King loses top defender

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 15, 1999

When it comes to a jamboree, most coaches are hopeful for a solid effort and very few mistakes.

While they would like to come out on top, the main concern is no injuries.

&uot;I had second thoughts at one time about playing in the jamboree because I was worried about injuries,&uot; said Trinity head coach David King.

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Worry justified.

King lost his starting offensive lineman and linebacker Friday night in Port Gibson as junior William Foley tore his ACL and fractured his knee in the first game against Huntington High.

Foley had 48 tackles last year and was calling the defenses from his middle linebacker position.

Foley was injured when he collided with a teammate.

&uot;It was a freak accident and freak play,&uot; King said.

King said he was already thin at that position.

&uot;We don’t have another linebacker,&uot; he said. &uot;Foley was only 145 pounds, but he and Scott (Maggio) are tough enough to play those positions. We’ll have to come up with something, even though it may be unusual.&uot;

Trinity defeated Huntington and lost to Wilkinson County Christian Academy.

Chamberlain-Hunt defeated WCCA, but lost to Adams County Christian School.

The Rebels upended Huntington to finish 2-0 in the jamboree.

&uot;I thought all of the teams looked good,&uot; King said

King would have a hard time getting Huntington head coach Jay Murphree to go along with that.

&uot;We’ve got to get more aggressive,&uot; Murphree said. &uot;We looked like we were in slow motion.&uot;

Murphree said he doesn’t know of any good his team got out of the two 20-minute contests they played.

&uot;The effort just wasn’t there,&uot;&160;he said. &uot;I don’t know the reason for that. We’ve got a lot of work to do this week.&uot;

And will Murphree have any trouble getting his team’s attention going in the Hounds’ season-opener at home against River Oaks Friday?

Probably not.

ACCS head coach Bo Swilley said he saw some good things in his teams’ two wins.

&uot;The big things are there, we have to do a better job of doing the little things,&uot; Swilley said. &uot;We had some opportunities to score, but didn’t. We have to stay focused. We gave up a couple of big plays defensively. We have to learn to play consistent and have no down moments.&uot;

There is no time for down moments now as it’s all for real.

It’s a light schedule of games this Friday. Besides Huntington, Trinity opens at home against Tensas in another District 6A contest.

In other pivotal district contests, CHA goes to Tri-County. WCCA hosts Plain Dealing, Centreville is at Bowling Green and Pine Hills is at Tallulah.

Conditioning will play a major factor in all of those games, so you can bet there will be a lot of running in practice this week.

And if this weekend is any indication, it won’t take long to get in shape.

The team standing at the end may just be the winner literally this week.

Today and Monday will be the last days to vote on high school team of the century, which will come out Friday, along with the football preview.

Right now the ACCS team of 1982 and the 1981 South Natchez squad are tied for the most votes.

Get your vote in by calling 446-5172, ext. 232 and leaving a message. Or you can use e-mail at And then there’s the fax at 442-7315. So no excuses. And don’t complain about the results if you don’t vote.