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Turf installation begins at Warrior Stadium II
by H. Lee Smith II
Jul 26, 2014 | 11 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Deuce is getting spruced.

Workers began installing the synthetic playing surface on Friday in preparation for the 21st season opener at Warrior Stadium II.

Corinth will kickoff its 102nd football season on Aug. 22 against county rival Kossuth.

“I’m extremely excited,” said third-year CHS Head Coach Doug Jones. “It will really give us a practice advantage, because after an afternoon storm passes, we can go right out an practice.”

The move from natural to artificial turf will aide more than just the high school football program. Corinth’s soccer teams, the middle school football squads and band also call the stadium home.

“When it was built, it was initially used for high school football only, but we know that over the course of time, it has now been used for middle school football and it has been used for girls’ and boys’ soccer,” Corinth superintendent Lee Childress said earlier this year.

Upkeep also played a role in switching surfaces. Mowing, painting and watering -- the district spent $1,000 to $1,500 watering the field in the summer months -- are no longer needed.

“It wasn’t fair to the soccer program,” said Jones. “They had to play on dead grass and mud, so this will really help them.

“It’s as close to a replica of grass that you can get and it’s made for everyday use.”

Practice for the 2014 season begins Monday, Aug. 4 for all Mississippi High School Activities Association institutions. Tentative plans have the field being ready for use on Aug. 8.

“I’m not expecting to use it before Aug. 22,” said Jones. “I’m not worried about practicing on it, because we’ve played in the jamboree at Ole Miss the last two years without practicing on turf.”

Corinth will host its annual Black & Red scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. If the field isn’t ready, the event will be held on the practice field.

“We had to move it to the practice field last year after it rained,” said Jones.

Plans also call for the resurfacing of the tennis courts and track. Work on the track, which will not be widened to eight lanes due to logistical issues, will wait until the field is finished.

Corinth will play in the Oxford/Ole Miss Fall Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 16. The Warriors will face Water Valley at 6 p.m.

The Warriors will quickly get adjusted to playing on turf with Ole Miss the first of four consecutive contests. Home games against Kossuth and Lewisburg are sandwiched around a trip to Lafayette County, which added the surface last season.
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