Thursday, June 2, 2011
Byers wraps up spring drills
By BARRY BURLESON
James Kimbrough continues to build a football program at H.W. Byers. Starting in August, the construction will move to a new level.
The Lions will enter district competition as a member of Region 1-1A. Football was renewed at the school just three years ago at the junior high level and Byers played an independent varsity slate last year.
“Our kids have put in the work to be successful,” Coach Kimbrough said. “Our biggest challenge will be getting mentally ready to play every Friday night through an 11-game schedule.”
In the past three years there have often been breaks in the schedule, with the Lions taking a week or two off.
“Mentally, we have to step it up,” he said. “We have to be ready to play every Friday night, and we haven’t done that yet.
“I feel good about this group. The kids have worked extremely hard in the weight room – increasing their strength and speed. I believe we can compete.”
Kimbrough is wrapping up some spring drills with his Lions.
“We’ve been working a lot on fundamentals and putting in schemes – some simple stuff to try and get us ready for the fall,” he said.
He said his Byers squad will not be taking the summer off.
“We can’t practice, but we will be in the weight room,” Kimbrough said. “There will be some individual work - encouraging each of them to get as good as they can possibly get.”
Practice will start July 25 in preparation for an August 19 opener, a game which Kimbrough calls “Marshall County’s Little School Super Bowl.” The Lions will invade Potts Camp, another newcomer to the football scene.
He said he attended a recent spring jamboree featuring the Cardinals and Strayhorn, and Potts Camp fans were already talking about the first game of the 2011 season.
“It’s already circled on the calendar,” Kimbrough said. “It’s exciting for our county, and I love it.
“Five years ago, no one was talking about football (at Byers and Potts Camp). Now it’s a big deal. That’s great.”
The entire H.W. Byers schedule, which he calls “challenging,” contains some tradition-rich football schools and some others just renewing the sport like the Lions.
Aug. 19 – Potts Camp, away; Aug. 26 – Strayhorn, away; Sept. 2, Smithville, home; Sept. 9, open; Sept. 16, Houlka, away; Sept. 23, Vardaman, home; Sept. 30, Tupelo Christian, away; Oct. 7, Jumpertown, home; Oct. 14, Thrasher, away; Oct. 21, Coldwater, home; Oct. 27, Falkner, away; Nov. 4, Biggersville, home.
The only two non-district games are the first two of the year versus Potts Camp and Strayhorn.
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