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McNairy Central announces new head coach
McNairy Central announces new head coach

McNairy Central will introduce their new football coach on Thursday at the Gridiron Association meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the MCHS Commons. An excited group of Bobcats fans will be on hand to welcome new coach Chad Hodge to the Blue Nation. 

McNairy County Director of Schools John Prince said there 20 high quality coaches that applied for the position. There were five finalists interviewed last Monday and the decision was announced last Tuesday. 

Hodge, was most recently the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dresden Lions. He hails from Bruceton where he played under coach Rod Sturdivant. Hodge has 13 years of experience coaching football, and his tenure includes stops at Henry County High School and Dresden. While at Henry County, Hodge served as assistant head coach under Joe Gaddis, one of the premier head coaches in Tennessee. Coach Hodge’s overall record as a coordinator is 90-27, while winning 18 of 27 playoff games. 

Coach Hodge was an assistant at Dresden under his brother Keith Hodge, who left Dresden after this past season to become head coach at Murray High in Kentucky. 

The new head coach is ready to go to work for the Bobcats and begin getting ready for the 2014 season. 

“Chad displays the passion, work ethic and drive that we want for the football program at McNairy Central,” commented Prince. “He has coached at two programs that were in low spots when he got there and helped them become shining spots in West Tennessee football.” 

Charlie Dampeer was told last month that his contract was not going to be renewed for next year. The Bobcats were 3-7 last season and 5-15 in Dampeer’s two seasons as coach of the Bobcats. 

“We wish Coach Dampeer the best in his next endeavor,” said Prince. “We felt the football program at McNairy Central needed a new sense of urgency and that tone has to be set by the head coach.” 

The Bobcats new coach will have to reverse a program that has posted five straight losing seasons. McNairy last had a winning season in 2008. 

Lady Cats slide past Lady Tigers on Senior night
Lady Cats slide past Lady Tigers on Senior night

The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats ended the regular season well with a big win against the Bolivar Lady Tigers on Senior night. 

McNairy Central 7 

Bolivar Central 0 

The Lady Bobcats faced off against the Lady Tigers on their senior night, and it was a pitcher’s duel from the very beginning. 

Kelly Beth Ernest got the call to the circle for the Lady Bobcats once again, and she pitched another great game for the Lady Cats. 

Ernest was able to keep the Lady Tigers off balance for the length of the game, and was able to record four strikeouts while only allowing four hits. 

Although Ernest was pitching well, the Lady Bobcats were having troubles getting the bats to come together. 

Fortunately for the Lady Cats, that did not last the entire game. 

As the bottom of the sixth inning came around, the Lady Cats exploded on offense, and they were able to push seven runs across taking a huge lead over the Lady Tigers. 

Moving into the top of the seventh inning, Ernest kept up her good work on the mound and she was able to shut the Lady Tigers down. 

The Lady Cats took home the big win on Senior night, and they were looking to carry the momentum on into the district tournament. 

Storms slam south
Storms slam south

It appears that McNairy County dodged a bullet early this week as a strong series of storms moved through McNairy County beginning last Sunday night and extending into Tuesday. 

As of press time the storms had spawned more than 106 tornados and claimed more than 28 lives in several states. 

The storms began west of the Mississippi River on Sunday as 30 tornados struck in several western states claiming more 16 lives. As the storms moved into Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, another round of 58 tornados brought destruction to those states including a mile-wide tornado which struck the commercial district of Tupelo, Miss. near the city’s mall. The shopping area, popular with McNairy County shoppers, on Tupelo’s northern edge sustained severe damage. Several popular restaurants, stores and hotels were completely destroyed in the storm. 

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