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|Mason hits the ground running|
Matt Mason leaned back in his chair in his new office at Huntington School and nearly hit the floor.
"The first thing Coach (Chad) Harkins is going to have to do is get me a new chair," Mason said.
Actually, it may have been fitting considering Mason has had to hit the ground running since being named athletic director and assistant football at Huntington.
"There are a lot of things to do," Mason said. "We've got a lot of work ahead of us."
Huntington football players returned to the weight room on Monday.
"We are really going to be young," Mason said. "We've got a lot of coaching to do. We've got 19 kids, but only two seniors. We're expecting the younger guys to really step up this season."
Mason will be in charge of the Hound defense.
"We definitely have to look at the athletes we have to evaluate them and see what kind of defense we want to run," he said.
Although he would certainly love to win every game, the key will be winning at least two of the three district games on the Hound schedule.
"It doesn't matter which two," he said. "The goal for everybody is to get to the playoffs."
Mason coached at Trinity Episcopal the past several years, serving as head baseball coach of the Saints.
Former Huntington baseball coach Mitch Ashmore has been named head baseball coach at Trinity.
Harkins said Mason has been a big asset in the short time he has spent at Huntington.
"It's not really that big of an adjustment," Harkins said. "We're still doing what we've been doing. Any input Matt has is definitely welcome. There will be a little change in our defense, but other than that we're still the same."
Huntington opens its season on August 21 at home against Central Private.
Two away games at Claiborne and defending double-A champion Centreville is followed by Huntington's District 6A opener at home against Tallulah.
Huntington has only three district games this season.
The Hounds close out the year on October 30 at home as Mason will be facing a familiar opponent in Trinity in the final district contest of the season.
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