Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Pre-Season Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Saturday, 13 August 2011 00:00

As the Hubbertville football team prepares to hit the gridiron this season, head coach Lamar Harris begins his 35th year at the helm as Athletic Director and Head Coach for the Lions.  After graduating a large senior class last year, the Lion coaching team will face a year of reorganizing and shuffling players to different positions as they prepare for game time on Friday nights.  The Lions will field several new players who have no varsity experience, as only six players will be on the starting lineup who experienced playing time during the varsity teams action last year. Refusing to describe this years team as a rebuilding process, Harris stated that each year presents rebuilding challenges regardless of the number of returning players with experience on the field.  The Lions will return nine lettermen from last years team, six of those with starting experience. Only one of five seniors appeared on the starting line up for last year's team; senior Hunter O'Mary (5'9"/210) will be returning as a staple on offense and defense as well as special teams for the Lions.  Coach Harris indicated that although the year ahead is not being considered as a rebuilding year for him personally, he realizes his team is in a tough position since so many of his players are lacking experience in the positions they are being called upon to fill on this year's roster.  Leadership remains a question with the loss of last year's eight senior players, but Harris is confident the returning lettermen will lead those players who are lacking experience as the season progresses.  "Overall I'm extremely pleased with the dedication and enthusiasm shown by the guys during our summer practices and team meetings.  For the most part all the kids are coming around and are really interested in learning the game of football.  We have a large number of underclassmen whom I'll be calling on to step up when needed to take the team forward." In addition to O'Mary this year's team has four other senior players, some of whom Harris will depend on to show determination and dedication both on the field as well as off of the playing field.  "We depend on our seniors to be team leaders.  We turn to them in the classroom setting as well as on the playing field.  Their presence as team leaders are unmistakable in the locker room.  They have the responsibility of keeping the team unified and guiding and teaching our younger guys to mature into the sport.  I've stated numerous times before that senior leadership is a must have staple in any teams success and this year will be no different."
Although Coach Harris made it clear that he refuses to name anyone as an official starter until game time, the projected offensive line up for this year is as follows: Taking over the duties as quarterback for the Lions will be Aaron Dillard (5'10"/190), junior.  Joseph Tidwell (5'11"/170), senior, will line up at center.  Playing in the guard positions will be Taylor Oden (5'9"/230), junior and Drew Price (5'8"/200), junior.  Calan Robertson (6'1"/225), junior, and Landon Miller (6'/185), sophomore, will take the position of tackles with Devan Watkins (6'1"/190), senior, lining up as tight end and David Aldridge (6'/150), junior, taking to the field as split end.  Prospective starters in the backfield along with Dillard at quarterback will be Jordan Wyma (5'11/150), senior, flanker; Corey Stewart (5'11"/145), junior, wing back and Hunter O'Mary at fullback. On the defensive side of the ball, Coach Harris projects the following players as starters:  Taylor Oden and Landon Miller will defend the field at the end positions.  Devin Watkins, and Sam Key (5'8"/210), junior will anchor at tackle with Hunter O'Mary, Jordan Wyma, Aaron Dillard and Jordan White (5'7"/135), sophomore defending the field as linebackers.  David Aldridge and Vess Benton (6'2"/135), freshman, will stage the defensive side of the ball as halfbacks.  Serving as safety will be Corey Stewart.  The Lion coaching staff will once again turn to Hunter O'Mary and his punting experience to place the ball deep in the opponent's territory when facing fourth down and long.  Aaron Dillard will return as the team kicker with both Dillard and O'Mary sharing kicking duties on field goal attempts.  As for kickoff and punt returning duties Coach Harris wasn't willing to commit anyone to those positions just yet, stating that the team was still working to narrow down who would step forward and assume those duties.
With probable starters only having experience on the junior varsity level, Coach Harris knows the year ahead will hold some trying times for his team.  "We've worked hard in our practices, we've had admirable dedication from the kids with only one guy walking away since spring training began.  Although we're young and lacking experience on the varsity level, I'm confident our guys are going to hold their own and be successful in accomplishing their goals.  I'm concerned about injuries as we have been fortunate to date to only have a few minor setbacks, but as the season progresses we will have that factor to face as well.  Our proposed starting line up on offense consist of senior and junior classmen along with one sophomore who is a returning starter, all of whom are very fit and physical.  The defensive side of the ball will bring three players with no varsity level experience although all three have had respectable playing time on junior varsity and have made tremendous improvements during the off season and summer practice sessions.  All of our proposed starters have the potential to prove themselves to the team and our fans.  The bottom line is they just have to step up on game night and be ready to take to the field and play four hard fought quarters of physical ball to come away with a victory.  The younger guys are going to have to step up when called upon.  We are young in lots of playing positions and those guys are the ones who will have to step up.  It's encouraging to have a great group of young underclassmen of sophomores and freshmen on the varsity roster.  We need those guys to remain dedicated, to step up and produce when called upon and to be consistent as a vital part of our program.  As time allows they will have their starting spot on the team and playing time on the field."
The Lions schedule remains as last year with a strong region consisting of regional foes Berry, Brilliant, Lynn, Marion County, Meek, Parrish, and South Lamar making up class 1A, region 7.  The Lions are set to face the Purple Tornadoes of Parrish for Homecoming on Oct 7.   Non-regional action for the Lions will consist of a visit from the Phillips Bears and visits to Tuscaloosa to take on the Titans of Holy Spirit and closing out the season at Vina facing the Red Devils.  Coach Harris refused to pinpoint any one team as the team to watch in the region, stating that one factor could make a difference when facing any team on any given night.  "We have a tough region made up of some great teams and coaching staffs and we all have the same goals..... to end each Friday nights game with a hard fought victory.  I'm always excited to lead my team on the field and I'm hopeful the team will produce the quality of play that makes the season exciting for our loyal fans."
Aug. 19                                    Tharptown (Pre-season)                                  Hubbertville
Aug. 26                                    Phillips                                                              Hubbertville
Sep. 2                                      South Lamar *                                                  South Lamar
Sep. 9                                      Brilliant *                                                           Hubbertville
Sep. 16                                    Marion County *                                               Hubbertville
Sep. 23                                    Holy Spirit                                                         Holy Spirit
Sep. 30                                    Lynn *                                                               Lynn
Oct. 7                                       Parrish *                                                           Hubbertville (Homecoming)
Oct. 14                                     Meek *                                                              Meek
Oct. 21                                     Berry *                                                              Hubbertville
Oct. 28                                     Vina                                                                  Vina
All Games begin at 7pm
* Regional Games (Region 7, Class 1A)
Athletic Director/Head Coach:  Lamar Harris
Assistant Coaches:  Trent Hill, Jeff Rutledge
Principal:  Tim Dunavant
Assistant Principal:  Jason Bourland


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