By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The landscape of football has changed a lot for Quinn Tiggs, a senior for the Tupelo Golden Wave.
From 4-7 a year ago, Tupelo is now 10-1, and will host a first-round playoff game Friday against Warren Central. It is Tupelo’s first playoff appearance since 2011.
There was always that tantalizing thought when Trent Hammond was named the head football coach of Tupelo, the offense would turn into the 2011 version of the Amory Panthers.
That year, Hammond’s team passed for more than 5,000 yards.
The reality has turned out pretty good for the 2013 Wave.
Tupelo has hung its hat on a stingy and quick defense, with the team allowing less than 10 points per game.
Tiggs was part of the Tupelo defensive backfield, but that was in 2011-12.
Now a running back, Tiggs has emerged as a face of Tupelo’s ground-oriented offense.
“He’s provided a spark when we need it and been a consistent player for us,” Hammond said. “He’s not a one-dimensional back.”
Tiggs dimensions as a football player were immediately evident to Hammond when he began studying game film of the 2012 season, where Tiggs was an anchor of the defense.
“We came in as a staff, Mike Davis, John Keith, and myself, and all watched films from last year,” Hammond said. “The offense played at a different speed when he played there.”
The move has worked out nicely for the ball-control offense of the Wave.
Tiggs has 1,100 yards rushing, and another 442 yards receiving on 33 catches. That makes him the leading receiver and sophomore starting quarterback Daniel Bristow, who has passed for 1,235 yards.
And Tiggs is complemented nicely by the 427 total yards of offense by Rodney McIntosh, 561 total yards by Jarvis Wilson, and 363 total yards of Reed Taylor.
“I’m certainly not as successful without the others,” said Tiggs, who has been chosen for next month’s Benard Blackwell North/South All-Star Game. “That was a big move for me from defense to offense.
“As an offense, I don’t think we’ve had a totally good game yet this season, but it’s coming.”