PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - The Pontotoc Warriors have become a force to be reckoned with in class 4A.
Pontotoc has gone 25-4 over the last two seasons, but a trip to the state title game has still eluded them.
Fourth-year head coach Jeff Carter is a big reason for the turnaround in Pontotoc.
Carter, a former Ole Miss football player, has instilled a winning culture in 'the hollow.'
The Warriors return eleven starters from last year's squad which finished 12-2 and lost to Corinth in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
Once again, there will be a Carter under center at Pontotoc. Justin Carter returns for his senior season.
Gabe Harmon, who has rushed for nearly 3,500 yards returns for his senior season.
"This team has a little bit more of a 'swag' about it," says Jeff Carter. The other guys (previous teams) felt like they had things to prove, but I think these guys have kind of been there."
Pontotoc hosts Houston on August 17 to open the season.
VARDAMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - Vardaman has been 'ram tough' under Larry Gann.
Gann begins his sixth season in his second tenure at Vardaman.
After winning just one game in their first two seasons under Gann (2013 and 14), the Rams have qualified for the playoffs in 2016 and 2017.
Vardaman lost to Lumberton in the first round of the 2017 1A playoffs.
The Rams have four starters returning, inlcuding 1,000 yard running back Patrick Pratt.
"It's gonna be a challenging year, but we're looking forward to getting started," says Larry Gann. "Obviously our goals are the same regardless of the previous year. We want to make a playoff run, compete for the region, and have a winning season."