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Football clubs going through rehearsals
by H. Lee Smith II
Aug 15, 2014 | 333 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
They do keep score, but this weekend’s jamboree action is more of a final dress rehearsal for local high school football teams.

Play in the final weekend before the regular season began today for Booneville and Kossuth as the Blue Devils and Aggies took to the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Three games were played Friday in the Oxford/Ole Miss Fall Jamboree with host Oxford and South Panola set to go in the nightcap.

Booneville dropped a 30-0 decision to North Panola, while Kossuth rallied from 14 points down and had a chance to tie the game with no time on the clock in a 14-12 loss to New Albany.

Seven games are on today’s slate, including Corinth and Water Valley at 6 p.m.

“Anytime they turn the scoreboard on, you want to win,” said third-year Corinth Head Coach Doug Jones. “But we still have some open spots and this will give them an opportunity to compete for those spots.”

Corinth is 0-2 at Ole Miss, with losses to Hernando and Oxford, but 18-5 in games that count under Jones. Corinth and Water Valley played in the 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Warriors winning both.

Corinth’s annual Black and Red Scrimmage was washed out last Saturday, so today’s contest will provide Jones and his staff with a good evaluation tool.

“As far as film and evaluation goes, this replaces our scrimmage,” said Jones. “It will be another game that we can improve on.”

Regular season play opens locally on Friday with two intra-county battles. Alcorn Central hosts Biggersville, while Kossuth travels to Corinth.

Turf installation is complete at Warrior Stadium II. Jones noted the team could have practiced on the artificial surface on Friday, but the crew was still packing up equipment.

New goal posts, which will transform for soccer, were installed on Thursday. The play clocks are scheduled to be hung in both end zones on Monday.
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