Wildcats usually showcase talent with program
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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Meridian’s Kendrick Brown hauls in a pass reception for a touchdown against Noxubee County last Saturday.