Photo by Dillon DayPotts Camp’s Ryan Jones releases a pass in seven-on-seven competition.
Photo by Dillon DayPeyton Aldridge (right) of Potts Camp and an opposing player go for the football.
Cardinals improving this summer
The new head football coach at Potts Camp is spending valuable time with his team this summer and seeing the fruits of the Cardinals’ work.
“I’m pleased with the strides we’re making,” Darrow Anderson said. “We’re definitely improving.”
Potts Camp has hosted seven-on-seven competition three of four Mondays in June and traveled to Myrtle the other Monday.
“One of our biggest areas where we need work is being able to throw the football and being able to defend the pass,” he said. “The first Monday we showed a lot of good signs. The second Monday we sort of took a step backwards. Then the next Monday (June 18) we came out and played really well.”
Other teams participating have included Ashland, Independence, East Union, Myrtle, Holly Springs and Byers, not all attending each Monday.
“We don’t keep up with who wins,” Anderson said. “It’s not about that. It’s about working on what we need to work on for the season ahead.
“We’ve been pretty consistent. I like the effort, and I believe we’re getting better at throwing the football. We’re still having a little trouble making the reads.
“Defensively, we’re getting in our zones and making plays on the football. It’s all about repetition and getting better every week.
“But we’ve still got a lot of work to do before August.”
The Cardinals are also lifting weights this summer and running.
He expects about 27 to 30 varsity players when practices crank up July 30.
“We’ve had pretty good numbers for summer workouts,” Anderson said. “Of course, a lot of the kids have basketball and baseball going on, too.”
The Cardinals will visit Northpoint Christian School in Southaven for a jamboree August 10.
“That will be a good challenge starting off,” he said.
Potts Camp will kick off the 2018 season Friday, Aug. 17, at Lee Academy (Marianna, Ark.). The first home game is the following Friday, Aug. 24, versus Hickory Flat.
Anderson comes to Potts Camp from West Memphis Christian where he led the Black Knights to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A state championship last season.