Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hawks wrap up spring
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was billed as “Hawk Pride Day” and it served as a platform for the new football coach at Holly High to introduce his 2010 gridiron squad to the Hawks community.
A modest crowd turned out at Sam Coopwood field Friday night to get a spring preview at the team which will be led by new head coach Marcus Autry. Autry comes to Holly High from Olive Branch. He was an assistant in the Conquistadors’ program for a number of years. His chief assistant and offensive coordinator, Chris Rankin, also hails from the Olive Branch system
Rounding out the coaching corps will be Mike Warner, Andrew Walsh, Bryant Thomas and Mario Hill. Walsh and Warner were already teachers in the Holly Springs School District, but neither was involved in football last season. Thomas (quarterbacks coach) and Hill (wide receivers/flankers) both have football backgrounds, having played for the Ole Miss Rebels. Walsh will mentor the running backs and Warner will work with both the offensive and defensive lines.
In sizing up his new staff, Coach Autry said, “We have been very careful to select assistants who have prior football experience. We are trying to provide our kids with the best possible training. We fully expect their duties and responsibilities to overlap”.
The coaches are grooming three quarterbacks for the fall trials – Brian McKinney, Jaren King and David Bridges. Each of the trio had a chance to operate from under center during the Black and Gold Game May 14. These signal callers will probably be targeting Eric Hardin and Peter Thigpen, both sophomores.
Toting the load out of the backfield will most likely be Shaquille Falkner (sophomore) and Terrian P)ool (senior).
Players in the trenches to watch are Eldridge Milan (outside linebacker), Curterius Jeffries (defensive tackle), Marquavius Walton (middle linebacker) and James Williams (nose guard) all seniors.
Javerderick Mason (offensive tackle/freshman), Michael Perkins (center/defensive tackle/junior) and Tyjae Jones (left offensive tackle and a sophomore) are expected to add punch on both sides of the ball.
All of the Hawks appeared to be optimistic about the upcoming season.
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