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Hawks soar into season with new head coach, new division

Myrtle went 7-1 in 2018 as an independent.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 9:30 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 10:04 PM

MYRTLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Myrtle High School's first varsity season of football couldn't have gone much better.

The Hawks went 7-1 in 2018 while playing an independent schedule.

Fast forward to 2019, and Myrtle has a new head coach. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Smithey was promoted after Justin Hollis was named principal at Nettleton.

Smithey is no stranger to building programs - he was previously an assistant at East Union.

Myrtle has just 30 players, including four seniors, on the roster, but most of last year's starters.

The Hawks join Division 1-1A this season and open Friday at Vardaman.

"It was a big confidence boost for the majority of these kids," Smithey said. "I just don't want it to be too much, to build a lot of cockiness in them - yeah, it was good to have the season you had, but we're not playing that same schedule anymore.

"Division play is just a whole different world from where we've been in the past."

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