LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Harrison Central head coach Steve Jones thought he would have game breaking quarterback Byron Walker back for his junior season. That's not the case....Walker tore his ACL during the summer and is out for the season.
Enter 14-year-old Tavis Williams. He's 6-2 and can rifle the football.
Jones said,"He's doing a great job. He's a big kid, 6-2 and can throw the ball so we're able to do a lot more things offensively than we did last year."
Harrison Central's offensive line brings experience and toughness to the trenches and 5-9, 195 pound running back Dwayne Barnett will explode through that offensive line, using his speed to break into the secondary. Last season Barnett ripped off 12-hundred yards.
"We expect some big things out of him this year,"stated Jones. "He's got some depth behind him so he'll be able to get some rest when he needs some. Last year he took about every snap. We've challenged him to get to 15-hundred yards and I think he can do it."
Dwayne Barnett said,"Drive, I can put the power out. I've got breakaway speed and I'm going to show that on Friday and work hard in the gym."
Defensively coach Jones must fill some big holes and 210 pound middle linebacker Aaron Rainey is ready to fill the gaps.
Jones said,"He's a three-year starter and he's still just a junior and he's our main guy on defense and we kind of build around him."
Harrison Central tackles the Stone Tomcats Friday night at 7 in Lyman in what is always a highly competitive game.