Area football preview capsules

East Webster's Malcolm Jones
By: 
ROBBIE FAULK
Staff Writer

There always seems to be that little bit of worry in the minds of coaches when their teams take on a homecoming opponent.
There are countless distractions during the week that tend to take the players’ minds off the ball game.
According to head coach Doug Wilson, that’s not the case with East Webster this week.
The Wolverines have every reason to be distracted after their big win over Houston last week and homecoming activities throughout the week. They’re just as ready as they have been mentally. Physically, that’s still a work in progress.
“They’re pretty focused but pretty sore,” Wilson said. “We’re still doing ice baths after practice every day so I had to back off this week and not practice as long. Hopefully, they’ll be ready (tonight).”
Tonight the Wolverines bring in 0-2 Ray Brooks that have been outscored 79-8 in its first two games of the season. A chance for an upset is very slim and East Webster is ready for the rest of the season after its test in the first half against the Hilltoppers last Friday.
 
J.Z. George at Eupora
 
Head coach Ben Burton at J.Z. George knows plenty about Eupora as Burton is a Choctaw County native.
In his second year as head coach of the Jaguars, he’s going to be ready for first-year head coach Stephen Edwards and the Eagles.
From here on out, everyone will have to be ready for the Eagles, though. With Edwards at the helm, this Eupora team is the real deal and showed it again last week when they knocked off rival Choctaw County 22-7 to improve to 4-0 this year.
 
Choctaw County at Houston
 
The Chargers continued to try and find their identity last week as they dropped their second-straight game against a Webster county school.
The old Eupora/Ackerman rivalry came back to life last week and the Eagles took the upper hand and stayed undefeated while dropping Choctaw County to 0-4.
 
French Camp at Montgomery County
 
After a grueling first three games for the Panthers, they finally got a chance to get back down to Class A, but it wasn’t an easy ball game with district play starting last week against Sebastopol.
The Panthers used overtime to knock off the Bobcats and Luke McKnight shouldered the load all game. The senior quarterback had to throw 23 passes completing just seven of those for 83 yards and a touchdown while throwing an interception. He had a very successful game on the ground, however with 11 rushes for 119 yards and three scores.

For more details on each game, see Starkville Daily News high school writer Robbie Faulk's roundup in Friday's edition.

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