From high school football and volleyball, to SEC football, there is plenty of action from the sports world to keep even the most laid back of sports enthusiasts busy and entertained.
Join me for the next few minutes as I take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week … and beyond.
I’ll even offer my opinions on where your favorite prep or college team seems to be heading.
Three weeks in and still no clear-cut favorite
For this portion I’m referring to high school football. And believe me, it’s been a season of surprises as well as disappointments so far for certain squads.
Shall we begin with the Corinth Warriors, who just had their chin guards tested mightily by the highly-rated Tupelo defense. The score doesn’t matter anymore, although I will say that I hope these young Warriors put the loss to the Golden Wave on the ‘Smurf Turf’ behind them and don’y let the after-shocks linger. I know personally what it’s like to get shellacked by a team you felt you could beat. But in all honesty, Corinth had only practiced once over a two week period prior to the game and had a walk-through the day before the contest, so it wasn’t fair to expect the 4A Warriors to travel to Lee County and upset the stingy Wave.
I have a feeling this junior-laden CHS squad will rebound this week, and they better with a very good Houston team coming to. The Hilltoppers pasted Shannon 49-6 last week.
Another area club that has had its fair share of disappointment is Kossuth. The Aggies are 1-2 with the victory coming by forfeit. Their two losses were by one point apiece in games they had a chance to win against Baldwyn and Ripley. The Aggies upcoming opponent, Tishomingo County, is reeling right now following a 46-point home loss to Baldwyn, the same Bearcats team that defeated KHS in week one. If I know anything about Kossuth coach Brian Kelly, his kids are always well prepared (win or lose) and they play hard. That is most times a formula for success. Will there be another one-sided game in Iuka this Friday in favor of the Aggies or will the same Braves team that rallied to beat Belmont two weeks ago show up again? We shall see.
Don’t blink because the only unbeaten squad in the DC coverage area is Alcorn Central at 3-0. All three victories have been of the one-sided nature but the opponent quality jumps two or three notches this Friday when the Golden Bears host perennial powerhouse Smithville in their home opener.
I look for Biggersville to rebound this week, although getting by Walnut will be no easy task. If this game had been played last year, with all the star power both teams possessed, I would have literally paid to see it.
And I get in free.
Volleyball teams setting up for home stretch
Area volleyball teams seeking to advance to the MHSAA playoffs and make a run at a state title, just like Walnut did last year, will be stepping up their games over the next four weeks as the season hits the turn and heads for home.
The No. 1 (3A) Alcorn Central Lady Bears, despite a forfeit loss to Kossuth Tuesday due to being in quarantine, are still the cream of the crop in the Daily Corinthian coverage area. However, that does not mean they are the best shot to win a state title.
But don’t try telling that to coach Eric Lancaster’s club.
Walnut will make another strong bid in 2A while Kossuth is primed for their first trip to the post-season if they can win out, including their rematch with Mantachie the final week of the regular season.
Other squads that could find themselves in the playoffs are the recently recharged Biggersville Lady Lions as well as Tishomingo County. The Lady Braves have dealt with injuries to key players all season, including a season-ending leg injury to their best player. But despite all that coach Brian Middleton’s squad can earn the No. 2 seed in Region 1-4A if they can get by Corinth twice in the next two weeks.
Rebels, Bulldogs impressive so far
‘So far’ is the key phrase here as Ole Miss and Mississippi State have each started 2-0 but it’s Lane Kiffins bunch that are ranked among the nations top 20 teams, checking in as high as number 16 this week while Mike Leach’s squad is receiving votes.
Both have shown defensive chops. However, the Rebels offense is purring much louder and smoother, scoring at a 47 points per game clip while State is averaging 30.
The Bulldogs will be in Memphis to play the Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Saturday while Ole Miss will entertain a dangerous Tulane club with Alabama sitting out there in two weeks following an open date on Sept. 25.
I don’t believe we’ll se the Rebels or ‘Dogs among the top-5 nationally like we did in 2014 but one or both could spend significant time in the polls if they just – to borrow a line from former Raiders owner Al Davis – “just keep winning baby.”