TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Entering his second season as Mooreville football head coach, Jimmy Young says the biggest difference between this year's team and last year is experience and strength.
"Most of my kids that were starting for me in 4A football didn't even have a driver's license," Young said. "We were taking them all home after practices, so we're excited to see drivers' licenses in the wallets. They just rose to the challenge in the weight room this offseason, took it personal, so I'm very proud of that."
Mooreville plans on running the football more this season. But just up the road in Mantachie, fifth-year head coach T.J. Seago says his team will be throwing the ball a lot more.
Seago says there's two reasons for the change - quarterback Jacob Frazier and the lack of depth on the offensive line.
"We're gonna try to catch it and get rid of it, to be honest with you, take care of those linemen as much as we can, and then, kind of work on the run game as we go," Seago said. "We do like the ones we have up there, there's just not many of them, and we're just trying to take care of their bodies. Hopefully, by the time we get to division, we'll a little bit more of a running game."