It’s Ladarien Haynes’ final season of high school football. So he’s not taking any hot, miserable, sweaty summer workout for granted – especially as one of the few seniors among a young flock of East Marion Eagles.
As Jack Hankins enters year three as the head coach at Wayne County, he’s counting on guys that are going to step up and help complete his vision for the War Eagle program. Paris Evans is exactly what coach Hankins was looking for going into the season.
Amarion Fortenberry didn’t see his first action at running back until the first round of last year’s playoffs. He looks like a natural at the position now, rushing for 182 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s win over Sumrall.
Larry Dolan is back in Brooklyn and has Forrest County Agricultural off to a strong start at 3-0. “It’s very different and it feels way better,” said FCAHS senior running back Keeghan Rodgers. “Actually knowing that we can win and we actually have a chance this year, it just feels so much better.”
Wayne County waltzed into Friday night’s intermission with a 20-0 lead over visiting Oak Grove. The Warriors finally awoke from their slumber, clawing back to tie the game at 23-23. As intensity built in the fourth quarter, junior kicker Luke Stewart’s nerves remained surprisingly calm.
There’s been an energy around Oak Grove this summer – a group of football players eager to get back on the field. Jeramie Posey plans to leave it all out there for his senior season, embodying the attitude needed in a defensive end.
It was a tough start to the year for Laurel High School when a January fire left its fieldhouse heavily damaged. But the Golden Tornadoes football team was resilient throughout the summer, with seniors like Terrion McCullum leading the way.
Second-year Wayne County head coach Jack Hankins feels good about what the War Eagles can do offensively this season – returning starting quarterback Carter Hankins and running back Isiah Boyd. But the key piece in allowing those guys to flourish is senior offensive guard/tackle Brenden Roscoe.