Pre-Season High School Football Underway
Pre-season football practice began this week for high school teams across Northeast Arkansas.
Cougar football practice began Monday, with the junior high team rolling out to practice at 6:30 a.m. while the senior high squad gathered at 5:30 p.m., a schedule which is slated to continue for the next two weeks. A total of 23 Cougars came out for junior high practice and 28 were on hand for senior high practice, 10 of which are returning starters. This year's team "came out ready to work and it was a really good practice," Coach Dave Hendrix said.
Meanwhile, Mohawk Coach Michael Harrell worked-out 31 members of the PHS senior high team Monday morning, with 27 turning out for the junior high practice that afternoon. Throughout the next two weeks the senior squad will gather from 7 to 11 a.m., while the junior high team will practice from 5 to 7 p.m. Pre-season workouts are being held at the new practice facility adjacent to the old gym, on South Garfield.
The Mohawks will begin their season at home on Friday, Sept. 4, as they host the Marked Tree Indians in non-conference play. Meanwhile, the Cougars will begin their campaign on the road at Palestine-Wheatley, as they visit the Patriots. Week two will be the Rector home opener, as they host Cedar Ridge while the Mohawks will be on the road at Portageville, Mo., to take on the Bulldogs.
Week three both squads will wrap-up the non-conference portion of their schedules with a showdown at Temerian Field in Rector, as the Cougars host the Mohawks.