The Hammond Tornadoes are a team with nowhere to go but up as they had a tough time on offense with last year's 0-10 season, but changes and depth on defense are key.
Head coach Cecil Thomas only has 12 seniors back from that squad, although he does have a senior quarterback in Reed Roberts, who has lots of experience.
Thomas is moving Roberts, the son of Southeastern coach Ron Roberts, to running back, calling him the heart and soul of his team. Sophomore Amani Gilmore will be taking over the quarterback spot.
While Kenny McCray returns at receiver, the Tornadoes lost their biggest threat halfway through last year when senior Gary Robertson went down with an injury. Hammond only averaged 7 points a game down the stretch in district play.
The strength of this team is defense, where senior defensive ends Chris Turner and Davion May have Power 5 conference scholarship offers and Aaron Dokes is a big physical nose tackle in between.
Linebacker Colin Gaydos is another senior and one of nine starters back on defense, that also includes Tyrone Lewis in the secondary.
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