Notebook Preview: Vardaman (0-2) at Falkner (3-0)

Vardaman coach Justin Hollis

Vardaman didn’t turn the ball over in a physical jamboree against Water Valley but had the turnover bug the next two weeks.

“Our biggest thing is ball security. We were really awful in turning the ball over in the first two games. We can’t do that. And we’ve got to keep our swagger up. Injuries happen in football. In the second half in Bruce we buckled down. At halftime I challenged their pride a little bit and they answered the bell in the second half. We got better in the second half of the Bruce game.”

On coaching against friend second-year Falkner coach Ben Ashley. The two coached together two seasons at Amory:

“I hate playing against my friends. It’s just the way I’ve been built. It was really hard last year (35-22 Vardaman). You’re excited for your kids but one of your better friends is hurting over there. They’ve got a lot of talent. I watched them last Friday. Ben is a great coach. I knew he just needed a chance to be a head coach.”

2011 Game

Falkner gave up 21 points off turnovers at Vardaman last season and was in position to take a halftime lead but went into the break trailing 21-6. Ashley wants to keep his offense on the field as long as possible to keep Vardaman’s potentially high octane one on the sideline.

Ashley on fast start

“Starting out 3-0 is nice but it’s just momentum as far as the playoffs are concerned. Now the real season begins.” 

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