Thursday, June 4, 2009
Hawks emphasize defense in spring
By CLAUDE VINSON
Head coach Clifford Brown said right away the controlled scrimmage, which the Holly High Hawks were using to wrap up their spring practice sessions, was geared toward defense.
“We realized that we are going to have a few holes to fill in our defensive schemes and are trying to address the situation early,” he said. “We want to be able to stop some of our opponents’ runs.”
Coach Brown said he has a pair of veteran quarterbacks returning in Demetrius Oliver and Dean Bridgeforth.
During the controlled scrimmage May 21 at Sam Coopwood Park, Oliver took most of the snaps and looked very impressive. He connected on a few sharp passes of different yardages and scrambled with ground-gaining success.
The Hawks lost some good wide receivers but having some promising talent in William Jones and Roderick Glover.
Additionally, Anthony Alexander looked capable at tight end. The set backs/running backs also made a good showing.
LaChez Faulkner Marquavious Walton and Earnest Blackmon hit the line with determination.
However, it was apparent why Coach Brown had placed such interest on defense. The running backs were attacking the defensive line and finding little opposition on “up the middle” runs.
Coach Brown said he is expecting all of his assistant coaches to return this year except one who was probably retiring. Donald Dean, Ralph Patterson, Danny Warren, Anthony Mayfield and Brian Lester are all scheduled to return.
The Hawks remain in Class 3A in the new alignment as a member of Region 3. New district competitors will include Charleston, East Side, Independence, Marks Palmer and Ruleville Central.
The Hawks will kick off the 2009 football season Friday, Aug. 28, at home versus Lake Cormorant.
Holly High is in the process of acquiring coaches for softball, baseball, golf and tennis.
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