LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - It's been a difficult week for the Laurel community following the tragic loss of local teenager Tamerick Drummond. The Golden Tornadoes (7-1) are going to do their best to help the community get back to a sense of normalcy as they get back on the football field against South Jones (7-2).
"Been pretty tough but this is a resilient town," said Laurel head coach Todd Breland. "We hope Friday night we can bring some normalcy to the town and for a couple hours get everyone's mind of the subject."
"When you think about football being important in our life and being a huge stepping stone in our life," said South Jones head coach Cory Reynolds. "But when you take a step back from this, it's just a game. It's something we're here doing to play and have fun."
The Braves know the challenge the Golden Tornadoes present Friday night as their ranked No. 12 among Mississippi high schools. But they also recognize the opportunity to go against one of the state's best.
"Anytime you want to be compared to or be considered one of the better teams in the state, you've got to beat the best teams," Reynolds said. "And right now, we've got one of the best teams in the state. For us to even have a chance with them, we're going to have to play our best game."
As for Laurel, coach Breland and his team faces more than just the challenge of South Jones on Friday night.
"I challenged them yesterday," Breland said. "And it's really unfair to challenge 16 and 17-year-old kids to put a city on their back but that's where we are and that's what I did. I think they're going to respond. They've accepted that challenge and will hopefully perform well tomorrow night."