Week One Offers Prime Time, Showtime, Debuts and More

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Week one of Mississippi High School Football is finally here and for most Mississippians it’s like Christmas in late August.

It’s been a super busy offseason for Mississippi High School football with coaching changes (eight in 6A alone), classification changes and more, but now it’s time to play football.

Here’s what’s on tap for week one; so get to your stadium of choice early, grab something cool to drink and get ready to cheer on your favorite player or team. These weeks fly by so soak up every play and create new memories.

Also make sure you head right here to get your free digital copy of the 2015 Mississippi Gridiron Annual.

 Championship Environment Bombards Clinton Thursday Night:

It doesn’t get any bigger than Thursday night down in Clinton, as Lance Pogue and the South Panola Tigers take on the Clinton Arrows, coached by Judd Boswell.

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Clinton Arrow Cam Akers

People have been talking about this game for over nine months and it is finally here. A capacity crowd will be on hand to watch arguably the two best teams in 6A football strap it on, in what could be the first of two meetings this year.

If you have a ticket, get there early and if you don’t, per Clinton High School you better get one before noon on Thursday because they will not sell tickets after lunch.

Please RT – We will not sell tickets after noon tomorrow (Thursday) for the Arrows vs. South Panola football game.

It’s Akers and the Arrows verses Drelan Porter and the Tigers in a week one championship type showdown in Hinds County. Panola is ranked number one in our MSGridiron Big 10, while Clinton checks in at number four.

The Peterson Era Begins in Madison:

Brad Peterson and his Madison Central Jaguars travel to Meridian to take on the number two Wildcats and there may not be a harder debut for a head coach in the state.

Meridian boasts four players in our Super 25 and has expectations boiling over Lauderdale County.

Madison Central head football coach and Athletic Director Brad Peterson - Photo courtesy of clarionledger.com
Madison Central head football coach and Athletic Director Brad Peterson – Photo courtesy of clarionledger.com

For the Jags, it’s all about getting back to that championship level that is expected over on the Parkway. Quarterback Jack Walker and Madison have a non-region slate that is second to none as they play Meridian, Brandon, Oxford, South Panola and West Monroe – just to start the season.

It’s two big time programs with two uber successful coaches that know each other well, getting together again over at Ray Stadium on Friday night in Meridian.

 Golden Triangle Showdown:

Fifth ranked Starkville and new head football Ricky Woods travel down Highway 45 a short drive to tangle with Tyrone Shorter’s Tigers of Noxubee County, who rank ninth in our preseason Big 10 poll.

Noxubee---Jeffrey-Simmons

If you want to see athletes galore and great football, this is the game you want to see. Both programs have immense history and success on the football field and while they both play in different classifications, this should be one of the best games to open the 2015 High School football season.

South 6A Showdown in Brandon:

The Tyler Peterson era begins Friday night at Lewis Gene Strickland Field in Brandon as the Bulldogs host coast power Ocean Springs. Ryan Ross’s Greyhounds went 11-2 last year and return a core group of Hounds that made the playoffs a year ago.

New Brandon head football coach Tyler Peterson
New Brandon head football coach Tyler Peterson

Peterson will be breaking in new quarterback Brady Anderson and looking to his defense to set the tone for his team in the early part of the season. This will be only the fourth meeting ever between these two schools.

Calhoun City Looks to Finish in 2015:

Perry Liles Calhoun City Wildcats have won back to back north 2A Championships, but have come up short in their quest to become a state champion. Three times could be the charm in 2015, but they have their hands full right out the gate with Johnny Jackson’s Pirates of Coffeeville. Coffeeville went 12-3 a year ago in 1A and look to build on last year’s success.

Like Noxubee and Starkville, this is an out of classification contest, but don’t let that fool you. Both of these clubs are very well coached and it should be a Jim-Dandy football game in North Mississippi Friday Night.

These are just a few of the big high lights for this week as the state is chopped full of storylines and great games.

So get out this weekend and do yourself a favor and enjoy some Mississippi High School football. You will not regret it.