Sportsline Summer Camp stopped in Hammond on the Fourth of July and the more things change, the more they stay the same.
It's been more than a decade since Atlanta Falcons star Robert Alford was wearing No. 3 in purple and white against Catholic High at Olympia Stadium.
This year's Tornadoes once again have talent in their secondary. Alford's teams were 2-8 and 3-7 and current head coach Steve Jones enters his second season trying to get Hammond to improve on a 1-9 mark from 2017.
At 7-on-7, Jones said the Tornadoes are not a spread offense that benefits much from these games from a scheme standpoint, but the competition showed us about this year's secondary making plays in coverage, including an interception off LSU recruit TJ Finley from Ponchatoula, the only team Hammond beat last year in its week 10 rivalry game.
"It's really just a competition; you want to see how your kids compete," said Jones. "Football’s about competing, so that's what we want our kids to get out here and compete and give us 100 percent. We should try to get the program turned around, get the kids going in the right direction. I think we're pretty much getting to that point. We feel like we were very competitive last year, so we expect to win a bunch of ball games this year. Defensively, we were very good last year and we got 10 of them back, so we got our secondary's really good. Tyrone Lewis has got about 12 offers right now, almost all of them D1 schools. He's kind of, I guess, our premier-type player, but we got a couple other guys. Arthur Ashton's a good DB, probably got some opportunities and quite a few other guys. We got some good defensive ends, so we're pretty strong on defense. We just have to get our offense tuned up a little bit so we can put some points on the board."
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