Coach Essary: The 1-0 Hornets get ready for the Fairfield Eagles

September 5, 2017
Athens Coach Paul Essary talks about beating Mexia and getting ready for Fairfield.
Main Points
- The defense came up huge in the win over Mexia.
- The importance of special teams.
- Athens is 1-0 and Fairfield is 0-1.
- Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bruce Field.
- Police, firefighters, EMTs, first responders and military personnel in uniform will be admitted free for Civil Service Night.
Quotable: Re: Civil Service Night ... "They put their lives on the line every day for us and Athens ISD, Athens Hornets football and Coach Paul Essary appreciates what they do. My hat is off to them."

Coach Smiley: Getting ready for No. 7 Navarro

August 31, 2017
TVCC Coach Brad Smiley talks about last week's win against Pima and looks ahead to Navarro. (8-30)
  • Tempo and the intensity of SWJCFC leads to big win over Pima.
  • Defense plays very well in opening win.
  • No 4 TVCC will travel to Corsicana to play No. 7 Navarro Saturday. Kickoff at 7 p.m.
QUOTABLE: "We know their coaches, they know us. We know their personnel, they know ours. We recruited most of the same kids. It makes it a lot of fun. It makes it an intriguing match up."

Coach Essary: Athens gets ready to open stadium against Mexia

August 30, 2017
Athens Coach Paul Essary talks about opening week of the season and the Mexia Black Cats. (8-30)
  • The Hornets will open up their 2017 season at home against Mexia 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.
  • This will be the first Athens game played at the new Bruce Field.
  • The Hornets will be unveiling their new-look offense.
  • Athens needs to improve on its techniques.
QUOTABLE: "This is the first time that any team at Athens High School will be able to open up a brand-new field house for probably the next 40 years. You don't get a second chance on this, you'll remember this the rest of your life."

Coach Smiley: Getting ready for Pima Community College

August 24, 2017
Trinity Valley Community College Coach Brad Smiley talks about season opener against Pima Community College. (8-24)
  • The Battle in the Valley sponsored by Paul Benson and Virtual Communications Specialists.
  • Game is 5 p.m. Saturday at Bruce  Field.
  • This is like opening the season with a bowl game.
  • Pima has a good team and Saturday should be a great game.
QUOTABLE: "It's a really neat deal for all of junior college football. The NJCAA loves it."

Coach Driskell: Second week scrimmage against Sunnyvale

August 23, 2017
Interview with Malakoff High School Coach Jamie Driskell. (8-23)
  • Review from last week's scrimmage against Kerens.
  • The "dog days" of summer have arrived.
  • Senior class may be small in numbers, but big on leadership.
  • Ready to get into the normal flow of the football season.
QUOTABLE: "It's that week where everybody is ready to get it over with, because you're ready to game plan. The kids are really ready to get in the routine of things. We're not in the routine of our game plan yet."

Update on Athens ISD construction

August 23, 2017
Interview with Athens Independent School District Communications Coordinator Toni Garrard Clay.
  • Athens ISD construction is on schedule and on budget.
  • Construction is mostly complete at all campuses except for the high school.
QUOTABLE: "We are on schedule and on budget. That is very important to us."
FURTHER READING: Here is Clay's story on the school district construction.

Coach Essary: Looking forward to Greenville and Meet the Hornets

August 22, 2017
PODCAST: Interview with Athens High School Athletic Director and Coach Paul Essary. (8-22)
  • Review Friday, Aug. 18, scrimmage against Royse City.
  • Look forward to this Friday's home scrimmage against Greenville.
  • Meet the Hornets scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Bruce Field.
QUOTABLE: "We were young last year and we're young again. People ask how are you young two years in a row? Because we were playing with a lot of sophomores and freshmen last year. This year, they're juniors and sophomores, and we do have a freshman that is starting for us again this year."

Athens Middle School students experience solar eclipse

August 21, 2017
SUBJECT: Interview with Athens Middle School Principal Jennifer Risinger about students studying the solar eclipse. (8-21)
  • Ties directly to some of the things 8th graders will be tested on this year.
  • Students are excited.
  • It's a rare experience
QUOTABLE: "NASA and a lot of people have put out some great resources tying this event directly to our curriculum.

TVCC Cardinals — Coach Smiley after Wednesday practice

August 16, 2017

Michael V. Hannigan spoke with Coach Smiley as practice wrapped up Wednesday and talked about the Cardinals' preseason ranking and the coach taking some snaps at quarterback today.


Malakoff Tigers — Week of Kerens scrimmage

August 16, 2017

Michael V. Hannigan visited with Coach Driskell to talk about the first couple of weeks of practice and the Tigers' preparation for the scrimmage against Kerens Friday, Aug. 18.