Amory quarterback Hunter Jones

Amory quarterback Hunter Jones is a two-year starter and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in his career.

Amory quarterback Hunter Jones is having to take it easy this summer.

The rising junior suffered an injury to his throwing arm in the third round of the baseball playoffs a few weeks ago. It was initially feared to be a UCL injury, and Jones was preparing for Tommy John surgery, but a doctor’s visit revealed the injury to just be a fracture.

Jones said he had a huge feeling of relief when he left the doctor on Monday.

“It’s a little setback, but we’re gonna be back,” Jones said. “It’s only two months compared to what could’ve been 16 months. Now I know my whole junior season isn’t over.”

For the rest of the summer, he is working on strengthening his arm and trying to get in the weight room as much as possible.

He is able to throw between 10 and 12 yards right now and will progress each week.

In two full seasons as a starter, Jones has passed for 4,284 yards and 36 touchdowns with a 62 percent completion rate. On the ground, he’s added 921 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Amory will be in Class 3A this season after the reclassification moved the Panthers down. They will be in Division 1-3A with Alcorn Central, Belmont, Booneville, Kossuth and Nettleton.

Hickory Flat regroups

Hickory Flat will not field a varsity football team this fall due to lack of participation.

There will still be a junior high program, to be led by Heath Robbins. Michael Kelly coached the Rebels last season and recently took an assistant coach’s position at Myrtle.

Hickory Flat went 0-9 during two seasons as an independent and was set to join Division 1-1A this year. Prior to that, the school was part of the Benton County co-op team, which also included players from Ashland.

Ashland has gone 4-19-1 the past two seasons, including 2-13 in 1-1A play.

MAIS realigns

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) has streamlined its classification system.

In football, the classes go from 1A up to 6A; in other sports it tops out at 5A.

Part of the impetus for the change was the growth of 8-man football, with those teams comprising Classes 1A and 2A.

Previously, the classes were labeled as 8-man, A, AA, AAA, AAAA-I and AAAA-II.

The change affects five area schools: Calhoun Academy is in 1A; Hebron Christian is in 2A; Marshall Academy and Oak Hill Academy are in 3A; and Starkville Academy is in 5A.

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