Meridian Reloads for Tough 2013 Season

By: Lindsey Hall/Louis Montesi, III
By: Lindsey Hall/Louis Montesi, III

Entering his 8th year as head coach at meridian, head coach larry weems is used to success. His teams have won a number of division titles, averaged 11 wins per year, played for three state championships, claiming the crown in 2008.

However, the wildcats slipped to an 8 and 4 record last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to d'iberville. And though not as deep in years past, the 2013 edition does have ample talent, beginning with junior quarterback j-mar smith.

If you play quarterback, the whole offense has to go through the quarterback so that person has to play well. Whatever grade they're in, that doesn't matter. That person has to play well for our offense to be effective.

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The defense will be young and inexperienced, but they will be led by dandy dozen defensive back c.J. Johnson--an ole miss commitment and dandy dozen selection.

C.J. Has the most experience and obviously he's talented and he's got to get those players in the right call and make adjustments based on checks that we have and formations and personnel groups and get us in the right call.

The division is somewhat new look with hattiesburg moving out and jackson provine coming in. There's also a first ever visit to ray stadium from perennial powerhouse south panola in week three.

It may be a big deal with fan interest but honest to goodness, it's just the third game. It's a non region game. It's just the third one on the schedule and won't be any more important to me than quitman or clinton the next week. Now if it's a playoff game, it's different, but it's not. It's a non division game and will spark a lot of interest but that's all it is..It will be an early season big challenge for our guys.

 

Entering his 8th year as head coach at Meridian, Larry Weems is used to success. His teams have won a number of division titles, averaged 11 wins per year and played for three state championships, claiming the crown in 2008.

However, the wildcats slipped to an 8-4 record last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to D'iberville. Though not as deep in years past, the 2013 edition does have ample talent, beginning with junior quarterback Jamar Smith.

"The whole offense has to go through the quarterback, so that person has to play well," says Weems. "Whatever grade they're in, that doesn't matter. That person has to play well for our offense to be effective.

The defense will be young and inexperienced, but they will be led by senior safety C.J. Hampton, an Ole Miss commitment consistenly listed among the state's best players.

"C.J. has the most experience, and obviously he's talented, and he's got to get those players in the right call and make adjustments based on checks that we have and formations and personnel groups..."

The division has a new look with Hattiesburg moving out and Provine coming in.

Perennial powerhouse South Panola visits Ray Stadium in week three. Weems downplayed what will likely be one of the most anticipated games in recent wildcat lore.

"It may be a big deal with fan interest but honest to goodness, it's just the third game. It's a non-region game. It's just the third one on the schedule and won't be any more important to me than Quitman or Clinton the next week. Now, if it's a playoff game, it's different, but it's not. It's a non-division game and will spark a lot of interest but that's all it is. It will be an early season big challenge for our guys."


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