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Holt takes over at Morrow

By Anthony Rhoads

It's been a while since the Morrow Mustangs have had a winning season in football.

The last time the Mustangs have had a winning season was in 1998 when the team went 10-2.

Kennedy Holt, who has been named the new head coach, wants to reverse the team's fortunes and return the program back to the prominence it once had in the 1980s and 1990s.

"I'm delighted," Holt said. "We have a lot to overcome but it's nothing we can't overcome. We're going to try to put this back on the pedestal and try to put it back to the Morrow of yesteryear."

Holt, who has spent the last three years at Forest Park Middle School, said keys to turning the program around are discipline and conditioning.

"It's a matter of them seeing football in a different light and building mental and physical toughness," Holt said.

Holt is familiar with discipline as he spent 20 years in the Army before coaching and teaching at Forest Park Middle. He also spent some time as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M.

Holt replaces Dorwyn Lyles, who was head coach at Morrow for two years. Morrow went 2-8 in 2003 with wins over Henry County and Stockbridge.

Last year, Morrow beat Forest Park 12-6 to open the season but lost its next nine games to finish at 1-9.

Morrow player wins award: Dexter Scott, a junior defensive lineman/linebacker for the Morrow Mustangs football team, was named the Most Valuable Player of the NFL Offense-Defense Football Camp hosted by Keith Brooking from June 26-30.