Thursday, August 21, 2008
Hawks tune up in scrimmage
By CLAUDE VINSON
In front of about 200 spectators, the Holly High Hawks hit the gridiron last Thursday night at Sam Coopwood Park.
Head coach Clifford Brown had opened his pre-season drills at midnight on the first legal day for practice for the 2008-09 football season. Brown was joined by his full complement of assistant coaches which includes three returnees and a trio of new faces.
Brown said this season he was making staff assignments with some overlap.
“We are hoping that this will put two pairs of eyes on details in practice and in game situations,” he said. “We are looking for constant evaluation and re-evaluation.”
Mike Warner from New York, grad student at Ole Miss and teacher with Americorp, will be with returnee Ralph Patterson and the offensive line. Warner, who said he is enjoying his job already, can’t believe he is finally going to get a chance to see some SEC football.
Brian Lester, a former player at Holly High and Ole Miss, left “a dull desk job” to get back on the field. He, along with returnee Donald Dean, will be helping to ramrod the defensive line. Danny Warren is coming back as the defensive coordinator.
Anthony Mayfield’s duties will pretty much approximate those of last season with a mesh of both the defensive and offensive lines. New man Bill Ingersoll will assume the task of shepherding the offense as coordinator. Ingersoll joins Holly High from prior head coaching stints at Greenwood and Lake.
The drill last week was split into Black team versus Gold team. Demetri Oliver was calling signals for the Black team and Dean Bridgeforth was filling those shoes for the Gold.
Coach Brown said the quarterbacks were given complete latitude in this scrimmage.
“They are calling their own plays,” he said. “We are filming the entire game and will pick the tape apart next week. The plan is to give our QBs some ownership in the game.”
The fans were treated to some exciting plays. Brandon Thomas probably made the best catch of the evening. However, his subsequent long run was nullified by a holding penalty. There were also good carries by Darryl Kinkle and Marcus Scales. Juamorris Holts took a flare right and trucked it 60 yards.
Brown summed up the evening – “We have one team with one goal, win games, together.”
The coach indicated this week’s sessions will address the Hawks’ kicking game.
Holly High will travel to Horn Lake to participate in a jamboree this Friday, Aug. 22. There will be ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity games with the first likely starting around 5:30 p.m.
They open the season the following Friday, Aug. 29, at Cordova (Tenn.).
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