By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Editor’s note: Here’s the latest in a series of updates on high school football in the area. Our annual preseason football preview section will appear in Sunday’s Daily Journal.
SHANNON – Chavis Dilworth ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds a few weeks ago.
“That’s pretty fast,” said Dilworth’s football coach, Shannon High School’s Darryl Carter. “He’s a tough kid; he works hard. He does everything well.”
Look for Dilworth to play just about everything for the Red Raiders and their first-year coach when they kick off the 2012 season Aug. 17 at Kosciusko.
Carter has his 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster penciled in at wide receiver, safety and cornerback. Dilworth played most of the 2011 season on defense.
“He can also punt and throw it,” the coach added. “He’s like (Mississippi State receiver) Chad Bumphis.”
Carter was the talented can-do-it-all Bumphis’ receivers coach at Tupelo High.
Dilworth and the Red Raiders have a dress rehearsal – a.k.a preseason jamboree – scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday against Oxford at Ole Miss.
Carter looks forward to seeing how his players respond to the unknown.
“We have guys playing both sides of the ball, so they play the call made,” he said. “You have to play the play and do your job when you don’t know the call.
“Mainly, we want to see where we are playing against somebody else. I want to see us execute against somebody else and get ready for Kosciusko.”
Shannon’s backfield will feature sophomore tailback Deiamonte Pounds, a powerful back packing 205 pounds on his 5-10 frame.
“He’s doing well,” Carter said. “Really, all of our guys are getting it done. I can’t complain.”
The quarterback position remains up for grabs between returning starter Jon Pugh and starting middle linebacker Devan Gilleylen.
Carter likes what he has seen from both players in practice.
“Nobody’s a clear starter,” he said. “The guys are equal. We’ll make a clear decision, if we have to, by the opener. Both are tough kids.”
Gilleylen definitely has a home in the lineup on defense.
Carter came to Shannon after three seasons as head coach at Kemper County, where his teams qualified for the postseason each year.
He replaced Chad Cook, who is now the Ripley coach.