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Lions celebrating positives this season

SoVaNow.com / September 04, 2017
Halifax County Middle School football has some positives to celebrate this season.

The Lions have an enthusiastic coach in LeVar Medley, and the football staff are making a more concise effort to stay on the same page as the varsity this year.

The middle school football team strengths this year will be at the skill positions offensively, according to Medley.

The returning quarterback is Osiris Ross, returning for his eighth grade year. Halifax also welcomes the return of fullback and running back, Mikyler Smalls and Shaheed Buster.

“They were my one-two punch last year and they did a great job for me,” said Medley.

Medley welcomes the return of tight end and defensive end, Zachariah Carter. “He is the leader of the defense and really the leader of the whole team. He is an example of how you want your student athlete to be,” said Medley.

Medley said his goal for the season is to make the Lion team better at the end of the year, compared to the start of the season. Of course, Medley wants to win, too.

There are several performers to watch on special teams, including Buster, who is returning punts and kicks. Semaj Jeffress will contribute as well.

The line leaders include Grayson Ballance, who will help stabilize the line at center. He will also play defensive end.

Young offensive guard Drew Duffey should be a player to watch. He worked out in off-season training with the varsity and jayvee squads.

Another young Lion to watch is Kamari Lacks, regarded as an up and coming sixth grader.

The Lions start the season against Franklin County at home.

“Our strengths this year will be our offense because that’s where the most returning guys are coming back.

“We will be young and talented up front, but I think once they learn and get use to the competition level they will end up okay. Another weakness will be on the defensive side of the ball. I have replaced a lot of starters from last year with some new faces in key spots this year. My coaching staff will be evaluating each practice and each game to make sure we are putting the right people in the correct spots,” said Medley.





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