D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Head coach Buddy Singleton is the dean of high school football coaches in South Mississippi.
Year-in and year-out his D'Iberville Warriors are playoff contenders and 2015 is no exception.
6-2, 195 pound standout Jacquelle Green is back for his senior season. Besides playing safety and running back, he has a new starting role...quarterback.
Singleton said,"After Byrd, our quarterback, decided to stick to baseball, we had to find a quarterback and he's an athlete. Still needs to work on his passing game. Good runner. He's a good leader. I think he has all the qualities to do a great job for us."
Green has proven over the years as a running back... once he has that football in his hands, he's a threat.
Coach said he wants my ratio to do more running then throwing, "stated Green. "I can throw the ball but he likes me to tuck the ball and run up the field if we need short yardage. I can also throw the ball and have the option to run the ball more."
Jason Hockaday begins his fourth season as the Warriors defensive coordinator.
He said, "We've got six guys coming back that were starters from last year and we have probably seven or eight guys who had gotten a lot of playing time with us. We're looking to do a lot of great things on defense. Create some havoc against other offenses that we play."
6-2 230 pound linebacker Barry Leonardi piled up more than 130 tackles. Big-time schools haven't shown interest in the senior, but he knows he can play.
Leonardi said, "I might not be the quickest, but I'm going to make it faster sideline to sideline then the other guys and I might not be the biggest, but I'm going to hit you."
Leonardi and defensive tackle Jacques Turner, a 6-3, 240 pound senior gives the Warriors two top notch defenders.
"I work my craft a lot, "stated Leonardi. "I put a lot of work and I think when I play the best, I'll show you how good I can work."
The Warriors would like nothing better then to win the Class 4A State Championship for coach Singleton. He says this will be his last season coaching football.
D'Iberville opens the 2015 regular season on August 21, a home game against Spanish Fort out of Alabama.