Preseason football camp got under way earlier this week, and Dalton Middleton has already visited a couple of practices.
On this episode, Dalton gives us an update on Tupelo (1:34), which is coming off a 12-1 year but is trying to leave the past in the past. Some big-time players are back – like linebacker Jett Johnson and quarterback Stephon McGlaun – but several holes must be filled, especially on defense.
Dalton also visited Ripley (7:18), which is breaking in new head coach Sam Hathorn, formerly the Tigers’ offensive line coach. Hathorn’s squad is on the small side, but they look strong at several skill positions. Trey Blanchard, a starting safety last year, takes over at QB. He’ll have good help in the form of running back Mikichio Adams. One thing Hathorn is emphasizing to his players: building relationships.
And in tragic news, North Pontotoc lineman Ty Rayford died Monday following the Vikings’ first practice (11:39). He was recalled as a “gentle giant,” but a beast when the whistle blew.