Thursday, June 25, 2009
Hawks staying busy
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Clifford Brown calls it “summer dedication.”
His Holly Springs football Hawks are working hard in the off-season, from weight lifting to passing leagues to trench wars.
“We want to build character and mental toughness,” Brown said. “I’ve been real impressed with our kids’ work ethic.”
He said he’s had 30 to 40 players participating regularly, and, “We’re pushing them to the max.”
Weight training is held in the mornings.
Holly High has also participated in passing leagues at places such as Northwest Community College, Delta State University, New Albany, North Pontotoc and South Pontotoc.
Last weekend they were at Northwest in Senatobia for seven on seven and trench wars (offensive line and defensive line challenge).
This Saturday, June 27, they will go to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville for seven on seven and trench wars.
Several Holly High players are also participating in a variety of individual camps.
“We’ve been staying busy,” Coach Brown said.
“We’re not going to be as big as we normally are, but this may be the smartest group of kids I’ve ever had.
“Some of the best showings we’ve had in the trench wards is because our kids run well.”
Two veteran quarterbacks – ???? – return for the Hawks, and Brown is looking to be in the fight for the Region 3-District 2 championships.
District foes, under Mississippi High School Activities Association realignment, are Charleston, East Side, Independence, Marks Palmer and Ruleville Central.
“We always go into a season looking for our best season ever,” Brown said. “We have a group of kids embedded into our system. We just need to minimize mistakes.”
When thinking of the new district foes, most from the Delta, one word comes to mind – athletes.
“We ran track against a lot of those guys,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to match their speed. We will probably see a lot of wide-open, spread offenses.”
The Hawks will take a couple of weeks the first of July. Then it’s back to work.
They will participate in a seven-on-seven camp at Millsaps on July 24.
The first official fall practice will arrive on Monday, August 3.
Byhalia and Marshall Academy football team are also hard at work during the summer preparing for the 2009 seasons.
At H.W. Byers and Potts Camp, football programs are in the start-up stages with junior high and junior varsity competition on tap.
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, Falkner, 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.
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.
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