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When the Halifax County Middle School football team takes the field today against Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School at 5 p.m. at <a href=""></a> Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium it will looking to turn around its fortunes and take a step toward building a successful season.

The Lions fell to Ben Franklin Middle School in their home opener, and with today’s game being the first of five games remaining on the team’s schedule, this provides the Lions a good opportunity to build momentum for the rest of the season.

“I am really excited about this year to see what we have,” said Lions Head Coach LeVar Medley.

“Right now, offensively we have to continue to work on execution. The base of the offense is in, and all we have to do is sharpen things up. Defensively, we just have to make sure we know our assignments and fly to the ball. That’s what I preach on the defensive side of the ball everybody fly to the ball.”

Medley has experience and some talented young athletes in the ranks, especially in the offensive backfield where he has everyone returning. Osiris Ross returns at quarterback, bringing with him good experience from last season.

“He took over in the middle of the season last year, and did a tremendous job for us,” Medley said.

“This off-season he has had the whole off-season dedicated to thinking like a quarterback.”

Ross has two solid runners in the backfield <a href=""></a> with him in fullback Mikyler Smalls and Saeed Buster, giving the Lions a three-pronged threat.

“Mikyler ran the ball tough for me last year,” Medley noted, “and he is back healthy this year after suffering a broken ankle in the Bluestone game last year. We have the real fast Saeed Buster running again this year, and he has gotten bigger and stronger. He was very electric, very fast last year.”

Another runner Medley is expecting good things from this season is Montreal Claiborne, a runner Medley describes as “a shifty-type of guy with good vision.”

Up front, Medley is looking at returning center Greyson Balance to anchor the offensive line.

The Lions lost a lot of their defensive starters from last season, but have a stalwart returning at defensive end in Zachariah Carter. Carter is one of four returning defensive starters for the Lions.

“He is the leader of the defense, and I might say the leader of this team,” Medley pointed out.

“He is not a man of many words, but he leads by example in practice, in the school hallway and on the playing field.”

Medley likes the mixture of experience and <a href="">Tracy Porter Jersey</a> youth he has in this year’s team.

“We’re young,” he noted.

“The more we play, the more we’ll get it.”

After today’s game, the Lions will play their next three games on the road before ending their season Oct. 4 with a home game against Laurel Park Middle School.

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