Dalton Middleton has been traversing the region to learn more about some of the football teams leading up to the start of the season. On today’s episode, he provides a few updates from his travels.
One of his stops was at Pontotoc (1:27), which is dealing with injuries to several key players. Middle linebacker Hayden Harris is out for the year, tailback Gabe Harmon won’t be back until mid-season, and safety Trevor Morgan will miss some time.
The Warriors also have a question mark at quarterback with the graduation of Jacob Carter, who was the Daily Journal’s 2016 Offensive Player of the Year. His younger brother, Justin, is battling with senior London Jordan for the starting role. One thing coach Jeff Carter can count on is the play of lineman Cole Smith, an LSU commit.
Over at Itawamba AHS, it looks to be a rebuilding year due to the loss of 26 seniors (6:20). The Indians have some playmakers on defense, though, including Lane Domino and Jamal Shumpert.
Corinth, meanwhile, is looking to get back to the postseason after missing it last year for the first time since 1999 (9:30). Jon D. Warren returns at QB to run second-year coach Todd Lowery’s Wing-T offense. The Warriors are expected to be tough on defense, where all 11 starters return.
Dalton also has a hoops update. Corinth’s Tada Stricklen, a senior guard who helped the program win the Class 4A state title in 2016, is starting to get noticed by colleges (13:14). He’s looking to lead the Warriors to another big year.