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"DeSoto County's First Organized High School Football Program" 

Established in 1926








By BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune

On arguably the hottest day of the year thus far, with heat indices eclipsing 105 degrees, eight area high schools took the field for the first DeSoto County 7-on-7 Football Shootout Thursday at the Olive Branch Soccer Fields.

In the end, the Olive Branch Conquistadors defeated DeSoto Central 24-20 to win the first tournament of its type in DeSoto County.

Seven of the eight county schools were represented in the tournament, primarily put together by DeSoto Central athletic director/coach Matt Wallace. Senatobia completed the field playing a game many football programs are embracing as a means of off-season competition and conditioning for offensive receivers, quarterbacks and the defensive secondary.

The Conqustadors had to beat the Jaguars twice to win the title, taking the first game in the championship round 20-11.

Olive Branch got to the finals through wins over Lake Cormorant and Southaven, before a loss to DeSoto Central put the Quistors into the losers' bracket. There, Olive Branch beat Southaven 27-18 to reach the final round.

DeSoto Central made the final round with victories over Lewisburg, Senatobia, and Olive Branch.

The tournament bracket seedings were determined after pool play in the morning.

Southaven and DeSoto Central went 3-0 in pool play, Senatobia and Olive Branch were 2-1 and Horn Lake, Lake Cormorant and Center Hill were 1-2.

Horn Lake coach Brad Boyette said his squad stays busy in the summer with 7-on-7 football, such as a tournament this weekend in Cape Girardeau, Mo., but was quite impressed with the first year of this event, which organizers hope can double in size next summer.

"I think it's (the game is) big for our young quarterbacks," Boyette said. "It's an opportunity for those guys to get somewhat of a game situation and can make mistakes. I'd rather they make them in 7-on-7 than Friday night in the fall. We can go do conditioning and run, but here they are in a situation where they are competing and going at a higher speed and it's better conditioning than anything we can do as a team."

Senatobia football coach Michael Fair said he was glad to have his team involved in the tournament.

"It gives us a chance to compete against some really good talent," said Fair. "We get to work on some offensive things, get our timing down and that type stuff. But, more than anything, we just get to compete and come up here against some really good football teams that are really coached well and see how we stack up against them."

Boyette said he was grateful that his team got to play in a tournament so close to home.

"I think it's awesome the sponsors, like Ortho Memphis, Memphis Barbecue Company and Strike Zone Lanes are involved in this," Boyette said. "They're investing in the kids of DeSoto County. I think this is something that's really going to be huge in the future."

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.



Photo and Article By BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune

New Olive Branch High School coach Steve Buckley gave local Rotarians a sneak peek into his playbook and the future of Conquistador football Tuesday as he talked about his team and the vision he brings to the program.

"On offense, we're going to be a no-huddle, tempo offense," Buckley, a native of Natchez said. "Defensively, I want to be as multiple as I can be. I love to blitz, I love to bring different pressure packages, so we're going to be versatile on defense."

A former assistant coach at Southern Miss and LSU, Buckley was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Olive Branch meeting at the Olive Branch Country Club.

Buckley has taken on a program that is seeking stability along with a return to state championship-caliber success after missing the MHSAA 6A playoffs the past two seasons. The Quistors finished 7-5 but missed out on the postseason in Scott Samsel's last year at the helm in 2013, followed by a 2014 campaign under Jeremy Toungett that ended 5-6 overall with another pass on the playoffs.

Buckley, who coached Petal High School to the 2011 MHSAA 6A state title game against Olive Branch, which the Quistors won 35-34, believes it's time to put the past behind and start to look forward.

"The last few years have been trying," Buckley said. "The students of Olive Branch High School deserve the support of this great community. There are good kids at this school."

A total of 138 youngsters are out for football this season, said Buckley, who recognizes that success on the field has a great impact on the school and the community, adding it's important for the city to get behind his team.

"I think Friday nights in Mississippi are special," he said. "I think Friday nights give an opportunity to bring a community together like nothing else can do. Without a supportive community, you'll never have a successful football program."

