Westwood’s football program has had to make a head coaching change due to budget cuts at the small Memphis school. The school lost several teachers and coaches in the past several weeks including former head coach Reginald Matthews.
Matthews was hired last January and coached the Longhorns for the first four games including their lone win (1-8), a 12-0 triumph over winless Oakhaven in week three before being replaced by interim coach L.P. Jones, the following week. The Longhorns are 0-5 under Jones and have been outscored 278- 32 (55.6-6.4) going into the final regular season game.
“It was nothing to do with Coach Matthews coaching ability,” new Westwood principal Julia Callaway said. “He wasn’t certified to be a full time teacher and because of that, the school system had to make cuts and he was one that unfortunately had to leave.” “We are a small school and coach L.P. Jones is the interim coach and we have all hands on deck to help with the football program.”
Despite their 1-8 overall record, the Longhorns will make the Class 2A playoffs because of Mitchell (5-4) having to serve a one year playoff ban for a fight against Hillcrest last season. Westwood will be the three seed from region 8-2A. Callaway would not comment on whet ether or not, Jones would be the permanent head coach for the Longhorns in 2016 or the job would be opened up after the season.
Westwood is the second job joining Giles County to make a coaching change as the Bobcats named Scott Blair as their interim head coach after Walt Smith was forced to resign.
Hillwood Removes Interim Tag From Kurt Page
Hillwood is one win away from the best season they have had in over a decade and because of that the interim tag has been removed from Kurt Page’s title with the Hilltoppers.
Page was hired as the Hilltopper offensive coordinator during the off season but was elevated to interim head coach after Taylor Burks resigned in early June to become the linebackers coach at Oakland.
Burks has helped the Patriots to an 8-1 record and No. 2 ranking in Class 6A, while Page has the Hilltoppers to a 4-5 going into their week 11 region 6-4A tilt with Montgomery Central on Friday.
With a win, Hillwood would be the three seed from region 6-4A for the playoffs and would be making their first playoff appearance since 2004 when they made the 4A Quarterfinals and posted a 12-1 record.
Page is in his 19th year as a head coach with previous coaching stops at BGA (1989-1993), Father Ryan (1994-2001) and Monsignor Donovan (GA) (2013-14) and has a 126-79 overall record. He led his Alma mater Father Ryan to the Division II-AA state title in 1997.
Our Hillwood players have bought in to our “629 Brand” for the 2015 season so far and I’m really thankful for that,” Page said. “It’s exciting that we have a very meaningful upcoming region game at Montgomery Central as a play in game for the State Playoffs.”
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