Change of plans: Louisville decides to move preseason jamboree to SHS

Starkville High School head football coach Chris Jones, left

Staff Writer

A change of plans has Starkville High School set to host a big weekend on campus beginning Friday night as football kicks off in the form of preseason jamborees.

Due to rain and storms in the forecast over the next couple of days, Louisville High School has decided to move its previously scheduled jamboree to Yellow Jacket Stadium's turf field.

SHS officials were happy to put their stadium, and turf, up for the weekend as a total of five games will be played during the next two days.

“We were going to play regardless of where it was, but it makes sense to play on turf with the weather conditions being what they are,” Jacket head coach Chris Jones said. “I can understand (Louisville) not wanting to mess their field up. It makes a lot of sense on that end.”

SHS is set for a big test in its jamboree game as it caps off the weekend with a matchup against Louisville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Though Jones mentioned several of his players will sit out for precautionary reasons, it’s still a game that’s important to many Jacket players as the rivalry between the two schools is rekindled somewhat.

The rest of the games will also feature key matchups between teams that routinely compete for state championships.

The weekend kicks off tonight as Jones’ previous football program at Kemper County matches up with West Lowndes at 5:30 p.m. Greenwood and defending Class 4A State champions Noxubee County will finish off Friday with a ball game set for 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, an afternoon of events begins at 3:30 p.m. as Class A’s three-time state champion Simmons takes on Newton. Game two of the day has Newton playing again and they’ll go up against Leake Central at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Simmons will play Leake Central before leaving the festivities with Louisville and Starkville.

Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for students. 

The jamboree prepares the Jackets for their quest back to the state championship as they hope to avenge a tough title game loss from a year ago.

After Saturday, SHS prepares for game week and the first part of its schedule as it hosts Noxubee County next Friday night.