BRUCE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Bruce Trojans enter the 2018 season knowing they'll have to work to win.
Bruce is coming off a 2-9 season in 2017.
Clint Faust enters his second season as Bruce's head coach.
The Trojans return eight starters on defense, and nine on offense. Sophomore quarterback Jay Collins will run the Trojans offense this year.
Bruce lost to Independence 14-0 in a Friday jamboree. The Trojans open the season on August 17 at home against Aberdeen.
Bruce is a young team, but head coach Clint Faust likes that some of the young guys have been pushing the older guys this summer.
"We're really competing for different spots," said Faust. "Young guys are pushing some of the old guys. I just really like the competition we've had so far."
HAMILTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Hamilton Lions are trending in the right direction.
Last season, the Lions finished 5-6, and narrowly missed the playoffs coming out of the deep region 3-1A.
Josh Baty begins his fourth season at Hamilton.
The Lions have nine starters returning.
Of course, many of those guys play on both sides of the ball, including offensive and defensive lineman LaDerrick Despenza. Despenza recently received a division one offer from Maryland. Despenza has garnered serious interest from Ole Miss and Louisiana.
Hamilton opens the season at Coldwater on August 17.
Josh Baty hopes the seniors show the young guys the ropes.
"You know, we have a talented group of seniors," said Baty." Hopefully they can grasp a hold of some of these younger guys that are going to have to play, and show them how it has to go."