You might find this new feature slightly informative and/or amusing. Then again, maybe you like to be surprised when you pick up your paper each morning (if so, read no further). Thought I’d give y’all a glimpse of what we’re working on this week. Remember, though, plans are subject to change.
• Ingomar’s Norris Ashley is coaching just the boys this season, having given up the girls job. The Falcons host Pine Grove tonight, and Gene Phelps will provide coverage.
• I talked today with Marshall Academy quarterback Brent Adams, brother of Ole Miss QB Seth Adams. Brent is having a much better season. His Patriots (9-1) host Canton Academy in a Class AA first-round playoff game Friday. The younger Adams is a cerebral type, but he relies on instinct, too. We’re shooting for this to run Thursday.
• Our guest for NeMiss Scouting Report this week will be Mac McCurry, coach of the 10-0 Ripley Tigers, the Journal’s No. 1-ranked small school. Ripley hosts Amory in a Class 3A first-round playoff game. The interview will be posted Thursday morning.
• Baldwyn football coach Jimmy Dillinger will lead his team into a Class 2A first-round playoff game against Ackerman, which happens to be coached by his middle son, Adam Dillinger. The men differ in coaching styles – Jimmy is more reserved – but both are extremely competitive. Adam credits his father with passing on to him a passion for winning. This will run Thursday or Friday.
• Lafayette County and Shannon will meet for the second time this season in a Class 4A playoff tilt in Shannon. In Oxford on Sept. 7, Shannon won 21-5. This will be our Game of the Week feature on Friday’s high schools page.
• Expect a blitz of football coverage – wow, that was cheesy – in Saturday’s Journal.