HCHS and HCMS to begin football practice Monday

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By Mike Aldridge

Dr. Chris Kerns greeted more than 25 middle school players and Coach Jim Carr close to 55 high school players for the first official day of football practice for 2013.
The numbers will be greater for both once the Toyota shutdown is over and also when baseball players can report following summer ball.
Coach Kerns was excited with the attitudes of his young players.  
“This definitely was something new and challenging, but I think that they understood what we were working toward and by the end were more sure of themselves and proud of what they accomplished in the first day,” Kerns said.
The varsity football players had a seven-on-seven competition with our neighbors from Nicholas County on Monday evening.
The heat was stifling and the coaches had to keep a sharp eye on the heat index, but both squads got in a good workout.  
Seven-on-seven competition features both passing challenges for the skill positions and workout challenges for the linemen.  
This seven-on-seven work came for the Harrison County varsity after three days last week of pre-season practice.  This practice with only helmets and shorts gave the team a refresher course in what they learned last year.  
“We took advantage of what we had already learned last year in our offense and worked on reaction time and improvement,” commented Coach Carr. “This helped prepare us to react quicker and learn more about our positions.”
Harrison County welcomes 13 seniors this year to try to improve on last year’s one win season.  
Cody Anderson, Taylor Bolin, Grant Carr, Stephen Conner, Spencer Covington, Matt Hatmaker, Justin Hunter, Zach Royce, DeShon Talbott, Tyler Tolson, John VanHook, Dominic Walker and Shaun Wallin will be counted on by Carr to provide that much needed senior leadership.  
The Harrison County varsity coaching staff that will assist Car in his second year as coach are offensive coordinator Jimbo Stroub; assistant offensive coordinator and team manager David Connor; defensive coordinator Wayne Mattox; Bobby Fowler, defensive backs; Adam Tolle and Tyler Fryman offensive line and linebackers; Bryn Free, offensive line and special teams; Kevin Anderson, offensive line; Mark Jenkins, quarterbacks and running backs, and the newest addition, Derrick Dye, who will coach wide receivers.