Local prep football practice begins

Published 10:25 pm Saturday, August 2, 2008

All four local prep football teams will kick off another season on Monday.

Along with teams across the state and many across the South, Picayune, Pearl River Central, Poplarville and Hancock all hit the practice field today in anticipation of the upcoming season which kicks off on Aug. 29th.

The teams will undergo four weeks of preseason practice before the 2008 campaign begins.

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Picayune veteran head coach Dodd Lee and his Maroon Tide troops hit the field in hopes of winning a third straight Region 8-4A crown. Picayune is coming off back to back double digit win campaigns as well.

Ironically, The Maroon Tide kicks off the season on the road an in the same spot it ended the 2007 season, on the banks of the Escatawpa River at Dantzler Stadium in Moss Point.

Pearl River Central is looking for its first winning season in four years. The Blue Devils are guided by former PRC standout Jeremy Weir, beginning his third season at the helm. PRC opens the season on the road at South Jones.

Poplarville looks to return to the state playoffs with a new head coach in place. Chris Teal took over the Hornets program in the offseason, coming from PRC where he was an assistant last season.

Poplarville opens the season on the road at West Jones..

In the Kiln, Hancock looks to end a 36 game losing streak with a new head coach in place as well. Hawk alum David King returns to his roots to guide the Hawks in Region 4-5A action. King comes to Hancock from West Point, where he was the defensive coordinator. Hancock opens the season at home against Stone High.