ENGLAND: Lions feeding off of '12 success

Conference: 6-2A
Coach: Terry Farmer
’12 Record: 7-4 (5-2)

The Lions recorded their best season in years in 2012, finishing 7-4 under new head coach Terry Farmer and placing third in the 6-2A. England lost its season opener, and then rattled off seven straight wins. The Lions’ toughest win came in Week 3 against Yellville-Summit, 12-7.

“We learned how to win under adversity,” Farmer said. “We learned that we could overcome and win a big game.”

Junior quarterback Tyrik Harris returns to lead the Lions’ offense. Senior Lawrence Tatum is a bruising running back, while classmate Cameron Thrasher gives England speed at the position.

Junior Monte Toney leads the England defense at middle linebacker. Thrasher and junior Darron Delaney man the defensive end spots. Harris also headlines the secondary at free safety.

“Our strengths would be skilled players,” Farmer said. “Weaknesses would be not enough linemen. We’re really young, so our expectation is to just keep getting better every week.

“We’re probably a fourth- or fifth-place team in our district fighting for a playoff spot.”

Sept. 6        Hackett
Sept. 13    at Episcopal
Sept. 20    Yellville-Summit
Sept. 27    at Brinkley
Oct. 4        Palestine-Wheatley
Oct. 11        Marvell
Oct. 18        at Des Arc
Oct. 25        Clarendon
Nov. 1        at Hazen
Nov. 8        Carlisle