St. Martin football earning solid reputation in summer action

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There's a buzz that can be heard on the football turf when the St. Martin Yellow Jackets hit the playing field.

Head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead has a host of talented skilled offensive and defensive players who have fared well in 7-on-7 tournaments.

"It's a mental thing," Whitehead said. "It's like a building experience. The more we compete, the more we can beat teams and know we're the best on the field."

Whitehead says success during the summer will carry over into August when high school football hits the practice fields and on Friday nights during the season.

Last season as a sophomore, quarterback Tyler Polk ripped off 1,651 yards rushing and cracked the goal line 25 times. He added 546 yards passing with four touchdowns and had 40 yards in receptions.

In 2014, Polk will play quarterback and wide receiver thanks to the addition of a new member on the St. Martin roster. Sophomore quarterback Wayne Overman joins the squad after transferring from D'Iberville.

"Both of them are great athletes," Whitehead said. "They throw the ball well. It allows us to put Tyler out to receiver."

"I always wanted to be a wide receiver when I go to college," Polk said. "I don't want to play quarterback. It's helping me out more and it's helping coach Whitehead out."

Both Polk and Overman will be running a spread offense, one that will take advantage of their running and passing skills.