High School Football Tour: Hamilton

Hamilton High School Lions

HAMILTON, Miss. (WCBI Sports) - The Hamilton Lions are coming off a historic season, winning a playoff game for the first time in 27 years.

“Now they we have got that out of our hands, I think we can go even further this year and push ourselves all the way to the top,” senior defensive end Tanner Dement said.

Aug 16 Jamboree TBA
Aug 22 Potts Camp away
Aug 29 Caledonia home
Sept 5 Hatley home
Sept 12 Vardaman* away
Sept 19 Falkner* home
Sept 26 Open
Oct 3 Houlka* away
Oct 10 Thrasher* home
Oct 17 Biggersville* away
Oct 24 Coldwater* home
Oct 31 Smithville* away
Nov 7 Coffeeville* home
*District games

Lions head coach Ray Weeks has seen a difference coming into the 2014 campaign.

“It has been a long time coming and it’s put a little extra pep in the guys steps this summer and they want more,” Weeks said. “They got a little taste of it. So close last year and so there working harder and its in the back of there minds.”

Many of the pieces from last year are back. Seven starters on defense and six on offense return for Weeks.

“The returning experience that we have and their attitudes have been real great, but the experience is going to be the biggest thing,” Weeks said.

One guy opponents will have to watch out for is junior running back Keyshon Heard.

“He’s one of the fastest guys in the state,” Weeks said. “He ran a 4.3 at the Tupelo combine and he is our biggest offensive threat.”

The team will rely on its experience to try to win the program’s first state title since 1982.

“We have a lot of more guys to step up this year and a lot of more heart,” junior wide receiver Sam Peloquin said.

“I think the biggest thing is the attitude and the heart and everything,” Tanner Dement said. “Everybody wants it now and everybody is wanting to go after it. They know we can go past the first round this time and think we can go all the way.”

The season begins at Potts Camp Aug. 22.

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