With that in mind, Buckley wants to jumpstart the season ticket program that last year sold only 120 out of 336 possible "blue seats" at Pool Field.

"When people buy blue seats, the money is in the bank before the season starts," Buckley said. "That's vital. At the last school I was at, we put $214,000 in the athletic department account before the first game. It can be done here."

Buckley is also starting a Touchdown Club booster organization with a $200 membership fee that will put past groups under one umbrella and meet Tuesday nights during the football season at the high school after practice.

The upcoming schedule for Buckley's first season will be challenging. Non-district games will include a season-opening Saturday night home contest against Brentwood Academy of suburban Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 22.

After that, a home contest against Charleston, followed by a road trip to Memphis University School on Sept. 4 and another road trip to White Station (Memphis) will set up an open date followed by the start of MHSAA 6A Region 1 district play with a home game Sept. 25 against Southaven.

In addition to the Saturday night home opener being not played on the traditional Friday night, Olive Branch will host DeSoto Central on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Buckley said he is looking forward to putting together a first-class program at Olive Branch.

"This is not about me and it's not about the last coach, or the last coach, or the last coach," Buckley said. "It's about the kids, not just the football players but the kids of Olive Branch High School. They deserve community support and they deserve school support."

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.






 August 22 (Sat)

    Brentwood Academy (TN) 

 7 PM 


 August 28


 7 PM 


 September 4 

     Memphis University School 

7 PM


 September 11 

   Memphis White Station 

 7 PM       Away

 September 18

   - - - - OPEN DATE - - - - 

 September 25

 * Southaven

 7 PM 


 October 2 

 * South Panola

 7 PM 


 October 8 (Thurs)

 * DeSoto Central

 7 PM 


 October 16

 * Horn Lake

 7 PM 


 October 23

 * Columbus

 7 PM 


 October 30 

 * Hernando

 7 PM 


 November 6

 * Tupelo

 7 PM 



 * MHSAA Region 1 - 6A Game


(For a printable version of the schedule go to the "Downloads" section at the top left side of this webpage)




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SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!  The Olive Branch School Specialty Vehicle Tags are now available for purchase at the DeSoto County Tax Collector's Office on B.J. Chain Drive off Hwy. 305 in Olive Branch.  The tag has a Conquistador school logo and swords set on a gold background on the left side along with letters "OB" on the right side of the right side and  "Olive Branch High School" is printed on the bottom.

On March 31, 2009 the Mississippi Legislature passed an amendment presented by former State Senator Merle Flowers into a conference report that will create a distinctive motor vehicle license plate for Olive Branch High School.  The tag will cost an additional thirty-one dollars, with approximately twenty-four dollars from each license plate sold going directly to the Olive Branch Football Booster Club.  

Thanks Senator Flowers and OBHS Supporters for Your Help in this Project!



The Olive Branch Football Booster Club has retained the services of Conquistador Photographer Mark Anderson again this season.  Mr. Anderson works the sidelines during OBHS games photographing Quistor players and taking action shots of the plays as they happen.

You can view and order his pictures from his website by clicking on the rotating camera to the left or at www.marksthespot.shutterfly.com   Use the following password once you scroll to the site by typing in: obhs



OBHS Brick Banner

Olive Branch High School would appreciate your donation to help with the renovation to Leslie Pool Field.  All Olive Branch High School students, alumni, Boosters, former Lettermen, parents, friends and neighbors are invited and encouraged to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Spirit Brick program will establish a "Bricked Courtyard" at the main gate into Pool Field.  Your customized Spirit Brick will be placed in the Pool Field Courtyard to become a permanent piece of OBHS legacy.  We want you to have an opportunity to commemorate a special event in someone's life, honor a friend or family member or memoralize someone special to show your Conquistador spirit.

With OBHS Spirit Bricks, you can be one of the first to forever immoralize your school spirit and show your support for Olive Branch High School and the Pool Field renovation project.  Donate a piece of history with your personalized brick and for Conquistadors past, present and future.

Click on the banner above for additional information.



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