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Scrimmage Builds Comradery for Laurel and Prentiss

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Laurel and Prentiss high schools break stride in their offseason workouts to have a little friendly competition.

"It's just fun to go against somebody else and compete. A lot of these kids make friendships, and in South Mississippi all the coaches know each other, so it's a fun time for all of us," says Laurel head football coach Todd Breland.

"A lot of the kids like doing that. We tell them if they come out and work out, and then we'll take them to 7-on-7 so they can have a chance to leave Prentiss and have a little fun," says Prentiss head football coach Tim McNair.

But offseason scrimmaging is not all about fun.

"Intense - it's still intense," says Laurel wide receiver Milton Smith.

That's because the players rise to the challenge of playing against outside competition.

"Anytime you bring somebody else in, it (improves) the competition level, and kids like playing against somebody else," says Breland.

"By us coming out to another school and stuff, it's just like a game atmosphere, so they can understand what's going on," says McNair.

But even more than heightened competition, McNair says scrimmaging local opponents serves another purpose for him.

"Yeah that's what 7-on-7 is for. They're out there making miraculous plays in shorts, and you do have a lot of all-Americans in shorts and t-shirts, and you put them in pads to see if they can do the same thing."

Mississippi high school football teams are allowed to begin practicing with helmets on August 5th.

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