Week three preparations will begin today and for some teams the outlook is solid but for a handful of others it could be a tough eight weeks ahead. With two weeks already gone in the 2009 football season there are signs that several teams will distance themselves from the pack as the halfway point of the season gets closer.
Here are a few observations from a novice football fan…………..
*Centreville is alive and well. The Tigers shut the Parklane Pioneers down in the second half as they came from behind in dramatic fashion to win in McComb 22-21. It can be easily said that opening the season on the road at Oak Forest and then at Parklane could be the toughest two games on their schedule. The Tigers’ remaining away games are at ASC, WCCA, Adams Christian and Bowling Green in week six. They have Brookhaven, Trinity and Central Private at home in the second half of the season and barring any significant injuries, coupled with the fact that sophomore quarterback Cliff Hurst will only improve each week, the champs could be sitting at 10-1 come November.
*The #1 ranked Lamar Raiders had a bittersweet win Friday night at home over Starkville. Lamar lost two starting offensive linemen to knee injuries in the first quarter and head coach Mac Barnes was visibly upset with what appeared to be questionable hits.
*The Alpha Christian vs Russell game was cancelled Friday night due to a large number of kids suffering from the flu. It was also reported that Ben’s Ford has been hit hard this past week.
*For those that like to keep up with it, the battle of the running backs, in AA particularly, will be heating up as competition stiffens.
*There were, in my humble opinion, some surprises of sorts this past Friday night. Brookhaven went to Gallman and totally destroyed Copiah in the “Goat Bowl” 47-12. Now honestly….did anyone call this outcome? It’s apparent that Brookhaven has overcome the loss of a handful of key players by their performance against the Colonels. Central Hinds may very well be a sleeper team this season. The Cougars have outscored their opponents 76-0 after two weeks. The challenge will be just a bit different this Friday night as the Lamar Raiders visit. Big win for Hillcrest on Friday night after the Cougars got spanked 40-0 by Central Hinds to open the season. Hillcrest topped Adams Christian 28-12.
*Must win games this week? Obviously Winston must bring home a win against Sylva-Bay. Columbia will host Wayne Academy Friday night then the Cougars have Simpson, Bowling Green and Oak Forest. A win against Wayne to push CA to 2-1 is vital. Prairie View plays at Silliman this week. Both squads need a win badly as the schedule toughens up in week four.
*District 2AA is 1-7 after two weeks of play. While many thought this was the weakest district overall, I don’t think most thought the only win would come from Carroll Academy. District 4AA is 8-2 as week three approaches.
*The “Shout Out” list grows each week and while I do my best to get stats and information there are some teams where finding anything is nearly impossible. I do get emails, faxes and text messages with tidbits each week.
*Speaking of text messages…….I received 113 text messages Friday night from 6:30pm until midnight. Keep em coming! I do my best to forward scores and post them here as soon as I get them.
See ya somewhere…………….
Regarding the "questionable hits" of the Lamar players. Film will show that the first injury was a straight block to the chest area, nothing in the back, below the waist, etc. Unfortunately, the player's knee somehow gave way. Nothing "questionable" about that. The second injury appeared to be caused by another one of Lamar's players hitting his own team mate.
September 3, 2009 11:14 AM