TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Belmont High School's football team didn't play a jamboree this past weekend, but neither did its opening game opponent this Friday, Smithville.
The Cardinals were a playoff team last season, but lost in the first round to Charleston.
Belmont has 44 players on its roster, eight of them seniors. The Cardinals also have eight starters back on defense.
"Our older players have been here, and they're very supportive of them (younger players), and they help them out, leading by example, more so than talking, so they've been real helpful," said Jason Coker, who's entering his fourth season as Belmont head coach.
Meanwhile, Ty Hardin is entering his third season as head football coach at Houston High School.
The Hilltoppers advanced to the third round of last year's playoffs, and this year, they return eight starters on offense and six on defense.
"We were very good last year. What I like about this team, people aren't talking much about us this year," Hardin said. "We've got the talent, we've got the depth to do a lot of things. It's gonna take a season. It's gonna take a collective effort from everybody doing the right thing."
Houston, which defeated Baldwyn in the Oxford Jamboree, opens the regular season Friday at Pontotoc.