August 9, 2012
Home Sweet Home
It was a new experience for the Potts Camp Cardinals when they opened preseason football practice Monday, July 30.
“Having a field with lines on it, they didn’t know how to act,” said head coach Shane Stone, hired in 2009 to build a football program from scratch. “The last three years the only times they saw painted lines was on Friday nights.”
The brand new sports complex at the high school is indeed special.
“The kids love it,” Stone said. “I think they’re even practicing harder because of it.”
“Meet the Cardinals Night” is set for this Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the stadium. Concessions will be served. Everyone is urged to come out and show their support for the team.
The next night, Friday, Aug. 10, the Cardinals will participate in a jamboree on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. Potts Camp meets Houlka at 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Then the excitement turns to the long-awaited day when Potts Camp plays a home game. The Cardinals will host cross-county rival H.W. Byers a week after the jamboree.
“Every day, we’re touching stuff up (at the sports complex),” he said. “On August 17, we will be ready to host a football game. It’s something the entire community is looking forward to.”
Coach Stone said he is expecting a good season.
About 30 Cardinals were on hand for two-a-day practices last week.
The team will be led by 10 seniors who were freshmen when the program started.
“This is the first group that has spent all of their high school years (ninth through 12th) playing football,” he said.
Assisting Stone this season will be coaches Mike Bush, Lee Gray, Andrew Aldridge and Markeith Washington.
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