Billies CB likely out for season

Monticello starting cornerback Hunter Lawson was likely lost for the season after suffering a broken leg during practice Thursday, August 13, at MHS.

MHS coach Van Paschal said Lawson was attempting to make a tackle when his right leg was "rolled up," which is footballspeak for one player falling onto another's leg from behind and "rolling" up it.

"It happens sometimes," Paschal said. "It's not something you talk about a lot."

Lawson broke both bones in his lower leg and was transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He underwent surgery Friday, August 14, Paschal said.

Lawson, a senior, started as a sophomore and saw significant playing time last season despite being slowed by a broken scapula that forced him to miss the opener against Vilonia.

This injury is more severe, however. Paschal said a return to the field is unlikely, though he wouldn't rule it out entirely. Should the Billies make a deep run into the playoffs they could still be playing well into November, possibly early December.

"You never know how a young athlete is going to heal up," Paschal said. "I didn't get that from the doctor, but you never know."

The coach said his team had an otherwise good week of practice, though the grind of working in the August heat began to take its toll.

"There were a couple of days where we weren't as sharp as I'd like to be," he said. "But, all in all, another better-than-average week."

<strong>Billies in The Rock</strong>

Members of the MHS football team will be in Little Rock on Thursday, August 20, for the Simmons First/hootens.com Kickoff Week news conference, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Simmons First Bank branch located at 14200 Highway 10.

Paschal said he plans to bring all his seniors to the event. Footage will be aired on KTHV.

<strong>Blue-White games Friday</strong>

Monticello's annual Blue-White games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, August 21, at Hyatt Field. The Jr. Billies will take the field first, with the Sr. Billies to follow.

As usual, Paschal is requesting OxyClean and washing powder as the price of admission, but the team could also use towels and bar soap, he said.

"I'm amazed at how much of that stuff we get every year," he said. "And we use every bit of it."

<strong>Time change for Dumas game</strong>

Paschal's team will also scrimmage Monday, August 24, at Dumas. Kickoff was originally set for 6 p.m. but has been moved to 7 p.m.

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