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New Coaches to Make Debut

Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Shannon Allen

New coaches to make debuts


Published August 27, 2009

The wait is almost over for Joel Poole, who became Albertville’s head football coach in February.

The Aggies will play host to Class 4A Ashville on Friday at 7 p.m. in the opening game of the Poole era.

“It’s why I came here,” said Poole, who won Class 5A, Region 7 coach of the year honors at Madison County in 2008.

“I hope we can rise to the occasion. It seems like we practiced forever and then played a jamboree. Now we get to get out there and put it all together on the field, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Friday’s game will also mark the debut of new Ashville coach James “Bubba” Walls, who took over a program that finished 0-10 in 2008.

“I don’t know that much about them,” Poole said of the Bulldogs.

“They graduated a good many players, but they have a bunch of good looking athletes. They play in the toughest, or one of the toughest, 4A regions in the state.

“Coach Walls has a good reputation, and it’s going to be a major challenge for us. I’m not looking forward to opening up with them.”

The new Aggie boss points to conditioning, turnovers and mistakes as three factors that will make an impact on Friday’s outcome.

“Mistakes in the early part of the season are going to be huge — mental, physical and on special teams,” he said.

“A big thing will be turnovers, and we can’t have any.

“I hope our conditioning gets us to the end of the game and we finish the game.

“Overall, both teams are kind of going into it blind, and I guess that makes it even.”

Poole said a key for the Aggies is establishing consistency on offense.

“Our offense has been sputtering, and I hope we pick it up and continue to improve,” he said.

“I hope our defense plays good enough in the first few games to let our offense get on its feet.”

Quarterback Michael Reeves and wide receivers Dareon Thompson, T.J. Vines and T.J. Pams have been offensive leaders in the preseason.

“Michael Reeves has had a good fall camp,” Poole said.

“I’ve been real pleased with the offensive line. They’ve improved a pretty good bit, but it all kind of remains to be seen against the region we play in.”

Mikey Hood, Addison Powell and Taylor Hawkins have led the Aggie defense in the preseason.

“Mikey Hood, Addison Powell and Taylor Hawkins have played hard and done everything right, and I hope they continue to do so,” Poole said. “I’ve been pretty pleased with them.”

Aggies to recognize Pell on Friday

The Albertville football program will recognize the late Charley Pell in a pre-game ceremony before Friday’s season opener against Ashville. Pell, a 1959 graduate of AHS, was a three-year starter at Alabama and went on to a successful coaching career. He was inducted into the charter class of the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Pell’s widow, Ward, along with their son and grandson, will serve as honorary captains for the Aggies.

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