Thursday, July 8, 2010
Byers tackling varsity football
By BARRY BURLESON
Another Marshall County school will get a full taste of Friday night football this fall.
The H.W. Byers Lions will play their first varsity schedule as an independent. The start-up program played a junior high slate in 2008 and both junior high and junior varsity games last year.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said coach James Kimbrough. “I like a challenge, and this will be a challenge for our team.
“Everybody around here is excited, and everybody has put in a lot of hard work.”
Coach Kimbrough was hard at work last week - measuring off the field behind the school’s gymnasium, painting it and getting ready for the new goal posts.
“I’m just trying to stay ahead,” he said, “and be ready when it gets here.”
The Lions have been busy this summer lifting weights and competing in seven-on-seven football at Byhalia High School.
Practice starts July 26. Byers will kick off its first-ever high school season August 20 with a “classic game” at home versus Coldwater.
They will play an abbreviated seven- or eight-game schedule this season prior to joining a Mississippi High School Activities Association division in 2011. They go to Holly Springs High School August 27 and then host Tupelo Christian Preparatory School September 4.
“It’s hard to find games - playing independent football,” Kimbrough said. “But this will be a good measuring stick for us to see how we will do in division football. We will see where we are as a team.
“We’re playing larger schools, like Holly High, and smaller ones, like Houlka. We will see how we match up.”
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