FOOTBALL JOURNAL 2012
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012
Cougars bigger, stronger and rededicated terback and Josh Estes will be running back. Evan Kidd, Davius Wilson, Keith Flowers and Kody Long will work as receivers. Wesley Ross, a freshman, will be backup at quarterback and running back.
BY JAY TIDWELL
SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL
COUGARS FAST FACTS
Division: 2-3A 2011 record: 3-8, 1-4 division (no playoffs) Coach: Roger Chism (3rd year)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Pannell, Sr., QB/CB Returning senior who knows the offensive scheme well. Evan Kidd, Sr., WR/S 6-1, 175 senior with speed; added 30 pounds in off-season weight program. Matt Collums, Sr., P/K/WR/CB Strong leg and consistently hitting 35-yard FGs.
South Pontotoc has hit a growth spurt. The Cougars started pre-season workouts with only seven seniors on their 52-player roster. But coach Roger Chism, in his third year in charge of the program, said they are all bigger and stronger. On the offensive line, for example, players have packed on from 20 to 35 pounds. And he said it’s all muscle. “We had to get stronger in the weight room, and we dedicated ourselves to that,” said Chism, who started the school’s powerlifting program 14 years ago. “We had to get more physical, and we’re doing that. We’ve had a year of growth and put on a lot of mass.”
On the line, left tackle John Smith has bulked up from 5-foot-10, 246 pounds as a sophomore to 6-foot, 280 as a junior. Center Rodney Parrish
The Cougars will operate out of a 3-3 scheme. On the front, Xavier Bean and Williams will be at the ends and Tyler Lindsey – who went from 5-7, 247 as a sophomore to 5-9, 275 as a junior – will stay at nose tackle. Trent Priest, Ryan Roberts and Estes will play as linebackers. In the backfield will be Wilson, Pannell, Zack Bagwell, Matt Collums and newcomer Elshaddi Gregory, a junior. TIM TUTOR | PONTOTOC PROGRESS Wes Park and Tucker Babb will also QB Alex Pennell returns for his provide support as defensive backs. senior season and will direct the Clay Hood, Kedrick Collier, Stanley Cougars’ offense. Black and Austin Lewis will be the first reserves off the bench. added 25 pounds of muscle. Wesley Parker, Matt Lewis, and Justin Hyland SPECIAL TEAMS will complete the front. Drew Roye, Collums, a senior, will handle punting Malique Williams and Ryan Roberts will and kicking assignments. Andrew rotate at tight end. Rackley, a freshman, will be longsnapAlex Pannell will start again at quar- per.
Have A Great Season
Aug. 17 Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26
at Houston 7:30 Ethel 7:30 Ripley 7:30 North Pontotoc 7:30 at North Panola 7:30 at Baldwyn 7:30 Nettleton* 7:30 at Water Valley* 7:00 at Mantachie* 7:00 Mooreville* 7:00 Aberdeen* 7:00 *–Division 2-3A
The Cougars lost their first three quarterbacks to injury in last year’s non-division game vs. North Panola on Sept. 16, but won 25-24. ... Lineman Tyler Lindsey won the 2012 state power-lifting championship in the 275-pound weight class with a 585-pound squat, 285 bench press and deadlift of 635. ... South Pontotoc will wear new flat silver helmets with “Cougars” in script.
Good Luck To All Schools!
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