Neshoba County's Big Three Look for Success on Gridiron

The big game in Neshoba County is just over a month away as the Rockets and Tornadoes will face off on August 31. You can expect Goat Hall and Possum Holler to each have different looks in the 2007 season.

Philadelphia's biggest change comes at head coach. Teddy Dyess will enter his first season at PHS in the fall after building Lumberton High School into a Class 2A powerhouse.

Dyess is picking up a program that has dominated Division 5-2A in the past, but had a down year in 2006. The Tornadoes finished the season 5-5 and missed the playoffs for the first time in ten years.

Just 1.4 miles away, a familiar face will be pacing the sideline at Neshoba Central.

Chuck Friend makes his return as the Rockets head coach, and NCHS fans certainly hope that history repeats itself. Friend coached there for 12 years in the 1980s and early 1990s, where he won three North State titles.

He inherits a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1996, and he only has 11 returners on both sides of the ball.

Choctaw Central will be looking to their returning players for leadership in 2007.

Five players are coming back on offense, while seven guys return defensively. The Warriors lost most of their experience in the secondary.

Head coach Tony Stanford believes their strength is the front. Once practice begins, Stanford says the O-line will need to beef up.


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