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 2014 OBHS VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
       

DATE

OPPONENT 

TIME

LOCATION

 August 22

 Memphis Ridgeway 

 7 PM 

 Home

 August 29

 Memphis Raleigh-Egypt 

 7 PM 

 Home

 September 5 

  Charleston 

7 PM

 Home

 September 12 

 - - - - OPEN DATE - - - - 

 September 19

   Tunica Rosa Fort 

 7 PM 

 Home

 September 26

 * Southaven

 7 PM 

 Away

 October 3 

 * South Panola

 7 PM 

 Home

 October 10

 * DeSoto Central

 7 PM 

 Away

 October 17

 * Horn Lake

 7 PM 

 Home

 October 24

 * Grenada

 7 PM 

  Home 

 October 31 

 * Hernando

 7 PM 

 Away

 November 7

 * Tupelo

 7 PM 

 Home

 

 * 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)

 
 
 
 
 


N.F.L. WILL TELL SHON COLEMAN'S STORY AS HE MAKES PICK AT DRAFT
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(Click above for Shon's video story)
By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Shon Coleman will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the first round of the NFL Draft, not as the next player selected, but as advocate for a cause he believes in.

The Auburn offensive lineman will represent St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the hospital that came to his aid when he was diagnosed with cancer after signing with the Tigers in 2010. He'll announce a selection for a team, he's not sure which, as the nation hears his story on how he beat cancer and is now a contender for a starting job with Auburn this fall. At his side will be his mother, De Keishia Tunstall.

A team from St. Jude's spent Sunday with him as went through graduation ceremonies at Auburn. Next, St. Jude's will be with him in New York.

"It should be a great experience going up there and meeting new people," Coleman said.

One person in New York won't need an introduction. That's Greg Robinson, the player Coleman backed up last season. Followers of the draft say Robinson could be a Top 3 pick.

"It'll be fun going up there and seeing him get picked. That's a big deal for me," Coleman said.

Coleman would like to hear his name called next year. This year, it's about St. Jude's.

"For them to give me this opportunity is a blessing. It's very exciting. People are going to see my story."

This is Coleman's well-documented story: He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a month after signing with Auburn. He went through chemotherapy following St. Jude's plan. Auburn never gave up on him, promising from the moment he was diagnosed with cancer that he'd always have a scholarship with Auburn whether he played or not.

He would. After signing in 2010, Coleman was cleared for football in the spring of 2012. He practiced, built up his strength, but didn't play that season. But he did play last year and will be competing for a starting role this fall.

Coach Gus Malzahn saw Coleman's improvement last year and talked about during this year's spring practice.

"You could see he got better and better in the spring," Malzahn said. "And once we got to fall, you could tell he was starting to get his strength back. He did a solid job for us when he got in last year. Now, he's fighting for a starting position. You can see the urgency's there. He definitely looks like the guy that we recruited four years ago when he was healthy."



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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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)



obhsfootball.com WEBSITE WINS ETEAMZ SPOTLIGHT SITE TROPHY AWARD
Spotlight Site Trophy

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 !

 



Tuesday, December 6
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP APPAREL TO BE SOLD

State championship apparel will be sold at the Olive Branch High School office beginning Wednesday, December 7th.  For orders made by Wednesday, December 14th, delivery is expected to be made on Wednesday, December 21st (from 2 PM to 7 PM).

You may order after Wednesday, December 14th but these orders will not be available by Christmas.  Check with Mrs. Wilson at the Olive Branch High School office when placing orders.  (You will be required to pay for the items that you order when placing the order).

Apparel to be sold includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, pullovers, footballs and hats.




 
 

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