By Gene Phelps
A hashmark here, a letter there and Corinth’s football program hopes to have its artificial turf installed and ready for practice Aug. 18, one week before its season opener.
“All the numbers are almost down,” Warriors head coach Doug Jones said. “It’s supposed to be finished by the end of next week. That will give us a full week practicing on it.”
Jones says because the newer turf products play “like grass,” there’s very little difference when it comes to where you practice and play.
“We practiced on turf all the time, then played (road) games on grass when I was at Madison Central,” he said. “It never affected us.”
Corinth is one of at least four Northeast Mississippi high schools installing artificial turf at its stadiums this season. The others include Tupelo, Oxford and Starkville.
Tupelo’s blue turf is expected to arrive next week.
Golden Wave coach Trent Hammond says the work should start Tuesday, but he doesn’t have a time frame on when it will be ready for practice.
“I’d rather be on it,” he said.
Hammond wants to get his team acclimated to the blue field before its Aug. 29 home opener against Center Hill at Renasant Field.
“One of the things we’ll have to get used to is the color,” he said, earlier in the summer.
Tupelo’s season opener is scheduled for Aug. 22 at Lafayette. The Commodores installed artificial turf last season.
Oxford’s turf is expected to arrive Monday and be ready before the team’s home opener Aug. 29.
“We’ll be able to practice on it a week before our first home game,” Chargers coach Johnny Hill said. “We play some games on (real) grass this season so it’s been good for us to practice on grass.”
Starkville had some troubles earlier in the summer with its base, but the turfed field is expected to be ready for the team’s season opener, scheduled for Aug. 22 against Noxubee County.
“The turf is being delivered this week,” Yellow Jackets coach Jamie Mitchell said.
“They’ll start installing it Saturday or Sunday.”