MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - They have a new coach, but the same focus remains for Northeast Lauderdale heading into the 2019 football season.
John Douglass, who coached the Trojans to a 4A playoff berth and win last season, left for the vacant job at Meridian.
Late in June, the Trojans promoted from within, tabbing defensive coordinator Glenn Sanders as the head coach.
Sanders has a young team to work with, returning just eight starters from a squad who gave up just 19 points per game to opponents last season.
"They've continued to work out, we had a great off-season program after Christmas last year," Sanders said.
"It carried over into the summer, got a great attitude so the transition's been smooth, they just want to play football."
For the first time in program history, the Trojans will host Meridian in a city-county crossover Aug. 23. Northeast Lauderdale will make the jump to the North district, taking on new opponents such as Choctaw Central and Louisville.