Itawamba Agricultural High School Indians

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FULTON, Miss. (WCBI) — Seven years of making the postseason turned to eight last year for Itawamba AHS.

The Indians finished a strong campaign with a 7-4 record in 2013 but fell short to the eventual 4A North Champions at home in the first round.

Aug 22 Ripley home
Aug 29
Sept 5 Saltillo home
Sept 12 Center Hill away
Sept 19 Aberdeen away
Sept 26 Open
Oct 3 Amory* home
Oct 10 Kossuth home
Oct 17 Corinth* home
Oct 24 Velma Jackson away
Oct 31 Tishomingo Co* home
*District games

While last season it was the big uglies in the trenches that led the way, this year the script will flip for coach Toby Collums.

“This year it will be the complete opposite on offense,” coach Collums said. “We’re getting all our skill player back but there will be new faces on the line. We’ve had a great offseason with all those new faces in the weight room on a regular basis and that’s where you build the team from.”

The two stars on offense from last season are back for IAHS: quarterback Vijay Miller, who threw for 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns plus 900-yard rusher Hunter White.

Both will be juniors in 2014 but they’ll be important leaders for the Indians.

“Those two guys were exceptional sophomores and we expect them to grow up and be really good juniors this year,” Collums said. “We put both of those guys in leadership roles to start the season.”

It was a tremendous season the ended abruptly last year for the Indians. Lafayette knocked out IAHS on their home turf in the 2013 playoffs.

That game is driving Itawamba to make it back to the postseason and make a run this time around.

“First this first is we want to win the division,” quarterback Vijay Miller said. “If we get past that we’ll see how far we can go. I feel like we have a good chance at state this year.”

“I want to be at the top,” senior safety Hunter Sheffield said. “I want to get to the State Championship. It’s my senior year and I want to go as far as we can go while pushing my teammates as far as they can go.”

The Indians will start at home to begin the year versus Ripley followed by a trip to New Albany to end the month of August.

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