Talkin’ football

Football coaches, players take part in first Walker County Media Day

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 7/17/17

Coaches and players from all seven teams in Walker County weighed-in on the upcoming 2017 football season, giving their views on changes within their programs, teammates and opponents at the first Walker County Football Media Day on Monday.

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Talkin’ football

Football coaches, players take part in first Walker County Media Day

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Coaches and players from all seven teams in Walker County weighed-in on the upcoming 2017 football season, giving their views on changes within their programs, teammates and opponents at the first Walker County Football Media Day on Monday.

The event, expected to be an annual gateway to the preseason, was broadcast live over the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Facebook page, as well as over WJLX 101.5 F.M. Hosted by Warehouse 319, players and coaches expressed their enjoyment of the inaugural event and looked forward to future installments.

“I thought it was well done,” Carbon Hill coach Scott Curd said. “I thought it was a great idea and I hope to see it grow throughout the coming years.”

Media Day also marked the debut of two new coaches to their respective programs — Dora’s Bart Lockhart and Sumiton Christian’s Mike McCarty.

“I thought it was awesome. The kids had a blast. We were talking about it as we were walking to our vehicles,” Lockhart said. “We appreciate Warehouse 319 hosting it. The food was great, too.”

The Jasper Vikings made their first appearance since the school’s name change, with both head coach Heath Brunner and players Jeremiah Hammond, Ethan Walker and Eli DeJesus briefly speaking on the alteration.

Eagle publisher James Phillips, who acted as moderator for the event, deemed the first Media Day as a success.

“The Daily Mountain Eagle was happy to organize the first Walker County Media Day event. We appreciate the participation of all our local coaches. It was a great day,” Phillips said. “Seeing coaches and players from rival schools fellowshipping with each other was a highlight for me. It is our plan that Media Day will become an annual tradition as a kickoff to the local high school football season.”

The football season starts on Aug. 25.

In the first week, Jasper plays at Austin, Cordova plays at Mortimer Jordan, Corner plays at Dora, Carbon Hill travels to Locust Fork, Curry plays at Berry and Sumiton Christian hosts Victory Christian. Oakman opens the season on Sept. 1 at home against Lamar County.