Players wrestle with heat, prepare for jamborees
Record-high temperatures didn’t slow down preseason high schoolfootball practice as players and coaches labored through the Augustheatwave. Some teams practiced later in the day while othersavoided wearing full equipment in the oppressive heat. Coaches tookprecautions and provided plenty of water breaks.
Enterprise: Coach Roe Burns said one of hisplayers, running back Peter Aleman, dehydrated during practiceThursday. He said Aleman was doing fine and expected back atpractice Monday.
Burns said his Fighting Yellow Jackets were in shorts one dayand pads four days. They wound up the week with a 51-play offensivescrimmage Friday and 20 plays on defense.
“Our kids are gaining confidence about themselves and they arehaving a good time,” said Burns. “We are a lot quicker than we havebeen in the past. We are definitely stronger.”
The Jackets, formerly Class 1A members, are preparing for theirfirst year in Class 2A. Their Region 6-2A opponents are Loyd Star,Wesson, McLaurin, Hinds AHS, Madison St. Joe and St. Andrew’s.
They’ll make their 2007 debut Aug. 30, visiting Class 1A WestLincoln.
Brookhaven: The Panthers reviewed differentsituations Saturday and watched film from Thursday and Fridaypractices.
“We went through all phases of the game, sort of a mockwalk-through or a game rehearsal,” said Peavey. “It was a scriptedgame.”
The Brookhaven police department treated the Panthers to aluncheon barbecue at Panther Park after Saturday’s practice. “Weappreciate all the good food and their support,” said Peavey.
Thursday’s jamboree starts at 5 p.m. on King Field, with McComband Laurel playing 2 quarters. Brookhaven will follow with 2quarters against Laurel. McComb plays Wayne County for 2 quartersnext and BHS faces Wayne County in the final 2 quarters.
Peavey said the jamboree would be played under game-styleconditions. There will be a time clock and scoreboard inoperation.
“Basically, we want to work on things against somebody besidesourselves,” said Peavey. “We want to go out there and get afterit.”
Admission is $5.
Loyd Star: The Hornets continued their basictraining under new head coach Ryan Ross. “Our coaches and playersboth have a lot to learn. The coaches are working hard to learn mysystem and the players have a good attitude.”
Last week’s triple-digit heat index slowed progress. “It’s hardto concentrate when the heat index is 106.”
Ross said his players are responding to a new form of disciplineregimen. Team members rotate taking turns cleaning the field houseafter each practice.
The Hornets participate in the North Forrest jamboree in ruralHattiesburg Friday. The junior varsity will play at 4:30, followedby Loyd Star’s varsity versus Clarkdale at 5 and Newton at 5:30.Ross said each quarter would last 20 minutes.
Wesson: Coach Tommy Clopton’s Cobras will hosta varsity and junior varsity football jamboree Friday at StoneStadium on the Co-Lin campus. Tickets are $5 apiece. The firstseries begins at 7 p.m.
Wesson meets Bassfield in the first 15-minute varsity game. Nextwill be the Wesson JV vs. the Bassfield JV, the Bogue Chittovarsity vs. the Bassfield varsity, the Wesson JV vs. the BassfieldJV and the Wesson varsity vs. the Bogue Chitto varsity.
Lawrence County: “We’ve had a good week ofpractice. Our kids battled through the heat again like champs,”said Coach Mike Davis. “We’re staying in shoulder pads to help themcope with the heat,” and avoiding full equipment. “We are stillgetting some contact in.”
Davis said he overheard some his players joking about Friday’slower temperatures which saws highs in the mid 90s. “It feels kindof cool out here.”
The Cougars scrimmaged on the practice field Saturday after an 8a.m. Picture Day session in the stadium.
Lawrence County participates in a Friday night jamboree at WestJones, starting at 7 p.m. A junior varsity scrimmage will befollowed by a simulated game with the varsity players.
Davis said Pearl River Central and Southeast Lauderdale alsowill participate in the jamboree.
Bogue Chitto: “We made it through the weekfine,” said Coach Gareth Sartin. “Our kids are in good shape.”
Sartin said the Bobcats worked on offense, defense and specialteams. “We want everybody on the same page. That first game isalmost here.”
The Bobcats host Vicksburg St. Aloysius Aug. 31, on Troy SmithField. They’ll participate in Friday’s Wesson jamboree.
Sartin said he was still looking for more receivers. Juniorquarterback Seth Avants passed and ran for over 2,000 yards lastseason.
Private schools: Brookhaven Academy and CopiahAcademy both entered the final week of preseason practice afterparticipating in jamborees last Thursday. Brookhaven Academy’sCougars, coached by Bo Milton, kick off their season Friday nightat Centreville.
Copiah, the defending Class AA state champ, hosts Bowling Green(La.) for the Colonels’ season debut. The Colonels are under thedirection of first-year head coach Scott Cline who was defensivecoordinator for 3 years.