2008 Football Schedules

I’ve gathered up most of the area teams’ football schedules, with the exceptions of Holly Springs and Starkville. Here’s a PDF version (along with some college schedules). Hope you can read that; if not, you can find them in Sunday’s Journal.

So after combing through the schedules, I came up with 29 games to watch, games that kind of stood out at first glance. Enjoy.

Aug. 28 (Thursday)
• Booneville at Baldwyn: Features two of the area’s top backs, Booneville’s Bo Brown and Baldwyn’s Xzadrian Shelley.
• Calhoun City at Vardaman: A traditional clash between two Division 1-1A frontrunners. Let’s see what new Vardaman QB Gene Ruth can do against an always-tough defense.
Aug. 29
• Madison Central at Lafayette Co.: Bobby Hall’s boys, who made great strides during 2007, offer a stiff opening opponent for one of the area’s top 4A squads.
• Ripley at New Albany: Always a good game. New Albany’s first-time head coach, Ron Price, matches wits against proven winner Mac McCurry.
• Shannon at West Point: Man, what an opening weekend. This has turned into a fine rivalry in recent years.
Sept. 4 (Thursday)
• Vardaman at Bruce: Calhoun county foes tangle, and Bruce seeks revenge for last year’s upset loss.
Sept. 5
• Lafayette Co. at Shannon: Another tough one for the visiting Commodores, who seek revenge for a 21-14 first-round playoff loss last season.
Sept. 12
• New Albany at Baldwyn: These teams about broke the scoreboard last season in Baldwyn’s 54-44 win.
• Tishomingo Co. at Corinth: Highway 72 rivals get a good early litmus test. Both should be good this year (especially Corinth).
• Pontotoc at Ripley: This is Charlie Dampeer’s second year at Pontotoc, which means the Warriors should be a contender in Division 1-4A. Ripley offers a stout 3A challenge.
• Starkville at West Point: Always a dog fight, and it’s even more fun when played in the mud.
Sept. 19
• Winona at Aberdeen: I don’t know (yet) what Winona’s got back this year, but the winner should be considered Louisville’s top challenger in 2-3A.
• Baldwyn at Bruce: This was a classic triple-overtime thriller last year, with Bruce winning in a non-division 2A game.
• Corinth at Booneville: The 1-3A opener for both teams, and it could be the de facto division title game (Ripley will have a say, of course).
• Lafayette Co. at Oxford: Too bad they couldn’t play it on the final weekend, but that won’t diminish the Crosstown Classic’s luster.
Sept. 26
• Calhoun City at East Webster: Two 1-1A favorites square off. East Webster easily won the division last year en route to the North championship game.
• Ripley at Corinth: This too could be the de facto 1-3A title game. It’s again up for grabs this year.
Oct. 3
• East Webster at Vardaman: Another big 1-1A showdown. Look out for the Rams this year, even with a new coach (Justin Hollis).
• Tupelo at Starkville: For some reason, Starkville is a mystery to me every year. We know Tupelo is supposed to be good, and this is a good time to show how good.
Oct. 10
• Clarksdale at Lafayette Co.: I’m pretty high on Lafayette this year, and Clarksdale is always good. But the Wildcats lost some really good players.
• West Point at Kosciusko: West Point won a 17-14 decision in the 2007 regular season, but Kosy got payback in the 4A playoffs (42-28).
Oct. 17
• Aberdeen at Louisville: I thought the Bulldogs could give Louisville a run last year – they didn’t (41-7).
• South Panola at Tupelo: Is this the year Tupelo – somebody – finally gets over the hump against South Panola (75 and counting). I’ll believe it when I see it.
Oct. 24
• Bruce at Eupora: This game should decide the 2-2A race. It did last year, when Eupora won 16-7.
• Shannon at Itawamba AHS: I wonder how polished the team’s respective quarterbacks will be in this 1-4A matchup. Maikhail Miller, a sophomore, has no varsity experience for IAHS. Alex Thornton, who will probably win the Shannon job, proved a capable backup the past two years.
Oct. 31
• Amory at Aberdeen: The A-Game could have playoff seed implications. It always has pride implications.
• Booneville at Ripley: And this could be the de facto 1-3A title game.
• Itawamba AHS at Pontotoc: Pontotoc will probably have a chance to A) knock IAHS out of the top spot and B) improve its own seeding.
Nov. 7
• Tupelo at Olive Branch: This game could be especially huge if one of these teams has beaten South Panola.
• Playoffs: They begin for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A, as well as academies.

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  1. roastbeef1

    Tupelo will give SP a run but I think Collins will get in the way of them winning. As for Olive Branch, I could see them doing the unthinkable and beating SP this year. They seem to recruit out of Memphis very well and look to have gotten some really big time players on their squad for the season. Watching them on ESPN against Pahokee will be a good measuring tool as to what type of team they are.

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