Thursday, August 6, 2009
Lions, Cards focus on football
By BARRY BURLESON
There are footballs in the air at both H.W. Byers and Potts Camp as the school year begins.
Start-up programs continue to progress at the two Marshall County schools.
Byers enters its third year and this season will add a junior varsity schedule to its junior high slate.
“The kids and the community are very excited,” said head coach James Kimbrough. “We’ve had a good plan in place; a lot of people have worked hard; and everything is paying off.”
He said many youngsters in the community had been introduced to football through a successful area youth football organization.
“Then when the school team formed, more and more are coming out,” Kimbrough said.
He expects around 30 junior varsity Lions and 25 junior high players.
“We have some good athletes here and good students,” Kimbrough said. “This program is good for the kids.”
Work is progressing on H.W. Byers’ new football field. The school will play its first-ever home football game on Thursday, Sept. 3 – a junior high home game versus Byhalia. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Lights and scoreboard are in place, and the bleachers have arrived.
“The field is coming along,” he said. “We still have some work to do, but by game night, it should be ready. We’re excited about that.”
The Lions will play a seven-game junior high schedule and a six-game junior varsity slate.
Byers’ first JV game will be Friday, Sept. 4, at Tupelo Christian. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The junior high and JV teams will host Holly Springs Tuesday, Sept. 8, starting at 5 p.m.
Potts Camp is also getting into the football business – this being the first year for the Cardinals.
Head coach Shane Stone said he has averaged between 25-30 athletes (grades 7-10) during voluntary summer workouts. He expects more football players to join the team once school begins this week.
The Cardinals will play three junior high and three junior varsity games in October.
All Potts Camp games will be on the road. A new field there is in the works.
In junior high action, the Cardinals go to H.W. Byers October 1, to Byhalia October 8 and to Union County October 15.
In JV action, Potts Camp travels to Mantachie October 20, to Jumpertown October 22 and to Byers October 29.
“We’re taking baby steps right now,” Stone said. “We will get them a little taste this year of what it’s all about.”
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