From high school football to high school basketball and even collegiate football, there is no shortage of topics to banter about this week.
And then there were two
Before last Fridays kickoff’s there were four prep football teams remaining in the Daily Corinthian coverage area: Corinth, Biggersville, Booneville and Walnut.
Of those the latter two lost their games while the Warriors and Lions scored more points than their opponents and won. To their credit, Walnut came so close to winning and advancing that they literally could almost reach out and touch victory. However, a failed two-point conversion in the second overtime of their 52-50 road loss at East Webster cost them the opportunity to play Calhoun City in a third round game this Friday.
I listened to the Wildcats/Wolverines shootout on Mixlr (for those not tech savvy, Mixlr is an online radio app where you can listen to your favorite schools games on live stream) and became so intrigued by the flow of the contest that I missed a couple of plays of the Corinth/West Lauderdale game, which I was covering in-person.
Props to the WHS Mixlr broadcast crew for painting a great game picture with their play by play call. I actually felt as if I were in Maben at the game. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that the Wildcats will be saying goodbye to one of their finest players ever in TJ Colom II. East Webster head coach Ron Price, a class act himself, ran onto the field following the final play to console an emotional Colom who sat on the ground, head in his hands, crying over the end result. It just goes to show how much these games mean to these young men.
The Blue Devils simply lost to a better team in Noxubee County. At least the Tigers were better on Friday according to BHS head coach Mike Mattox. As he told me previously, “There’s no shame in losing to a better team, especially if you give it everything you have.”
And Booneville did just that.
Corinth and Biggersville each won, allowing them to live to play another game. For the Warriors, it has become somewhat customary this season to rally from behind and claim victory. I wouldn’t put them in the ‘cardiac kids’ category just yet but they’re hanging around in that neighborhood.
The Lions main concern against West Lowndes was coming out rusty, having not played a game in three weeks. And that proved to be the case..in the second quarter.
It’s odd for a team to dominate the first quarter of a playoff game and then struggle in the second after a long layoff but that’s exactly what happened with head coach Stan Platt’s squad. Yes, they won 36-14 but the final score was closer than the actual game was.
Now both Alcorn County teams turn their attention to this Fridays opponents. The Warriors will be at Itawamba AHS to face the Indians in a “Battle of the Tribes” while the Lions will host TCPS..again.
Biggersville defeated the Eagles 46-21 on opening night, September 4. They will need another similar performance, especially on defense, if they hope to sweep their old division foe and advance to the North Half finals where, most likely, two-time defending 1A state champion Nanih Waiya will be waiting.
COVID affecting hardwood teams
For starters, both Kossuth boys and girls squads are currently in quarantine and likely won’t play another game until after the Thanksgiving break.
As for Corinth, the girls are playing but the boys simply aren’t able right now.
“We just don’t enough to play a game right now,” said head coach Keith Greene of his defending 4A North Half runner-up team. As usual several starters and key bench players are on the Corinth football team at present.
The only unbeaten’s in the area to this point are the Kossuth girls (1-0) and the Alcorn Central boys (3-0).
The Biggersville High School ‘BIGG Girls Classic’ one-day tournament is still on for this Saturday, Nov. 12 with two less games. That’s because Kossuth and Tupelo were forced to withdraw due to COVID issues. The Lady Wave were set to play once-beaten Tishomingo County in the finale so TC is out as well having no opponent. The event was scheduled for nine games and will now be a seven-game slate.
Could the Egg Bowl be played this week?
As of Monday afternoon, word from Oxford and Starkville was that the two rivals could reschedule the annual Egg Bowl for this weekend since both teams are supposedly healthy.
The Rebels scheduled opponent this week, Texas A&M, had already postponed the game due to COVID concerns while Georgia and Mississippi State’s scheduled opponent is also facing the same issue. The only difference between UGA and A&M is that the Aggies have already made the move to postpone. Georgia, as of this writing, has not ... at least not officially.
Whether the Egg Bowl is played this week, or on Nov. 28 as originally scheduled, this years battle for the Golden Egg is certain to be a contrast in styles as well as results.
Ole Miss is averaging 41 points per game offensively (third in the SEC) while allowing 40 per game (last in the SEC). The Bulldogs are scoring at a 16 points per game clip while giving up 28 per game defensively.