Two full weeks of high school football and three for volleyball are in the books now as we wait and see if COVID-19 decides to get serious again and ruin the entire thing.
I know ... bite my tongue, right?
It’s been a fun start so far under difficult and unusual circumstances for the fall 2020 sports season.
Join me for a few as we take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week.
Virus affecting volleyball teams
Although widespread COVID-19 outbreaks have not affected the sports schedule, the virus has caused some turmoil among volleyball teams around northeast Mississippi.
Booneville has been under quarantine for two weeks and is scheduled to be released back into action on Wednesday. The Lady Blue Devils will have to reschedule the division match at Kossuth they missed Tuesday. They will also not be able to play their home match against Tishomingo County Thursday due to funeral services for a fellow student/athlete who died last week as the result of a car accident.
Another area team that was forced into a two-week quarantine is Pine Grove. As a result, a pair of matches against Biggersville, scheduled for last week, will need to be rescheduled.
Tishomingo County head coach Brian Middleton brought a depleted Lady Braves squad to play at Corinth Tuesday with a few key starters and reserves missing and in quarantine.
In addition, Nettleton volleyball and football teams are both in quarantine, at least for this week’s games.
For poll and rankings junkies, Alcorn Central and Corinth are both ranked in the top-10 in north Mississippi.
Football not so important this week
Sometimes life seems to be going along just fine and then all of a sudden it’s not.
The Booneville High School family suffered an unexpected tragedy last weekend when junior football linebacker/defensive back Logan Harr was killed as the result of an automobile accident just outside of Booneville on rain-soaked Hwy. 4.
“He was just taken too soon,” said head coach Mike Mattox on the loss of Harr. “He was set to start his first varsity game this week against Saltillo here at home. I just really don’t have the words. Right now football is not as important. This community has suffered a great loss and we’re grieving.”
Young men such as Harr are the ones that need to be revered because of their self-less and humble actions and attitudes. Mattox spoke of the kind of person Harr was, not complaining about not getting as much playing time as others and helping his teammates and fellow students in a servant-like fashion. He was well-known and respected for simple things like bringing water to tired teammates and giving encouragement to them on the sideline even though he wasn’t on the field.
Please keep the Harr family, as well as the entire Booneville High School family, in prayers in the coming days. I can’t imagine what losing a child must feel like. I lost my brother as the result of a car accident in 1998 when he was only 26 and I remember how deeply that cut me to my heart and soul.
But losing a child ... I simply can’t fathom it.
In a show of support for the Harr family, both emotionally and financially, special Logan Harr t-shirts were produced and sold this week. All football players, coaches, cheer squad, band, administrators and fans will be wearing the shirts inside Tiger Stadium Friday night when the Blue Devils welcome Saltillo to the “City of Hospitality.”
All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go directly to the Harr family.
As a side note, the other two passengers in the automobile accident that claimed the life of Harr – former player Davian Price and his younger brother Christian – were both treated and released from the hospital following the crash.
More football on the agenda
Week three of the local high school season (actually it’s week five for MAIS private schools and academies around the state) kicks off Thursday when Walnut plays Falkner in the annual “Joe Bowl” at Wildcat Stadium.
Walnut head coach John Meeks will lead his troops onto the field at WHS seeking their second straight win in the series and their fourth win in five seasons over their Tippah County rivals.
The Daily Corinthian Game of the Week features an Alcorn-County showdown as Kossuth visits Corinth on Senior Night. But there’s another game scheduled the same night, in the same county, that will likely be the best contest of the evening as Biggersville plays host to old nemesis Smithville.
The Lions have never beaten the Seminoles and will be in overdrive as they attempt to rid themselves of that fact. Not only is Biggersville more than capable of ending the Smithville streak, they are due with arguably the best team in school history.
And they’re extremely hungry.
Other games on the schedule Friday include Potts Camp at Alcorn Central, Saltillo at Booneville and Tishomingo County at Lewisburg.
Thrasher has an open date.
Cross country teams running strong
The 2020 cross country season is also well underway with the usual culprits leading the way.
Kossuth and Corinth have been among the top squads in early meets while Alcorn Central has shown vast improvement under first year head coach Samuel Holley.
Tishomingo County is also doing quite well in the early going.
All four squads will be running in the Saltillo Invitational on Saturday.
Kent Mohundro can be emailed at kmohundro@ dailycorinthian.com