The 2013 Booneville football team was relatively healthy all season. Bearcat head coach says that will need to be the case again for a high level of success this year.
Consequently, he is again paying close attention to injuries. Last week seniors Cole Inklebarger and Kasey Franklin were seen for collar bone and foot issues.
"With the number of kids we’ve got, if we lose any it makes it tough," said Hyatt.
Inklebarger, a halfback/defensive end, returned to practice after being examined. Franklin, a senior tight end/nose guard wore a boot and sat out a couple of practices and, Hyatt said, would not be dressing out when the team made a trip to Springdale to scrimmage Springdale and Shiloh Christian.
That left 40 players in uniform as the roster has been trimmed by three dismissals or defections since the beginning of fall camp.
Hyatt has stated this fall he doesn’t feel like he’s alone.
"Numbers are down everywhere," he said. "I was talking to Shane Patrick (at scrimmage opponent Springdale), he said they usually run about 90 and they’re running about 70.
Every bit as much as the injury count, Hyatt has his eye on the progress of the field at Bearcat Stadium. Sprigged with grass in early July the turf has progressed, but is not uniformly in game shape.
"Places are ready to go, and others are not," the coach said Friday after a mowing session that was followed by loading the distributor with over 500 pounds of potash urea fertilizer for its next treatment.
Hyatt insists he is not worried about the field being ready for the season.
However, on Monday, high school principal, Trent Goff announced the Booneville Junior High season opener has been moved to Ozark