Coach David Frey has been doing double-duty the last couple of months as the head coach of the fast-pitch softball team and the football team.

This is going to be his busiest week. The Lady Tornadoes were playing for the Class 2A state championship Tuesday in Starkville. Meanwhile, the football team has been going through spring training. They are slated to play in the Southern Miss football jamboree Friday night when they take on Hammond, La. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

“It has been tough,” Coach Frey said. “If I hadn’t had good help, I would have been in a bind.”

Spring training actually started at the end of April. Frey said he worked with the football team during seventh period and a little after school before going to softball practice.

Frey took over the football program after the third game of the 2018 season. The Tornadoes finished 9-5 and made it to the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Frey had already been named the softball coach for the year and had both jobs. That meant some long nights during January and February as he worked on his offense.

“Our goal this year is to win the state championship,” Frey said. “We have some talented kids on this team. If we can fill some holes left by graduation, we have a chance.

“Our district is going to be tough. We have the same opponents but we are in the South this year. There are some tough teams in the South like Bay Springs and Taylorsville but I think we will be able to compete with them.”

Frey said the goal of the spring is to learn a new offense which will look a lot like what the Tornadoes ran after Frey took over.

“We will be 50-50 running and passing,” Frey said. “Asher will have three options – pass, hand off or run the ball. We can throw the ball. But when we get inside the 20, look for us to load up with three big running backs.”

Asher Morgan returns at quarterback. He has a talented group to work with which includes running back/receiver Lideatrick Griffin, receiver Kadarius Calloway and running back Deondre “The Bus” Fox.



The offensive line returns basically intact with one exception.

“We are looking for a center,” Frey said. “That is something we want to settle.”

The defense will be looking to replace four linebackers lost to graduation. Frey believes the Tornadoes have the people ready to step up. Steve Cheatham and Trent Hanna, who has joined Frey’s staff after spending the past seasons Union, will handle to the defense.

The Tornadoes’ first action of the 019 season will be in the Louisville jamboree on August 16 against an opponent to be named. Philadelphia opens the season at home against Center Pointe, Ala., out of Birmingham.