Meridian Football entering John Douglass era

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - For most Meridian students, today was the first day back at school since May. but as for the football team, they've been working in Ray Stadium all summer long.

It hasn't been easy for the Wildcats this offseason. Former head coach Calvin Hampton resigned 10 days after the last season's finale, prompting a search for a new head coach that ended in January.

Meridian hired Martez Edwards to replace Hampton. However, after multiple controversies, the school board decided to terminate Edwards in June, hiring Northeast Lauderdale's John Douglass the same week.

"The defense has played really well," Douglass said. "Theyre moving to the ball, breaking, seeing and reacting pretty quick."

"From an offensive standpoint, probably a little concerning," Douglass added.

Meridian went 4-7 last season under Hampton, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Wildcats open up Aug. 23 on the road at Northeast Lauderdale, where Douglass coached the Trojans to playoff berth in 2018.