Thursday, May 26, 2011
Cardinals gain confidence with spring wins
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Shane Stone liked what he saw Thursday night.
The Potts Camp head football coach watched his varsity Cardinals beat Mantachie and Strayhorn, both by 6-0 scores, in spring jamboree action at Strayhorn.
“The guys played with a lot of effort,” said Stone, whose team will play only its second season of varsity football starting in August. “We still had some mental miscues but the physical effort was awesome.”
The spring contests consisted of two 12-minute quarters.
In the win over Mantachie, Jordon Harris scored on a 65-yard run.
And in the victory over Strayhorn, Jamarquis Foster caught a 70-yard touchdown toss from quarterback Ben Bolden.
“Offensively, we mixed it up well,” Stone said. “We hit some big plays. We have some guys with the ability to make big plays. We have the potential to be an exciting offense.
“Ben is a first-year player. It was his first time to ever take a snap in a football game, and he looked like a natural.”
Defensively, he said his squad bent but did not break.
“We gave up some yards and first downs, but we had a couple of interceptions to stop drives,” Stone said.
Picking off passes were Brantley Harris and Marcellous Johnson.
“Defensively, we were tough last season, and all of those guys are back,” he said.
The Cardinals are 36 members strong.
“I think we’re much improved and we have more depth,” he said. “Our numbers are good.
“The wins Thursday night were good for us. I believe this will give our guys some confidence going into the season.”
He said his Potts Camp team will get “a small break” before starting a weight-lifting program several times a week. Plus, the summer will include seven-on-seven workouts.
“We have to try and get better,” Stone said.
Potts Camp, which is stepping up to Class 2A, will again play an independent schedule in the fall.
The Cardinals will open with Marshall County rival H.W. Byers at home on Friday night, Aug. 19.
The remainder of the slate includes – August 26, DeSoto Central, away; September 2, Benton County, home; Sept. 9, Strayhorn, home; Sept. 16, Mantachie, home; Sept. 23, Rossville Academy, home; Sept. 30, Middleton, Tenn., away; October 7, Immanuel Christian, away; Oct. 14, Union County, home; Oct. 21, Marshall Academy, home; and Oct. 28, New Site, away.
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