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 WLOX.com at 10:35.