AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Amory is dropping from Class 4A to 3A this season, but the Panthers are still playing bigger schools.
Amory hosts Tupelo in a jamboree on Friday before opening with Itawamba AHS on Aug. 23.
Head coach Allen Glenn has 73 players on his roster, but only nine of them are seniors. Five of those seniors are on the offensive line, and they'll block for junior quarterback Hunter Jones, who's already entering his third year as a starter.
"He's just got a little bit of a swagger about him," Glenn said of Jones. " He's got a little bit of that it factor, and other coaches, they've said that word before, the it factor, we feel like Hunter's kind of got a little bit of that.
"He can hurt you with his legs, he can spin it pretty good, too, with his arm, so, he's a dual threat guy, so I feel like that benefits him and us the most."
"It's comfortable blocking for him, because he knows what to do, and I feel real comfortable with him in the backfield, running the ball, and throwing it for us," said Amory left guard Jacob Cox.