Deiondre “The Bus” Fox picks up some big yardage during Philadelphia’s scrimmage.

Photo by 
Steve Swogetinsky
Deiondre “The Bus” Fox picks up some big yardage during Philadelphia’s scrimmage. Photo by Steve Swogetinsky

 Local football teams returned to the practice field last week; now most are preparing for game-like action with jamborees set for later this week.

Jamborees are game-like scrimmages that last two quarters. They do not count on a team’s record.

Philadelphia will play at West Lauderdale with a 6 p.m. start. Choctaw Central and Union will compete in the East Central Community College jamboree. The Warriors take on Sebastopol at 5 p.m. while Union plays Northeast Lauderdale starting at 6:30 p.m. Leake Academy will travel to the Tri-County jamboree on Thursday.

Neshoba Central will not be playing in a jamboree this fall.


Checking in with the five local football camps:

Philadelphia head coach Bobby Hall put his team through an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday morning and liked what he saw.

“I think we are making progress,” Hall said. “We are a better team than we were in spring training. We are learning to take care of the little details and we are doing things as a team.”

Following Friday’s jamboree, the Tornadoes will open their season at home against Ruleville Central on Thursday night.

“We are expecting a big crowd,” Hall said. “We will be the only show in town that night and I think people are ready to see a high school football game, no matter who they support.”

Neshoba Central coach Patrick Schoolar said he has been pleased with the effort so far.

“We aren’t as crisp as I would like but that will come,” Schoolar said. “The effort has been there. We had a scrimmage and I thought we executed well.”

Schoolar said this week’s practice will be spent working on the Rockets and what they do.

“We are getting ready to open the season at Kosciusko (Aug. 17),” Schoolar said. “We have been looking back at what they have been doing over the years.

Schoolar is looking for the offensive and defensive lines to be stronger with a year of experience under their belts. They also have Austin Day back at quarterback along with running backs Tyler Mathis and Cardarrius Roberts returning.

“We should be very stable this year,” Schoolar said. “We have most of our starters returning. We are looking for a better year.”

Choctaw Central named Pepper Posey as their new head football coach July 28 and he met his team the following Monday on the first day of practice.

“I have been getting to know the players,” Posey said. “Right now, we have got to get our lines of communication down. What I might call a formation one name, they have been calling it by another. I am learning their terminology and making sure we are all on the same page.”

Posey said he felt welcomed by the coaches and players after being introduced and was pleased with the Warriors’ work ethic.

“You can tell these kids have been coached,” Posey said. “They have discipline and they work hard. I am here to help turn the program around. It’s not going to happen overnight. We are going to work hard.”

Leake Academy coach Brian Pickens was pleased with last Friday’s scrimmage at Pillow Academy.

“We saw a lot of blocking and tackling and position work,” Pickens said. “It was a controlled environment. We ran a certain number of plays.

“It will be a game-like situation this week at Tri-County. We have a mature team this year; they are taking care of business.”

The Rebels open the season August 17 at home against St. Aloysius.

Union coach Brad Breland saw the Yellowjackets are getting into shape and getting ready for the season.

“We have had some good practices,” Breland said. “We haven’t scrimmaged. We have been doing team things. We will get our first scrimmage against Northeast Lauderdale, and we will see where we are.”

The Yellowjackets open the season on the road against Choctaw Central.