Thursday, August 7, 2008
High school teams go to work
By BARRY BURLESON
Dew covered the field. When the lights of Sam Coopwood Park were turned on, nearby dogs started barking.
It was near midnight.
At about 12:05 a.m. Monday, the Holly Springs High School Hawks entered the stadium. It was officially time for some football.
“The closer it got to our midnight practice, the more excited I got,” said head coach Clifford Brown. “We’re ready to go to work and try to accomplish some good things.”
The Hawks will play its “Black and Gold Game,” an intrasquad scrimmage, on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the stadium. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the gate. Concessions will be sold.
Holly High then goes to Horn Lake Friday, Aug. 22, for a jamboree contest and kicks off the 2008 season Friday, Aug. 29, at Cordova, Tenn.
Brown expects 47 players in 10th-12th grades, plus 27 ninth-graders.
The old press box at Sam Coopwood Park has been demolished, and a new one will be constructed. Brown said he appreciates the continued improvements to the facility, which help build pride in the program as a whole.
“We want the people to get out here and support us,” he said.
Marshall Academy started practice on Monday, July 28, a week before the public schools.
The Patriots, under the leadership of head coach Keith Wicker, will play in a jamboree at Lee (Clarksdale) on Thursday, Aug. 14. They kick off a new season Friday, Aug. 22, at Lee (Ark.). Wicker expects about 29 Patriots on the varsity roster.
“Meet the Patriots” is set for Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the football stadium.
The Indians and first-year-head-coach Markeith Washington opened practice Monday.
Byhalia’s first game of the season is Friday, Aug. 29, at home versus Horn Lake.
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