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In mid-August it will be 11-on-11. But for the past few weeks, it has been seven-on-seven.
Potts Camp, Marshall Academy and H.W. Byers have been among the high school football teams participating in seven-on-seven games on Mondays at Oxford High School. The competition, sort of like tag football, wrapped up last week.
“I think we are much improved from last summer,” said Shane Stone, head coach of the Potts Camp Cardinals. “I can tell our guys have learned a lot since last year.”
Potts Camp is working toward its second season of varsity football.
“Anytime you can get out on the field with teammates and work on football stuff, it’s a good thing,” Stone said. “I’m pleased with our guys – their effort and their dedication.”
He said the seven-on-seven work was particularly good for new quarterback Ben Bolden.
“It helped him get his timing down with the receivers and look at different defensive coverages,” Stone said.
“Of course, it’s a learning process for everybody.”
Practice starts August 1 for the season ahead.
The Cardinals will play in a jamboree Saturday, Aug. 13, at Ole Miss. Their opponent will be Houlka.
“Our guys are pumped about that – playing in the University of Mississippi stadium,” Stone said.
They open the regular season Friday, Aug. 19, at home versus county rival H.W. Byers.
Barrett Donahoe, new head coach at Marshall Academy, said seven-on-seven was very productive for his Patriots.
“It has helped them in beginning to understand my system,” he said. “It has played a big role in us getting better. I have been pleased with the guys and their competitiveness.”
He called the seven-on-seven games “very successful,” particularly the last night, June 27.
“Our kids are focused,” Donahoe said. “We’ve had very high attendance for weight lifting this summer. Overall, the guys are there and they’re willing to work.”
MA’s two-a-day practices start July 27 – at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The Patriots will play in a jamboree at North Delta on Thursday, Aug. 11. They will kick off the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19, at Magnolia Heights.
The Byers Lions participated in seven-on-seven competition one week at Tupelo Christian and two weeks at Oxford.
“We had some players out,” coach James Kimbrough said, “but we got some work done and some things accomplished.
“It was good for our wide receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs – as far as timing on passing routes, looking at different coverages and seeing how our DBs cover one-on-one.”
The Lions start practice for the 2011 season on August 1. Their first game is Friday, Aug. 19, at county rival Potts Camp.
The Holly Springs High School Hawks and the Byhalia Indians have also been busy this summer in preparation for new season.
Both will start practices on August 1.
Coach Marcus Autry’s Hawks will play in a jamboree at Corinth on Friday, Aug. 12. They will open the season at home versus Coldwater on Friday, Aug. 19.
Coach Markeith Washington’s Indians will host a jamboree on Friday, Aug. 12. They will kick off the season at home versus Tishomingo County on Friday, Aug. 19.
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