Local teams ready to begin football practice: High temperatures will greet football players during Monday practice

Published 9:20 pm Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer time workouts and conditioning are over for local football teams as players get ready to hit the practice field to start preparing for their season openers in two weeks.

Brookhaven Academy, Parklane Academy and Copiah Academy have already enjoyed three full days of practice.

A heat wave will greet high school football players Monday, with the start of preseason practice.

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Mississippi High School Activities Association members will officially join the sweat-soaked workouts, which will lead to Aug. 21 season openers for public and private schools.

Players will be restricted to shorts, T-shirts and helmets during the first three days of practice. Shoulder pads may be worn on the fourth day, followed by full gear on the sixth day.

Mississippi Association of Independent School members have scheduled scrimmages for Friday, Aug. 8, after starting preseason drills July 30. Most teams will participate in jamborees on Aug. 14, as a prelude to the 2015 campaign.

Brookhaven Academy will participate in a jamboree on Aug. 14 at Millsaps against other independent and public schools.

Area teams began rigorous offseason conditioning and weight training workouts June 1, so most players will be in good physical condition. However, coaches will continue monitoring the heat and humidity, allowing their players numerous breaks for the consumption of water and other fluids.

Only one new head football coach has joined the area: Charlie Jackson at West Lincoln.

Brookhaven: Coach Tommy Clopton’s Panthers will practice Monday at 3:45 p.m. There will be a team meeting at 2:30 p.m. Clopton said he expects around 85 players to report for practice, including freshmen. The Panthers will participate in a jamboree at Pearl, Aug. 14, time is TBA starting at 6 p.m.

Working on Clopton’s staff are Jeremy Loy, Bobby Bass, Darien Dorsey, Mike Powell, Corey McLaurin, David Tadlock and Ernie Triplett.

The Panthers host their first game Aug. 21 at Franklin County in Meadville.

Bogue Chitto: Coach Gareth Sartin said he expected around 30 players to report for Monday’s 4 p.m. practice. Assisting Sartin are coaches Chad Norton and Adam Moak.

The Bobcats will host a scrimmage Aug. 14 against Amite County on Troy Smith Field.

BC makes its 2015 debut Aug. 21 hosting Loyd Star for the Possum Bowl.

Wesson: Coach Ronald Greer’s Cobras practice at 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Greer said he expects around 50 players to report.

The Cobras will kick off their season on Aug. 21 hosting the

McLaurin Tigers at Stone Stadium. Wesson’s assistant coaches are Ricky Hunter, Seth Lofton, Steve Barrington and Sammy Byther.

Loyd Star: The Hornets will practice at 5 p.m. Monday. Head coach Adam Cook said he is expecting around 46 players.

Working with Cook as assistant coaches are Adam Smith and Roderick Varner.

Loyd Star will host a jamboree on Aug. 14 against Lawrence County on W.E. Smith “Sambo” Field before starting their season on the road against Bogue Chitto Aug. 21 for the Possum Bowl.

Lawrence County: The Cougars will begin practice at 1:30 p.m.

Head coach Jaymie Palmer said he expects to have 57 varsity players and 32 freshmen players report to practice.

Lawrence County will visit Loyd Star on Aug. 14 to participate in a fall scrimmage. The Cougars will also be traveling on the road for their season opener against Magee on Aug. 21.

Palmer’s assistant coaches are Justin Sawyer, Jesse Anderson, Kendrick Hardy, Bruce Brady, and Seth Avants.

Franklin County: Coach Anthony Hart said his team would start practice at 2 p.m. Monday.

Hart expects 53 players to report.

Franklin County assistant coaches are Adam Barron, Brent Calcote, Trey Woodard, Josh Thibodeaux, Jonathan Brooks and Phillip Poole.

The Bulldogs will host a fall scrimmage game against Crystal Springs, before officially starting the season on Aug. 21 hosting the Brookhaven Panthers.

Enterprise: Fourth-year head coach Brooks Burns said he expects to have around 30 players on his varsity squad. The Yellow Jackets will start practice early Monday morning around 7 to 9 a.m.

The Jackets’ opening debut is Aug. 21 at Ethel.

Working with Burns as assistant coaches are Shane Adams and Tyler King.

West Lincoln: New head coach Charlie Jackson said the Bears will lift weights early Monday morning and return to start practice at 3:30 p.m.

The Bears will host a fall scrimmage on Aug. 14 against Magee.

West Lincoln will kick off the 2015 season at home on Aug. 21 against Mount Olive on Perry Miller Field.

Jackson expects around 40 players to participate in preseason drills.

Assistant coaches are Luke Addison, Jeff King, David Flake and David Gilbert.

Hazlehurst: Todd McDaniel and his Indians are looking to have a successful season. McDaniel said practice will start Monday and expects around 60 players to report.

Working as assistant coaches are Damien Gary, Teddrick Thompson, Corey Murry, Cameron Murry and Robert Benson.

The Indians will entertain McComb on Aug. 14 for a fall classic scrimmage, before kicking off the season on Aug. 21 hosting Canton.