#HSFT17: Stop No. 15 – Tishomingo County Braves

Aug 18 Alcorn Central  Away
Aug 25  McNairy Central  Home
Sept 1  Belmont  Away
Sept 8  Kossuth  Home
Sept 15  Booneville  Away
Sept 22  Holly Springs  Home
Sept 29  Ripley*  Home
Oct 6  Corinth*  Away
Oct 13  New Albany*  Home
Oct 20  Senatobia*  Away
Oct 27  Byhalia*  Home
*District games


IUKA, Miss. (WCBI) — A new man leads the football program in Iuka.

Ray Weeks takes over as the man in charge of Tishomingo County football.

The new head coach returns to the game after a two year absence, and is looking to turn things around for Braves football.

“It’s just an opportunity to come in and try to rebuild another program and work hard, and have some success. I think it’s a great opportunity here. It’s a good area of the state to live in. It’s a good school system and a very intriguing opportunity,” Weeks said.

Weeks will bring his up-tempo style and more than a decade worth of football knowledge to the Braves.

“We’ve learned a lot. We had to get a lot in before the spring game. Learn a whole new system, but we done pretty good in the spring game. I think he’s been good and patient. Been allowing us to get it all in, and he’s just been very helpful and all,” junior running back Tayvius Duckett said.

“Coach Weeks is bringing in a new offense. It’s more of a slot-slot offense, and he’s going to be a great coach. From what I’ve seen so far, he’s a good guy and he knows what he is doing, and I’m just going to see how the rest of the summer goes with him and how good he can work with us and get us ready for the season,” adds another teammate Caleb Garner.

The last winning season for the Braves came back in 2007.

In 26 years of the school’s existence, the team has made the playoffs only six times.

“Our expectations are to win the division and go to the playoffs. Anything other than that is unacceptable. We’ve got high goals and we are going to work hard to achieve them, but we want to have a winning season and we want to get into the playoffs and see what we can do,” Weeks said.

“Definitely win more than last year. Show teams that we play that we’re going to bring it. This is why we are here in the summer. Put in the work, and if we definitely put in the work, I see winning more than three games,” Duckett said.

“We just like to get at least one playoff win as us seniors go out for the upcoming kids and make it good for them to be in,” Garner adds.


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