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MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON GOLD HITS THEATERS IN JULY
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The Mississippi Sports Council has announced the upcoming release of Mississippi Gridiron Gold (MGG), a full-length documentary celebrating the history of football in the Magnolia State. Based on the popular book Gridiron Gold, MGG captures the passion of Mississippi high school football and tells the unique story of how a small state with less than three million residents has built a national reputation for titanic football.

MGG is filled with interviews from many of the legendary coaches (including current Conquistador Head Coach Scott Samsel and former OB Head Coach Leslie Pool) responsible for building the tradition of high school football success. More than 80 hours of footage collected over the last three years have been packed into the 80-minute movie.  Cost is $8.00 and tickets can purchased at the main entrance to the Performing Arts Building on the west side of the Olive Branch High School.

The movie is being shown at the Olive Branch High School Performing Arts Building (9366 East Sandidge Road):

FRIDAY, JULY 26 at 7 PM

SATURDAY, JULY 27 at 3 PM and 7 PM

SUNDAY, JULY 28 at 3 PM

Click Here for the Mississippi Gridiron Gold Website

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2013 NATIONAL COLLEGE SIGNING DAY AT OBHS

The Conquistadors signed eight football players to college scholarships on "National Signing Day" on Wednesday morning, February 6th.  The event was held on the campus of Olive Branch High School with parents, coaches and the media in attendance.  Congratulations to these fine young men and we wish you well in your future endeavors.  OBHS players that signed:

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Jamil Collins, Sam Craft and Dontrell Nelson


NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Jordan Hall, Malik Mayweather, Byrekus "Jap" Payne and Kevin Snow


PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Davion Milan (also has an offer to walk-on at the University of Memphis)

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2012 POST SEASON HONORS, SELECTIONS & AWARDS

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF COACHES (MAC) ALL-STATE TEAM
MHSAA - CLASS 6A


First Team
Alfred Dickens - Safety

Second Team
Jamil Collins - Cornerback



MHSAA ALL-REGION 1 - CLASS 6A TEAM

Most Valuable Player - Offense
Sam Craft - Quarterback

All-Region
Jamil Collins - Cornerback
Josh Cooley - Outside Linebacker
Alfred Dickens - Strong Safety
Malik Mayweather - Wide Receiver
Daivon Milan - Offensive Lineman
Dontrell Nelson - Free Safety
Byrekus "Jap" Payne - Runningback

Honorable Mention
Dontavis Bruce - Runningback
Devontae Davis - Linebacker
Javonte Hall - Defensive Lineman
Chris Phillips - Offensive Lineman
Fred Walls - Linebacker



COMMERCIAL APPEAL "Best of the Preps" - MS/AR COUNTY TEAM

Jamil Collins
Josh Cooley
Sam Craft
Alfred Dickens
Malik Mayweather
Daivon Milan
Dontrell Nelson
Byrekus "Jap" Payne
 



CLARION LEDGER ALL-STATE TEAM
(Includes both MHSAA & MAIS Schools and All Classifications)


First Team
Dontrell Nelson - Defensive Back

Second Team
Jamil Collins - Defensive Back

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2012 OBHS POST SEASON FOOTBALL BANQUET

The annual OBHS football banquet for 2012/13 was held at Olive Branch High School on Saturday night - December 8th. A sincere thanks and appreciation to the player's parents and the OBHS Football Booster Club members and officers for your hard work and effort in making this banquet a success.

The dinner was prepared by Wray's Fins & Feathers Restaurant, after the meal Head Coach Scott Samsel spoke about the 2012 season and post season honors and awards were presented to the players. The 2012 highlight film on the games played by the Conquistadors this past year were shown to conclude the night's activities. 

The following players were selected with team honors and awards for the 2012 season:

B. J. "Red" CHAIN, Sr. ACADEMIC AWARD
Zack Wier

LESLIE POOL QUISTOR AWARD
Kevin Snow

PERMANENT TEAM CO-CAPTAINS
Jamil Collins & Daivon Milan



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"B. J. Chain, Sr. Academic Award" - Zack Wier

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"2012 Permanent Team Co-Captains" - Daivon Milan & Jamil Collins

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FORMER CONQUISTADOR QUARTERBACK BARNARD WELCH PASSES AWAY
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Former Conquistador Quarterback Barnard Nichols Welch, 47, died September 16, 2012.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 18th and the Funeral Service on Wednesday, September 19th, both at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.  He leaves his wife Natalie Welch, daughters Alison Welch and Lauren Welch, son Ethan Welch, sister Diane Latham and brother Bill Welch.  Memorials may be made to The West Clinic.

Welch was a 1982 Olive Branch High School graduate that played for the Conquistador football team all four years in high school.  In the 1981 season, Barnard led OBHS to a 10-3 record in his senior year as the starting quarterback and helped to capture the Runner-up spot in the Chickasaw Conference.  As quarterback, the Conquistadors won the County Championship and defeated all other DeSoto County Schools by a combined score of 110 to 15.

