VARDAMAN - All three Chickasaw County schools had plans last week to participate in Spring Jamborees, but the new kids on the block were the only ones who actually got on the field.
The Houlka Wildcats participated in the jamboree at Vardaman going against the host Rams and the Nettleton Tigers. Although they didn't come out on the winning side of the scoreboard, Coach Rob Allen said he saw a lot to feel positive about.
"They kind of got down a little after they lost to Vardaman," Allen said. "But I told them, these guys would have beat you by forty points last year. There's been that much improvement just in one season that they (Houlka) can play with them (Vardaman."
The Wildcats began their football team last year, playing some Varsity and some JV games against established area team as well as some newer teams. This year, they will expand their schedule to ten games that will include a varsity match with the Chiefs of Okolona and a JV game with Houston. They have formed a conference with New Site and Tupelo Christian Prep and are moving forward with plans to enter division play in 2010.
"I wanted to go division this year," Allen said. "If we'd had a football field ready, we could have done it."
Land for the new field has been secured and the administration is moving forward to create a home field for the Wildcats.
Houston and Okolona were set to participate in a jamoboree at South Pontotoc, but it was cancelled due to South's participation in the MHSAA State baseball championships. Neither school will have an opportunity to get on the field until later this summer as MHSAA rules closed spring training last week.