WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Head coach Adam Stone has a young team, with six juniors starting on the offensive side of the ball and three juniors and four sophomores getting the starting nod on defense. When it comes to his seniors, coach Stone says, they provide much needed leadership.
Stone said, "Our group of seniors is hard working group and our junior class is very good too. I have a lot of people who played last year and they saw the way things turned out last year and they didn't like it. That was one of our goals to not let things turn out like last year."
5-9, 170 pound junior quarterback Justin Smith runs the Tomcats offense. While Stone County relies on its running game, the Tomcats have the capability of passing the football.
"We've been working hard all summer and all season," Smith stated. He added, "We've been giving all we can and we really want it."
In Friday's win over West Harrison, 5-11, 180 pound running back JaDerick Jackson provided the big play ripping off this 40 yard touchdown run and that was the only points scored on the night.
Credit the Tomcats defense for coming up with big play after big defensive stop. 190 pound defensive back Demerick Fairly was all over the field as was senior defensive back Justin Evans who believes the Tomcats are turning the tide in their favor.
Evans said, "We fell much better going into district play with two games under our belt and we hope we can win our first district game and make it to the playoffs."
Credit Coach Stone for getting his Tomcats prepared for each and every game. Offensive lineman Morgan Howe agrees stating, "Coach Stone set us up and put us in a position to win and it's up to use to do what we can to win."
Stone County has a bye week and return next Friday hosting McComb. Of interest head coach Stone was the Tomcats starting quarterback when he was a senior during the 2000 high school football season.
Next season was expected to be the Tomcats year... they could be a year ahead of schedule.