Unbeaten Tupelo entertains Southaven

HAMMOND

HAMMOND

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

For the past two weeks, the Tupelo Golden Wave have faced teams that basically tried to run through them.

This week, the Wave get to look in the mirror.

The Golden Wave host the Southaven Chargers in a 7 p.m. kickoff and Division 1-6A matchup, and head coach Trent Hammond thinks the visitors look an awfully lot like his Tupelo squad.

“They are a lot like us, a spread-it-around football team,” Hammond said. “They get the football to people in space, and let them run.”

Tupelo (6-0, 2-0) enters this contest on the heels of a convincing 34-7 victory over previously undefeated Grenada. One of the highlights was sophomore QBDaniel Bristow, who was 13 of 15 passing for three TDs. He’s completing 67 percent of his passes.

“I thought Bristow played really good,” Hammond said. “Demarcus Rogers on the defensive line and Ashton Wedel at linebacker, they played a really good game as well.”

Close ties

For Tupelo and Southaven (5-2, 1-1), there are ties between the two programs on the sidelines as well.

Tupelo offensive coordinator John Keith was on the Chargers staff for one season under current head coach Ed Rich. And Keith considers Southaven defensive coordinator Eddie Stevenson one of his best friends.

“I stay in touch with those guys on a regular basis,” Keith said. “For years I’ve sat down with Eddie, and we’ve broken each other’s film down.

“I talked to him last night (Tuesday), but we didn’t talk football.”

Hammond reports that the staffs have even attended a football academy in Nashville together.

Southaven comes into this contest off a 48-20 win over Hernando. The Chargers lost the previous week 49-12 to Olive Branch, with their other loss Sept. 13 to Starkville 34-14.

“Offensively, we’re getting better as far as our consistency,” Keith said. “We’re an offense built on getting first downs.

“I just want us to continue to improve – we’re looking for consistency across the board.”

Last season, Southaven edged Tupelo 14-10.