Heat not stopping Tigers

First and goal - American FootballBy David Wheeler
Special to the Journal

An appropriate question in Booneville these days might be who is working harder – the Northeast Tigers football players or the construction crew?

While work is progressing on the new Northeast fieldhouse, the Tigers are toiling away in the July heat preparing for their Aug. 29 season opener at defending state champion Copiah-Lincoln.

“Things are going good, and I’ve been real impressed with the guys,” Northeast head coach Ricky Smither said.

Among the strong depth Smither reports at numerous positions, perhaps the most intriguing at this point is at quarterback. There, Smither is pleased with the work of LSU transfer Jerrad Randall, Moss Point freshman Joe Kirkland, and Lafayette freshman Jeremy Liggins.

Liggins is currently working at quarterback, as well as H-back and defensive end.

Also during these July workouts, which end Friday, Smither likes sophomore kicker Chris Cooper and defensive lineman Daniel Ross.

The Tigers will report back on Sunday.

Meanwhile at Northeast, work is progressing on the new football fieldhouse on the North end of the field.

“We’re a little behind schedule, and it’s touch and go for it to be ready for the first home game,” said Ricky Ford, former athletic director and now Executive Vice President at Northeast. “It will definitely be ready for the second home game.”

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Itawamba Community College Indians head coach Jon Williams took a different approach for summer workouts this year.

Because of some campus scheduling, Williams had the Indians work out during June.

“This was the first time we worked out in June, and took July off,” Williams said. “We’ll get them back (Sunday), and we’ll have a whole month to get ready.”

Itawamba will open its season at home Aug. 29 hosting East Central.

Among some names that standout for Williams for the 2013 Indians so far include sophomores C. J. Jackson from Water Valley at linebacker and Darius White from Grenada at corner, and third-year sophomore defensive lineman Cameron

Wiggins. Incoming freshmen with perhaps solid June workouts include Xavier Pegues from Oxford and Quinten Lane from Ackerman.