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Burton named Jags’ coach
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
May 22, 2014 | 217 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NORTH CARROLLTON -- As an assistant last year, Ben Burton was known as a hands on coach and a brilliant teacher in the classroom. Starting in the fall he will get his shot as head coach.

Burton was named head coach of the J.Z. George Jaguars last week, replacing the departing Joey Tompkins, who leaves for Winona.

“I’ve been in a lot of places, but you can’t ask for better kids than the ones we have here at J.Z. George,” Burton said.

The 27-year-old is in his second go around with the Jaguars program, spending a season with the football team in 2009 and again last season.

For the upcoming season, Burton said he had high hopes for the football team who played stellar spring games against 3A Water Valley and 2A powerhouse Eupora. Burton said strength will be the key for the team, and with a strong summer things will fall in place.

“In the spring game, we played good on offense in one game and we played well on defense in the other,” Burton said. “We were only scored on once in each of those games. The goal for us is to continue to build up our strength.”

Burton, who is originally from Weir, played football for a season at Holmes Community College before moving to Mississippi State.

Burton spoke about the foundation that was laid by Tompkins and said he wanted to continue the progress they made last season winning four key games to make the postseason.

The Jaguars finished the 2013 campaign at 4-7, but 3-2 in district play. The Jaguars made the 2A playoffs and faced Calhoun City.

“I see us competing this year,” Burton said. “I’m really excited about this year.”

The Jaguars open the 2014 season with an Aug. 22 game against Winona Christian.

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