Choctaw Central’s coaches and players have been able to focus on getting ready for the football season this summer and not wondering who’s going to be the next head football coach.

Veteran coach Pepper Posey started working with the program as last season started, ending a two-year search. Things were pretty much day-to-day until midways through the season.  Then the Warriors became competitive in some games and ended a long losing streak with a 44-20 win over Kemper County.

This summer, the Warriors have been lifting weights, running and going to football camps. They have participated in camps at Mississippi College,  Alabama and Mississippi State all through the month of June.

“We have had good workouts this summer,” Posey said. “The kids are buying into what we are trying to do. We are getting ready to play 4A football.”

The 2019 schedule is not going to get any easier for Choctaw Central. During realignment of the members of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, the Warriors moved up in classification from 3A to 4A.

They will be competing in Region 4-4A which is in the North half of the state. The teams in their region are no strangers. Choctaw Central has played them over the years in football, basketball and other sports. The new region will be made up of Kosciusko, Leake Central, Louisville, Northeast Lauderdale and West Lauderdale.

Posey said the only thing his team can do about their new classification is to get ready to play.

“Right now, I think we are stronger then we were during the spring,” Posey said. “The weight training is paying off.

“We have put some new things in during the spring. I have always run the 4-3 on defense but we may have some different looks this fall. We have good size on the offensive line. It is matter of those guys staying healthy and getting into good football shape. “

Football will be put on hold for the next couple of week with the start of stickball and the Choctaw Indian Fair.

“We’ll pick back up after that and the season will be upon,” Coach Posey said. “We have some good senior leadership on this team and we have got to come back ready to play.”

The Warriors will play against Sebastopol in the East Central jamboree August 16

Choctaw Central opens the season with three home games as they host Union, Cherokee (N.C.) and Nanih Waiya. After a week off September 13, the Warriors close out non-district play with a trip to Lake and then a home game against Richland.

The new region schedule starts October 4 with a home game against Kosciusko. The Warriors then take on Louisville, Northeast Lauderdale, West Lauderdale and Leake Central.