Tornadoes staying busy with summer routine
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia High School Tornadoes are in their summer routine but that doesn't mean that anyone is taking it easy.
The weight room is open daily. And this week, the Tornadoes will be participating in a NFL camp at Union with other teams. Other camps and activities are planned throughout the summer.
"About four years ago, the NFL started sponsoring high school camps," Coach Teddy Dyess said. "They send DVDs and it gives you different drills you can work on. We can take information from it and teach it. We'll be doing that and have some 7-on-7 games."
The Tornadoes finished 11-2 last season. As Dyess looks ahead to the 2014 season, it's clear he expects his team to be back in the hunt for the Region 5-3A championship.
"We have won our region six out of the last seven seasons," Dyess said. "And I expect for us to compete for the region championship again this year.
"We are going to be inexperienced at some positions and that was a concern going into the spring. But we didn't play like we were inexperienced in the spring game. We think we are going to be all right. Our goal at the start of the season is to win our region, host a first round game, and then get into the mix."
The Tornadoes split a pair of spring scrimmages in May. They dropped a 21-6 decision to Cleveland High School and then came back to beat Bruce 28-7. Tecoy Bingham, who played behind Romon Gray last season, stepped up at quarterback and threw for 135 yards. The offense has 392 yards rushing on 50 carries. Dante Poe stepped up into the running back position and ran for 260 yards on 24 carries. The fullback position will be manned by sophomore B.J. Boler. Playing wide receiver will be Kaylon Gray. Jonathan Edwards and Garrett Threadgill.
The Tornadoes have experience returning to the offensive line in junior Greg Eiland and Daz Sylvester playing the tackles and Trey Hunt and Michael Cameron at the guards. Randy Brownlee will move in at tight end and Devon Davis will be moving into the center position.
The Tornadoes have some holes to fill on the defense as well.
"We will be inexperienced at the start of the season but I really think our team speed will make up for it," Dyess said. "We have some veterans like Josh Rush at the inside linebacker and I'm looking for us to have another good defense."
Brad Horne and Keshon Henderson will be the defensive ends while Dominoc Eiland and Jerron Bennett are starting at the defensive tackles. Joining Rush at the linebacker positions will be K.T. Peebles, Kaylon Gray, Josh Baxstrum, Warlchez Spencer and Javon Spencer. Kevin Smith and Edrick McClendon will play corner back while Edwards and Gray will be at the safeties. John Harold Smith will be back to handle the punting and place kicking chores.
The Tornadoes will open fall drills on August 4. Their first action will be at the Mississippi State jamboree against Aberdeen with a 9 a.m. kickoff time. They open the season at home August 22 against South Delta.
2014 Football Schedule
Aug. 17 - vs. Aberdeen at Miss. State Jamboree, 9 a.m.
Aug. 22 - South Delta
Aug. 29 - at J.Z. George
Sept. 5 - Neshoba Central
Sept. 12 - Louisville
Sept. 19 - at Bay Springs
Sept. 26 - at Kemper County
Oct. 3 - Forest *
Oct. 10 - Raleigh *
Oct. 17 - at Choctaw Central *
Oct. 24 - Southeast Lauderdale *
Oct. 30 - at Choctaw County *
* Region 5-3A game