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First Friday

Braxton Melancon and his Tupelo Christian Eagles fell short against Marvell, Ark., on Friday.

Braxton Melancon and his Tupelo Christian Eagles fell short against Marvell, Ark., on Friday. (Photo by Shelby Daniel)

The sun was blazing hot, the air was muggy, and darkness brought with it thousands of tiny flying critters. Yes, it was Mississippi football in August.

Of course, I enjoyed it. I covered the season opener for Tupelo Christian, which lost to Marvell, Ark., 19-14. Other signs that it was August: players sucking wind in the first quarter, a cornerback losing his supper just before the play begins. And it was nice and muddy, but the TCPS field held together nicely.

Also, Hebron Christian took one on the chin from West Memphis. And here are Friday’s statewide scores.

Monday officially marks the beginning, for me anyway, of what will be a non-stop autumn season. The high school page returns on Thursday – it will appear on Fridays thereafter, but the number of Thursday games next week made moving it up sensible.

And don’t forget to pick up a Daily Journal tomorrow and check out our 56-page football magazine. Good stuf in there.

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