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.