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Olive Branch makes a change at the top

– Dallas Jackson,

After a decade of inconsistent results, Olive Branch (Miss.) High announced that it had relieved Scott Samsel of his head coaching duties.

Scott Samsel has been removed as head coach at Olive Branch.

Scott Samsel has been removed as head coach at Olive Branch.
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His 10-year stint as the head coach of the program resulted in a 106-27 record and a Class 6A championship in 2011. The championship season was the was the lone year that the Conquistadors finished ranked nationally at No. 30 in the HSFB100 despite being ranked during parts of each of the last six years but suffering upsets to end it season multiple times.

The move was announced by new principal Allyson Killough, who has recently taken over at that position after being in administration for six years at Olive Branch.

She told that it was simply time for change.

“I decided to go a different direction with our football program,” she said.

Samsel will finish out the year teaching history at the DeSoto County Alternative School and is likely to land another head coaching position within the state.

Killough announced immediately that Jeremy Toungett would take over the position.

“When given a chance to come home, he jumped at the opportunity and has worked as an assistant football coach at OBHS for four years,” she said. “He will continue Olive Branch High School’s great tradition of football.”

Toungett had been on the staff under Samsel after spending seven years within the Lee County School system in Alabama.

He attended Olive Branch before playing collegiate football for Auburn.

Olive Branch finished the 2013 season 7-5, losing four of its last six games after climbing into the national rankings by starting strong at 5-1 with a one-point loss against Longview (Texas) High.

Seven wins were the fewest in the tenure of Samsel and the five-losses tied for the most with his 2010 campaign which saw rival program Batesville (Miss.) South Panola claim a NSFB100 National Title.

About Dallas Jackson

Dallas Jackson is the national high school football analyst for He has been compiling the HSFB100 rankings since the 2007 season. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, American Football Monthly, among many others, and he was featured in the Frontline special, Football High.