St. Martin Yellow Jackets have a goal of cracking the State Playoffs in 2016

St. Martin Yellow Jackets have a goal of cracking the State Playoffs in 2016

ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Yellow Jackets head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead has built one of the most explosive offensive teams over the past three seasons...but St. Martin is snake-bitten when it comes to advancing into the playoffs.  2003 was the last time a St. Martin football team advanced to the state playoffs.  Will this be the year?

Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead said, "Oh, definitely think so.  I felt like for the last two years we were good enough to get there. Things didn't work out that way.  We didn't finish a couple of games.  So, this year we've got to be able to finish."

To get over the playoff hump...6-foot, 215 pound senior quarterback Wayne Overmann will play a key role.  In 2015 he had 29-hundred yards of offense with 33 touchdowns.

Kalem Reddix, a 6-foot-1, 205 pound wide receiver is back for his senior campaign.  Last season Reddix hauled-in 44 catches for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"We do everything as a team, "stated Reddix.  "Everything that is done we do as a team and we will take it one game at a time."

5-10, 190 pound sophomore Ham Mcgee takes over the main running back chores.  He's highly talented and he's expected to have a big season.

Defensively, senior linebacker Peyton Piglia and  6-foot-2, 210 pound sophomore linebacker Donte Starks return after combining for 161 tackles in 2015.

Piglia said, "Last year the motto was... I Believe.  This year is to Finish Strong  and that's what we've been working on just finishing every single thing we do and not letting up on anything."

Kelvin Chestang is a 6-foot, 246 pound offensive lineman who will also play defensive end this season.

Chestang said, " All summer, been out here grinding and everybody put in that work and we ant the same thing...the same goal."

The Yellow Jackets kick off the 2016 season 7 p.m. Friday in St. Martin hosting the Poplarville Hornets.  The Hornets-Yellow Jackets clash will be one of six games featured on the Friday Night Football Showdown on WLOX beginning 10:15 this coming Friday on WLOX ABC-CBS.

The Friday Night Football Showdown Post Game Show follows on the Bounce Channel and on at 10:35.

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