HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - There is no jamboree football action for Laurel High School this week. But make no mistake, the Tornadoes are putting in work.
"I think we're good," Laurel coach Todd Breland said before practice Wednesday. "We've been fighting the weather like everybody else has. We're doing what we can, where we can, when we can. I feel like we're maximizing our opportunities. It's been a while since we've played a game. I think everybody is just itching to play."
One can imagine how strong that itch is considering the squad fell two wins short of repeating as Class 5A state champions last year. The Tornadoes lost to eventual state champion Wayne County 55-27 in the semifinal round.
The team took the crown in 2014 with a 29-26 win over Oxford.
Breland said he plans on using multiple players at quarterback, with Sinclair Ulmer and TyQyaun Ulmer.
Sinclair Ulmer is only a sophomore, but Breland clearly is confident in his abilities.
TyQyaun Ulmer, meanwhile, could just be nicknamed "slash." Quarterback/wide receiver/running back can all be inserted next to his name.
"He is the ultimate competitor there is no doubt," Breland said of TyQuan. "When he walks on the grass, he brings it and brings it hard."
Senior wide out Dontario Drummond is also one to watch for.
Breland touted the strength of the defensive line. Make a note of senior defensive lineman Darius Townsend.
"We have all of our starters back from a year ago plus their backups and we'll rotate a bunch," he said. "We'll probably play eight kids there each night. We're looking forward to them setting the tone for the rest of the bunch."
Laurel opens the season Aug. 19 against Quitman. The Tornadoes follow this with games at Hattiesburg, at home against Oak Grove and at Petal.