TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Nettleton's football slogan is "Committed To The Family."
Third-year head coach Ken Topps is trying to, as he puts it, "change the culture" around the Tigers' program.
The biggest challenge for Nettleton this year could be finding a replacement for quarterback Colton Ausbern, who threw for more than 5,550 yards in his Tiger career.
"I don't know about replacing him, but we got some guys that's gonna step into his shoes," Topps said. "You've got Graham Gardner right now that's looking real promising; Davis Oswalt. Both have got strong arms. Both have improved a whole lot throughout the summer. So we're gonna continue with those guys and see how good they get."
Nettleton opens at Mantachie on Aug. 17.
Meanwhile, TCPS kicks off its season at Myrtle on Aug. 16, which is a Thursday.
The Eagles didn't have enough players to field a team five years ago, but last season, TCPS made the playoffs for the first time.
Head coach Shaune Holiday says there are 25 players on this year's roster, and as usual, most of them will play on both sides of the ball.
"We did a lot of conditioning this summer, knowing that when you don't have big numbers, you've gotta be in shape, cause you're gonna have to go both ways," Holiday said. "So I feel really good about the conditioning, and like I said, these guys are used to that already."
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