Thursday, June 18, 2009
Football players working
By BARRY BURLESON
It’s summer, but football coaches and players are still busy.
Take for instance Byhalia High School’s Markeith Washington and his Indians.
“We have to get better,” the coach said. “We’re not stopping. We’re working out every day.”
That includes weight training and some seven-on-seven competition.
Public schools find themselves moving into the first season of reclassification. Byhalia is making the jump from 3A to 4A in the new 6A format.
“We have to step up our game,” said Washington, who took the job last year just prior to the school starting in the fall.
“We had sort of an unfair shot last year. I got here late. We’re trying to patch things up this season. It won’t be a quick fix but we’re excited about building a solid foundation here.”
He has about 55 athletes participating in summer workouts.
“We’re pleased with the numbers and the kids’ attitudes and work ethic,” Washington said. “The athletes are here. We just have to groom them.”
Region 2-District 2 opponents for Byhalia will be Center Hill, Lafayette, Lewisburg, North Panola, Rosa Fort and Senatobia
Coach Clifford Brown at Holly Springs High School and coach Keith Wicker at Marshall Academy are following similar summer workout schedules.
Brown’s Hawks stay in 3A but will face some new district opponents, while Wicker’s Patriots stay in the Mississippi Private School Associations Class AA with some in-district changes.
Holly Springs will compete in Region 3-District 2 with Charleston, East Side, Independence, Marks Palmer and Ruleville Central.
Competing in District 1-AA with Marshall Academy are West Memphis Christian School, Indianola Academy, Kirk Academy and North Delta School.
At H.W. Byers and Potts Camp, football programs are in the start-up stages with junior high and junior varsity competition on tap.
Preseason practice will crank up about four weeks prior to season openers.
Aug. 28, Obion County, Tenn., home; Sept. 4, Holly Springs, away; Sept. 11, Westwood (Memphis), home; Sept. 18, Senatobia, away; Sept. 25, Lafayette, home; Oct. 2, Tunica Rosa Fort, away; Oct. 9, Lewisburg, home; Oct. 16, Center Hill, away; Oct. 23, Montgomery County, home; Oct. 30, North Panola, home.
Holly High schedule
Aug. 28, Lake Cormorant, home; Sept. 4, Byhalia, home; Sept. 11, Tunica Rosa Fort, away; Sept. 18, Coahoma County, away; Sept. 25, Broad Street, away; Oct. 2, Independence, home; Oct. 9, Ruleville, away; Oct. 16, Eastside, away; Oct. 23, Charleston, home; Oct. 30, Marks Palmer, home.
Aug. 21, Rossville, Tenn., away; Aug. 28, Magnolia Heights, home; Sept. 4, Faulkner, away; Sept. 11, open; Sept. 18, Lee (Clarksdale), home; Sept. 25, North Delta, home; Oct. 2, Tunica, away; Oct. 9, Kirk, away; Oct. 16, Indianola, away; Oct. 23, Oak Hill, home; Oct. 30, West Memphis, home.
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