Trent Hammond, it is time to meet your Golden Wave.
Tupelo’s first-year head coach will get to see his team on the field against another team today as the Golden Wave travels to Fulton for a 7 p.m. controlled scrimmage with Itawamba AHS.
“I’m looking for effort and execution,” said Hammond, the former Amory coach. “This is my first chance to see us hit someone else. “I want to see how we react to adversity.”
While Hammond has not seen the Wave in competition, he does have a wish list for the scrimmage.
“I’m ready to see our defense play,” he said. “I think we’ll have some kids flying around, and they are an exciting bunch to see in practice.”
Curious Tupelo fans will be ready to see how the Wave quarterback situation plays out. Junior Alex Norwood and sophomore Daniel Bristow have been the front-runners for playing time.
“We’ll work in each one,” Hammond said. “Different packages, different looks.”
Tupelo is coming off a 4-7 record in its final season under David Bradberry.
Itawamba AHS coach Toby Collums will have some of the same things to look at as Hammond.
Collums has not seen his Indians, 12-1 last year, in competition since a third-round playoff loss last season to eventually Class 4A champion Noxubee County.
“I feel like defensively, we’re pretty good right now,” Collums said. “But we took a big hit on offense.”
The Indians do have seven starters back on defense, but graduated 20 players from last year’s squad, many who had an impact on offense.
Collums will also have a young quarterback, as sophomore Vijay Miller is expected to take the majority of snaps in this matchup for the Indians.
“We want to see how he responds to live action,” Collums said. “I feel good about the kids and our team.”