to wish the new coach well. Rowe is the mother of Terrell Richmond, one of the defensive anchors on last season’s team. Terrell was slain last month in a senseless act of violence.
Practice officially starts Monday, August 4, and the Indians open their 2008 campaign with a home game Friday night, Aug. 29, against the Horn Lake Eagles.
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