TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Monday marked the first official day of high school football practice in Mississippi.
Tupelo enters the 2018 season as a favorite in Class 6A, but head coach Trent Hammond says the Golden Wave will have to overcome quite a bit.
"When you've had the number of kids that we've lost, due to graduation, when you come out and get ranked high, all that stuff that gets put out there, only one way we can be, we can be a pretender or we can be a contender, but we've got to do it today, (and) there's no other time than now," Hammond said.
Tupelo opens the season Aug. 17 at Meridian, another Class 6A favorite.
The Golden Wave will host Amory in a jamboree on Aug. 10.
Speaking of Amory, the Panthers enter year three under head coach Allen Glenn. Amory returns five starters on defense and seven on offense, with the team motto being "one more play."
"We're not looking so much at winning a state championship right now. We're looking at day by day," Glenn said. "We're not looking for December right now, we're looking for August 17 when we're able to open up with DeSoto Central. We're trying to take it day by day and get one percent better every day."