Sep 15 ND Writeup
These are the early area surprises Take an early look at die high school football scores of 2003 and the surprises kind of jump out at you. North Caddo is 2-0. 2-0. 2-0. North DeSolo is 1-1 1-1 1-1 and led St. Mary on the road in a close loss. Fair Park has a road win. Haughton and Airline seem to have Brian McCallum Opinion survived the loss of several long-time long-time long-time starters and are both 2-0. 2-0. 2-0. Captain Shreve has already won a football game, not by forfeil and against a program with a solid reputation. I would call some of it mag- mag- ic, but magic is just an illusion. None of what is happening here is illusion. k't's get the easy ones out of the way first. Mike Greene of Airline and Rodney Gum of Haughton have been leading their respective football staffs for a few years now, and they have built something more than teams which occasionally have good records. Fair Park seems to always have some talent capable of winning, but the Indians have been competing in Class 5A for so long - where they go against schools with much larger enrollments - that it's easy to forget how competitive the school can be. Tlie Indians are in a belter situation now, and the players seem to know it. Perhaps tlie people at Captain Shreve are seeing what Haughton and Airline, among many others, have already already seen. A coaching staff is getting a chance to build a stable stable program and is working hard to Uike advantage of it. And the Gators themselves are starved for even a little success. Here's hoping they enjoy what they get. Tlie most interesting surprises surprises to me at this early point is what is going on at North Caddo and North DeSoto. Tlie Rebels have done some winning winning in tlie last few years, but last season was dreadful. It's never certain how an assistant assistant coach will do once he is put in charge of an operation, operation, but the early signs are that Jerry Byrd can lead a team. As dreadful as the Rebels were, they couldn't have touched the Griffins last season. season. It's been a rough year or so for North DeSoto, not just as a football team but as a school. Head football coach Andrew Hargroder is part of the new blood charged with making things better there, and he's off to a great start. North DeSoto won its first game and almost upset St. Mary in Natchitoches. Yes, it's all early, but it's good news for those involved. Good luck on keeping it going. going. Brian McCallum is the prep sports editor for The Times. He can be reached by e-mail e-mail e-mail to MCbamraol.com or by phone at 459-3298. 459-3298. 459-3298.