TRADITION - CLASS - PRIDE
"DeSoto County's First Organized High School Football Program"
Established in 1926
NOVEMBER 10th (1st Round Class 5A Playoffs) GAME RESULT
Olive Branch 21, Vicksburg 6
CONQUISTADOR'S LOVETT CHOSEN FOR 2017 'DANDY DOZEN'
Olive Branch High School Defensive End Fabien Lovett has been selected by the Capital City's Clarion-Ledger newspaper for their 'Dandy Dozen' team for the 2017 season. Since 1989, the C-L has been picking what is considered the top twelve prep football players from around the state after conducting interviews with high school coaches and college recruiters.
Lovett is the eighth player overall from Olive Branch to ever be selected to this prestigious squad. Almost two decades ago the Clarion-Ledger chose Quistor Offensive Lineman James Campbell before the start of the 1999 season as the first OBHS football player to be so honored.
In addition to Lovett and Campbell, Wide Receiver D'Arthur Cowan was selected in 2011, Offensive Lineman Damien Robinson was picked in 2009, Defensive Back Rod Woodson was chosen in 2008 and Quarterback Anthony Summers, Wide Receiver Markeith Summers and Defensive Back Allen Walker were 2005 selections.
Congratulations Fabien and www.obhsfootball.com would like to thank the Clarion-Ledger's sports staff for this consideration.
TURNER CHARGED WITH TURNING AROUND QUISTOR FOOTBALL
Photo and Story by BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune
June 13, 2017
New Olive Branch High School football coach Tyler Turner has a bit of advice for football fans watching his team in action this fall: Don’t go for the popcorn once the Quistors get the ball. You’re going to miss a lot.
“Offensively, we’re going to be a no-huddle, up-tempo spread offense and we’re trying to snap the ball after just two seconds gone on the play clock,” Turner said Tuesday. “We’re going to use every bit of speed on our team to our advantage and speed is not going to be an issue here at Olive Branch.”
Turner, introduced to the DeSoto County Board of Education after the board formally approved his hiring in a special session before a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon, added the players on the other side of the ball won’t play nice with their opponents.
“Defensively, we’re going to have 11 guys get to the football on every play in a bad mood,” Turner said. “We’re going to play faster than any defensive team in the state of Mississippi.”
Those were some bold predictions from Turner, the same coach who turned Liberty Tech Magnet (Jackson, Tenn.) into a state challenger in just two short seasons, who now faces the same challenge in turning around the fortunes of a tradition-rich Quistor program that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Turner has also been an assistant coach at Wynne, Ark., where his teams enjoyed similar success there.
“We went 25-4 in my two years there (Liberty Tech), the first undefeated regular season in school history when I was there,” Turner said. “We went 13-1 and lost to a big private school in Tennessee. We actually had a rematch with that same private school in the state semifinals and beat them, but then lost to 15-time state champion Alcoa in the finals.”
The “big private school” was Christ Presbyterian Academy of Nashville, which Liberty Tech lost 21-0 to in the TSSAA Class 3A semifinals in 2015. Last season, Liberty Tech avenged the loss with a 33-20 victory in the semifinals before running into Alcoa 45-12 in the BlueCross Bowl state finals at Cookeville, Tenn.
Meanwhile, the Quistors suffered through a winless 2016 campaign, a far cry from its undefeated 2011 MHSAA 6A state championship team under since-departed coach Scott Samsel, whose controversial firing by then-principal Allyson Killough after the 2013 season started the recent problems with keeping coaches in Olive Branch and subsequently winning games.
Three others, including last year’s coach Pete Hurt, were either relieved of their duties, or in the case of Steve Buckley, left after one season for another job.
“I did some research on it, but it didn’t concern me at all,” Turner said. “At Olive Branch, the expectations are high, so you’ve got to win and I know that. But, that’s what excites me about it and I also know that you can win here.”
New school Principal Jacob Stripling said a search committee was formed after Hurt was released as coach earlier this spring. The group culled “an almost-nationwide search,” as he put it, down to what was considered the top seven-to-eight candidates left in the entire region and the final choice was his decision.
“After I sat down and interviewed everyone that was left, he was the guy,” Stripling said. “When I met with the candidates, I stressed to them that I needed someone who was going to come in and be loyal to the community and loyal to the players for years to come.”
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.
STRIPLING NAMED NEW OBHS PRINCIPAL
Photo and Story by BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune
June 6, 2017
DeSoto County Schools Monday announced at its regular school board meeting new administrative assignments as the district moves closer to having all of its principal positions filled for the new school year.
The most notable move came from Olive Branch High School, where principal Allyson Killough leaves to become the next principal at Career Tech Center-West in Horn Lake.
In her place, the district approved the appointment of Jacob Stripling as Olive Branch High School principal.
Killough has led Olive Branch High for four years and Supt. Cory Uselton said in a release that she will be a great fit in the job of leading career education at the new Horn Lake center.
“Allyson Killough has been a strong instructional leader at Olive Branch High School and she is moving to a critical role as principal of Career Technical Center West,” Uselton said. “Our school district is a leader in career technical education and she is a perfect fit as we continue to enhance this program. We are excited to see what she will accomplish in her new role.”
Stripling has led Center Hill Middle School the past three years to become one of the top middle schools in Mississippi. He has also served the district as assistant principal at Hernando High School and Horn Lake Middle School.
“Center Hill Middle School has been one of the highest-performing middle schools in the state during Jacob Stripling’s tenure as principal, “Uselton said. “He will bring strong leadership skills to his new role as principal of Olive Branch High School. He is excited about being a part of the pride and tradition of Olive Branch High School and he looks forward to working with the Olive Branch students, teachers, community and alumni base.”
Stripling, introduced at Monday night’s board meeting, said he was ready to hit the ground running.
“I have a notebook of things here,” Stripling said, gesturing to material he was carrying in his arm. “I’ve got some homework to do tonight.”
The new leader for Olive Branch High School enters the new position with more than just academic decisions to make, however. He must help fill the current head coaching vacancy in the Conquistadors’ football program, which Killough recently opened again with the dismissal of Pete Hurt as head coach after a winless 2016 season.
Killough had to deal with four years of new football coaches during each year of her tenure, which began with the dismissal of Scott Samsel in what became a public dispute between the two that led to a lawsuit that has now been settled.
Samsel assistant Jeremy Toungett was similarly let go after a year as head coach and Steve Buckley was brought in and coached a year before resigning to lead the program at Jones County Junior College. Hurt was hired before the last school year began and released from his coaching duties earlier this spring.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.
OBHS SPECIALTY VEHICLE TAGS NOW AVAILABLE AT TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE
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!
MARKS THE SPOT ACTION SHOTS OF CONQUISTADOR GAMES
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 SPIRIT BRICKS TO PAVE WAY INTO RENOVATED POOL FIELD
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.
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