Football season is right around the corner

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The time of the year that most junior high, senior high and college football players dread the most is upon us. Football seasons for our area schools will begin in about a month with that month seeming like forever to the players.

Those hot practices on hot and humid days are tough for everyone, coaches included. Back in the day during practices I would see the coaches soaking wet with sweat just like the players were. The last several years, the practices have been held on the football field or for a couple years were held beside the new high school. I'd say and I think most of the guys I played with, the toughest part of practice was riding that school bus and to and from the old Singer baseball field. It was even worse on days when we had to make the trek on foot.

Scott Waymire will lead the Trumann Wildcats for the fifth year as the Wildcats come off a 7-4 season that included hosting a state playoff game. Dumas ended the Wildcats' season with a 30-15 win. Brandon Powell starts his second year as the head coach of the EPC Warriors. The Warriors finished 6-5 last season losing a 33-30 heartbreaker to Foreman in the first round of the state playoffs. Waylon Dunn returns to the sidelines for the Marked Tree Indians for the 2017 season. The Indians finished 6-5 last year losing 41-6 to Mountainburg in the first round of the state playoffs. Aaron Thornton takes over the reigns of Harrisburg Hornets this season. Thornton comes to Harrisburg from Springdale Har-ber. The Hornets went 0-10 last season. Hornets will move down to Class 3A after this football season.

On the junior high side, Craig Green will lead the Junior Wildcats again this season after going 3-6 last year. Brandon Powell will guide the Junior Warriors after posting a 3-4 record last year. Dunn will lead the Junior Indians who finished last year at 2-5. Robert Killebrew will be the new coach the Junior Hornets after the team went 2-7 last year.

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