High School Football Preview: The Houston County Lions

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Columbia, Ala (WDHN) — Last season, Houston County just went 1-9 with their sole win coming against Barbour County who has not won a game in six seasons.

But their is hope for the Lions as they have brought in Chip Harris who once coached the Lions from 1997 to 2002.

The reason for hope? Harris led the Lions to their most winningest regular season in 2001 going a perfect 10-0.

“The first time I was there, it was a very fun part of my career. A lot of the same people are still there in the administration,” Harris said when asked why he made the move back. “Houston County is a neat little place and I thought I was a great opportunity to get back into head coaching.”

Harris takes over a program that gave up nearly forty points a game in every single game in 2019. Defense is a huge part of what Harris will try to teach his new squad but there is one thing that is more important.

“You are not going to be a great team until you play defense, it has to start there. You have to have a desire to win and have something inside of you that refuses to lose, that is kind of built through culture,” Harris said.

The Lions have a great opportunity to start strong as three of their first four games are at home.

First, they will play Northside Methodist at home, then hit the road to play at Florala and then back to back home games against Ariton and G.W. Long.

Houston County returns both quarterbacks who saw time last year, rising senior Chason Harvell and rising junior Kahleel Johnson.

Upfront, whether it be offense or defense, the Lions have a core of seniors to lean on. Anthony Milner, Jaylen Seabrook, and Aaron Mims should be doing work in the trenches for Houston County.

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