Wild­cats usu­ally show­case tal­ent with pro­gram

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By ROB­BIE FAULK sports@starkvilledai­lynews.com

Some of the state’s best tal­ent can tra­di­tion­ally be found in Merid­ian and the Wild­cats boast a proud pro­gram.

For­mer head coaches Mac Barnes and Larry Weems en­joyed tremen­dous suc­cess at the school be­fore get­ting out of the MHSAA and mov­ing into the pri­vate school sec­tor where they’re con­tin­u­ing to win at La­mar

School and Jackson Academy re­spec­tively.

Calvin Hamp­ton is in his sec­ond sea­son at the school try­ing to con­tinue what the leg­endary coaches built in front of him.

Hamp­ton’s first squad pro­duced a 10-4 year and were bounced from the play­offs by even­tual South State cham­pion Pearl in the sec­ond round. While the Wild­cats are off to a rough 1-2 start, it came with losses to Class 6A con­tender Tu­pelo 34-25, Alabama pow­er­house Hoover 42-7 and a win against Nox­ubee County last week 35-20.

“They al­ways have great play­ers up there ev­ery year,” Starkville High School coach Chris Jones said. “(Hamp­ton) has done a good job ever since Weems left. They kind of started off slow this year, but they played some good com­pe­ti­tion and had some key guys miss­ing

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Paula Mer­ritt, The Merid­ian Star, AP) (Photo by

Merid­ian’s Ken­drick Brown hauls in a pass re­cep­tion for a touch­down against Nox­ubee County last Satur­day.

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