By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Potts Camp needed one last dry run before jumping into Mississippi High School Activities Association football next season.
Thus far, the Cardinals look ready to make the jump to Class 2A upon classification realignment for next season.
Potts Camp is 5-1 with its lone loss to Class 6A Desoto Central.
“I just wasn’t sure we were where we needed to be mentally to be in a division with teams like the Calhoun Citys and Bruces and Okolonas, guys who have been there for years,” said Cardinals coach Shane Stone.
This season has been a proving ground, with a one-two rushing punch leading the way.
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Harris and senior running back Jamarquis Foster are neck-and-neck in rushing. Foster has 577 yards on 64 carries with 11 touchdowns. Harris has scored four touchdowns and has gained 560 yards on 53 carries.
“We look at him to do a lot of things and he does,” Stone said. “He’s just a sophomore and plays much older than that, like a senior really. Jamarquis Foster has really been the staple for us.
“That’s a pretty good one-two punch. Teams have to be prepared for both.”
Harris also starts at safety, Foster at middle linebacker, where he leads the team with 11 tackles per game. Brantley Harris, the team’s best receiver and cover corner, has five touchdown catches.
Potts Camp has four games remaining: Friday at home against Immanuel Christian, at East Union and two home dates against Benton County and New Site to close the season. Next year, the grind gets tougher. The Cardinals played Falkner and Biggersville last spring in an effort to see where they need to be for next season.
“At the beginning of the year, we challenged them and every week they’ve been responding,” Stone said. “Having a good year can have huge dividends in the future as far as competing with some of those teams.”
New kick time
High school football games will kick off at 7 p.m. for the remainder or the regular season and playoffs. The first seven games of the season started at 7:30 p.m. due to the heat.