W is for Whitfield: Each Friday, pick up a copy of The Daily Citizen and read sports writer Chris Whitfield’s prep pigskin prognostications for each game involving a local team in only a way that he can deliver. Whether you love him, hate him, laugh at him or send him Kool-Aid, his Friday picks column is a must-read for any prep football fan. This ‘W’ also applies to other words, including: wisdom, winner and ... wait, are we talking about the same guy, now?
X is for Xylophone: Our local schools’ marching bands may not have this instrument, but here’s a shoutout to the musical entertainment. It wouldn’t be high school football without the team’s band helping celebrate each touchdown and playing the fight song after the game.
Y is for Youth: North Murray lost the most starters from a year ago to graduation, and only returns five starters total from a season ago. For coach David Gann, this will be as good a season as any to test some of the sophomores and juniors in the program. That includes junior Hinton McConkey. The quarterback is shouldered with the responsibility of replacing Brady Swilling, who rushed and passed for 1,500 yards last year.
Z is for Zek: The freshman at Dalton has arguably the best name in the area. First name “Zek,” last name “Cobb,” he’s a quarterback with athleticism and could see time on the field this season for the Catamounts. Even if he doesn’t make a huge impact, the name “Zek” is still a good one, and we’re hoping he’ll stay in the area for the duration of his high school season. Then again, most names starting with the last letter of the alphabet are good ones.