High School Football Tour: Tupelo

Tupelo High School Golden Wave

TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – Tupelo was put back on the map in Mississippi high school football last season.

In Trent Hammond’s first year at the helm, the Golden Wave returned to the State Championship for the first time since 1992.

This year’s team will have to make up for the loss of their dominant linebacking trio plus running back Quinn Tiggs if they hope to return to the State Title game in 2014.

Aug 22 Lafayette away
Aug 29 Center Hill home
Sept 5 Shannon home
Sept 12 Saltillo home
Sept 26 Hernando* home
Oct 3 Grenada* away
Oct 10 Southhaven* away
Oct 17 South Panola* home
Oct 24 Desoto Central* away
Oct 31 Charleston home
Nov 7 Olive Branch* away
*District games

“We lost some really good players defensively,” head coach Trent Hammond said. “We bring back guys that played at critical times though. Hopefully we can find the right 11 players that will make us close to what we were last year.”

It was the best season since that 1992 State Title team last year for them blankets.

13 wins and just 2 losses was the final record for Tupelo. While the Wave aim to make it back to the Title, there hasn’t been much talk about making the return.

“We haven’t talked making it back as a team,” Hammond said. “We didn’t talk about it last year and we haven’t this year. We are 100% focused on one thing and that’s what’s next.”

“We all believe we can make it back,” linebacker Justin Clifton said. “We just take it one game at a time and it’s all in our belief. We stand strong and we build each other up.”

“We’re trying to get these younger guys to know the experience of getting all the way to State,” quarterback Daniel Bristow said. “It was a fun season last year and we are trying to get back there.”

You may hear it if you drive by the Tupelo high practice field: music blaring. And it’s LOUD.

Coach Hammond preaches fun and enthusiasm with his team and the Wave hope that mindset and the music will lead to more wins in 2014.

“You want to be the team that had the most fun,” Hammond said. “George Halas once said that nobody has regret if you can do all you can do. We’re not setting a win mark we’re just going to say at the end of the season have you done everything you can to make us better?”

Beware of the flood warning, north Mississippi. Tupelo has a quiet confidence going into their second season under Trent Hammond.

The Wave will start the season on the road at Lafayette then return home for the unveiling of the Flood Zone on August 29th.

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