Christmas in July: High school football teams begin practice

East Webster coach Ron Price

Staff Writer

They are making their list and checking it twice.

For high school football coaches in the area, Monday almost seems like Christmas in July.

The first day of practice brings with it an anticipation about what the coaches will see when they get to the field.

East Webster head coach Ron Price was taking care of some last minute preparation on Sunday.

“We’re very excited to get out of the weight room and onto the practice field,” Price said. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for some time now. You are always afraid you are going to forget to do something.”

The Wolverines only have three starters returning on offense and defense, so it will be a different look in Cumberland this season.

Price will have to piece some things together, but that’s why practice is so important before East Webster opens the season on August 17 against Choctaw County.

“We have a lot of question marks at a lot of new positions,” Price said. “Even those three that are coming back may be asked to play a different position. I like our team and I like our kids. They’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point.”

On the west side of Webster County, it’s a much different story.

The Eupora Eagles have a veteran squad returning and head coach Stephen Edwards sees that as a strength.

“We’ve got a lot of juniors and seniors, so we’ve got little bit of experience on both sides of the football,” Edwards said. “That’s always a good thing. You’ve got some younger kids sprinkled in. I feel we are really ahead of the game right now so that’s a good feeling to have.”

Edwards anticipates working on two-back sets immediately as practice opens.

With the personnel available, Edwards believes that will be the best way to move forward offensively with the Eagles.

“We’re have a good offensive line coming back and some guys that will fit in there,” Edwards aid. “We’ve got five or six backs.”

Eupora plays at Water Valley to start the season on August 17.

Practice also starts at Starkville High School and in Choctaw County Monday. Starkville Academy enters its second week of drills.