Thursday, August 11, 2011
Jamborees on tap for weekend
By BARRY BURLESON
Some high school football teams from Marshall County will tune up for the regular season with jamborees this week.
The Potts Camp Cardinals will get to play at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the campus of Ole Miss. The Cardinals will collide with Houlka at 1 p.m. Saturday in Oxford.
Coach Shane Stone said he had 25 to 30 players on average during the first week of practice prior to the start of school.
“I was pleased with the attitude and intensity level despite the ridiculous heat,” Stone said.
“After having a great spring, the guys came in and just picked up where we left off.”
The Byhalia Indians will host a jamboree Friday, facing Tunica Rosa Fort at 6 p.m.
“We got a lot accomplished,” coach Markeith Washington said about the Indians’ first week of practice. “We have a lot of young guys who have grown up and gotten stronger.
“We’re taking it one step at a time. Our guys have to accept the challenge every night out for four quarters.”
He has 53 players in ninth through 12th grades on the practice field.
“We’re excited about the season,” Washington said.
The Holly Springs High School Hawks go to Corinth Friday for jamboree games versus Corinth and Alcorn Central, starting at 6 p.m.
Coach Marcus Autry said his team practiced early in the morning the first two days last week and then was blessed with some clouds later in the week.
“We need the work,” he said. “We will put on everything (full pads) this week and get ready for Friday night (the jamboree).”
The Marshall Academy Patriots travel to North Delta School in Batesville Thursday night for a District 1-AA jamboree. They will play Indianola Academy at 6 p.m. and Carroll Academy at 8 p.m.
The H.W. Byers Lions are not participating in a jamboree. They will kick off the regular season Friday night, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. versus county rival Potts Camp.
Coach James Kimbrough said his Lions’ first week of practice went well, with the team working in the evenings due to the heat. He said turnout was good during the pre-school-starting period.
The game between the Lions and the Cardinals is scheduled for Potts Camp, but the new field may not be ready and the game could be moved to Byers.
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