In Today’s Journal

Photo by: C. Todd Sherman

Of course, we had the story on Chris Stratton committing to play baseball for Mississippi State. Also, Booneville football coach Jim Drewry was named Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

As most of you know, Drewry’s had some health problems the last few years, but he keeps coming back. Assistant coach Rick Coggin made a keen observation: “His health’s typically better during the football season than at any other time.”

As for this year’s team, the Blue Devils are coming off a 7-5 season. They reached the second round of the state playoffs. Only three starters from each side of the ball are gone from that team.

Back at quarterback will be Jeiron Jones, a mobile junior who took over signal-calling duties in the third game of 2007 and was 7-3 as a starter. His entire backfield returns: junior Bo Brown, who rushed for 782 yards, and senior Andrew Southward (788 yards). Also back is junior receiver Drew Cristo (19 catches, 434 yards).

“If we can stay healthy, I feel like we’ll have a good ball club,” Drewry said. “How good it is, it remains to be seen.”

I expect the Blue Devils to be very good. Look for them to be somewhere in my preseason rankings. Which prompts a good question: Who should be No. 1 in the Daily Journal preseason rankings? Remember, the Small School rankings include Classes 1A-3A, while the Large School rankings are 4A-5A.

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3 responses to “In Today’s Journal

  1. It’s a tough pick for the Large Schools number one pick between Lafayette County and Tupelo. As for the other three spots should consist of the usual suspects: Shannon, West Point, Oxford, or Starkville

    If Louisville isn’t in your coverage area I would put Aberdeen as the Small Schools number one pick with Booneville coming in with a close second. As for the other three spots – wow I hate to be you: Ripely, Corinth, Baldwyn, Bruce, Calhoun City, Vardaman, East Webster, Amory, or Nettleton…

    Smithville is going to be a team to look out for as the most improved from last season pending on their line situation.

  2. roastbeef1

    1. Tupelo- weren’t they number one to end last season? They still have a team that can light up a scoreboard too with that air attack.
    2. Itawamba- How Gore left them out is beyond me. Sure they lost Jefcoat, but they still gave Tupelo a close Spring game and Miller has shown signs of being good. The O-Line and ground game will also help the soph. qb out.

    After those two I would go Lafayette, Starkville, and West Point. I think Shannon is going to be a little down this season eventhough Green is unbelievable.

    Small schools, I would have Aberdeen, Ripley, Baldwyn, East Webster, and then Bruce.

  3. For reference, here are the final 2007 rankings, with records:

    Large Schools
    1. West Point: 11-2
    2. Itawamba AHS: 11-2
    3. Tupelo: 9-4
    4. Shannon: 10-2
    5. Oxford: 8-4

    Small Schools
    1. Ripley: 12-1
    2. East Webster: 12-1
    3. Bruce: 9-3
    4. Corinth: 9-5
    5. Baldwyn: 10-3

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