The MHSAA instituted the state football playoff system in the fall of 1981 and Welch became the first Conquistador quarterback of an Olive Branch football playoff team.  The '81 OBHS squad won the Class AA District II Championship and he would then guide the Quistors through the playoffs to the North Mississippi Class AA Title game.

Barnard was selected as Honorable Mention on the All-Chickasaw Conference Team his senior season.  Welch was also the first recipient of the "Quistor Award", the annual award presented to an Olive Branch football player recognized by the coaches for the team member who demonstrates not only leadership and hard work but other character traits that lead to winning.

Please keep the Welch family in your thoughts and prayers.

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5th QUARTER SHOW - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME






The Conquistadors are Playing for the Class 6A State Championship

"I'm Goin' to Jackson"







Saturday, December 3
CONQUISTADORS ARE THE MISSISSIPPI 2011 CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPS
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The Olive Branch Conquistadors captured the 2011 Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 6A State Championship in football on Friday, December 2nd at Jackson, Mississippi's Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Olive Branch defeated the Petal Panthers in a thrilling come-from-behind victory (35-34).

(Click Here for the Clarion-Ledger Sport's Article on the Game)

(Click Here for the Commercial Appeal Sport's on the Game)

(Click Here for the DeSoto Times-Tribune Sport's Article on the Game)

(Click Here for the DeSoto Post Sport's Article on the Game)

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Saturday, April 30
FORMER QUISTOR K. J. WRIGHT DRAFTED BY THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
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Former Olive Branch Conquistador and Mississippi State Bulldog football standout K. J. Wright has been drafted by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.  K. J. was selected in the fourth round as the 99th overall pick in the National Football Association's 2011 Draft on Saturday, April 30th.  Wright was called on his cell phone and informed by NFL officials just minutes before walking on the stage to pick up his Criminology degree in graduation ceremonies at MSU.  Last season, Wright served as a team captain for the MSU Bulldogs and recorded the second highest number of tackles on the team.

Wright becomes Olive Branch's third football player to be drafted by the NFL and the first in 25 years since Jeff Walker was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the 1986 Draft.

K. J. was a 2007 Olive Branch High School graduate that played on the football and basketball teams for the Quistors.  On the OBHS football squad, he was chosen by his teammates as a Permanent Team Co-Captain and was selected by the coaching staff for the "Leslie Pool Quistor Award".

As a football player in his junior year, he was selected by The Commercial Appeal on the second team All-DeSoto County squad.  As a senior, Wright received numerous awards and honors.  He was picked by the Mississippi Association of Coaches to their All-State First Team Defense, played in the 20th annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, selected as the MHSAA Region 1-5A Defensive Player of the Year and picked by The Commercial Appeal as the #5 Most Wanted Shelby-Metro football recruit and made their Shelby-Metro All-Suburban squad.

Congratulations K. J. from obhsfootball.com, we wish you well in your professional football career!

(Click here for a SeattlePI article on K. J.)

(Click here for another SeattlePI article on K. J.)



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One of K. J.'s four quarterback sacks against the Southaven Chargers in 2006

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Wednesday, September 29
ST. JUDE TRIBUTE FUND SET UP FOR FORMER OBHS OL SHON COLEMAN
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Photo by Chris Evans

2010 Olive Branch High School graduate and former Quistor star Offensive Lineman Shon Coleman now has a St. Jude Tribute Fund set up in his honor.  Coleman was diagnosed in March, 2010 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Shon is in remission and going through chemo treatments at the hospital to make sure that his cancer remains out of his system.  This past February, he signed with Auburn University to play football for the Tigers and will be enrolling there in the spring of 2011 with hopes of participating in spring practice.

While at OBHS, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Coleman was selected as a First Team All-State Offensive Lineman by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, All-State OL by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, along with being named by the newspaper's Most Wanted College Recruit from Mississippi and picked to play in the 23rd Annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game as well as in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Shon was also honored to the Commercial Appeal newspaper's Shelby-Metro All-Suburban team and chosen to the First Team as an OL for the MHSAA All-Region 1 - Class 6A squad.  Upon completion of last year's Conquistador football season, he was selected by his fellow players as one of two OBHS Permanent Team Co-Captains for the 2009 season.

This fund has been created as a means for the Auburn Family and others to wrap it's arms around Shon and his family as they endure this battle.  The team goal is $30,000 of which over $20,000 has already been raised thus far.

(Click here to visit Shon's St. Jude Tribute Fund website)



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The Olive Branch High School Conquistador Football Website has won a webpage award.   eteamz recently selected the obhsfootball.com website as the Spotlight Site Winner for the month of January, 2008.

Since 1998, eteamz has been connecting coaches, players, families, friends and fans of teams in over 120 countries.  Their resources and customer focus have enabled them to become the Team Sports Website Leader.  eteamz is home to over 2.5 million teams worldwide.

Here at obhsfootball.com, we are very honored to have been chosen for this award and we would like to thank eteamz for its consideration and selection.  Go Conquistadors !

 




 
 

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