Smith on Sports: Starkville, get ready for crazy

Danny P. Smith

Staff Writer

Are you ready for some football?

Whether you are ready or not, this town is about to explode with football action.

It’s going to be one of the busiest weekends Starkville has witnessed on the gridiron in quite some time. It's going to be crazy.

On Friday night, the West Point Green Wave play at Starkville High School, while just across Lynn Lane the Starkville Academy Volunteers host the Indianola Academy Colonels in a rematch of last year’s AAA State championship game.

The very next day Mississippi State opens the 2018 season and even though the matchup against Stephen F. Austin, there should be plenty of interest in the game because it will be the debut of head coach Joe Moorhead and his staff with the Bulldogs.

Before thinking about college football on Saturday, it's going to be one of the most anticipated nights of high school football for Starkville.

If the next matchup between the Vols and Colonels is anything like the state championship was last December, then those fans are in for a treat.

The two programs met twice last season.

After Indianola Academy defeated Starkville Academy 35-21 in a September matchup in the Delta, there were thoughts that the same two squads could meet again at some point in the playoffs.
That took place at Jackson Academy in November for the state championship.

The Vols rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit and showed a no-quit attitude in forcing overtime and earning a 21-14 victory. Anyone who was there will remember the post game monsoon that happened right in the middle of Starkville Academy's celebration.

That brings us to 2018 and the latest meeting between the two private school powerhouses.

Neither program seems to have dropped off very much since last year's championship runs and that probably means another close game could be presented at J.E. Logan Field.

It would not be surprising again to see an outing that comes right down to the wire with the margin of error being a very slim thing.

The same might be the case under the lights at Yellow Jacket Stadium not too far away.

There doesn’t have to be much said or written about clash between Starkville and West Point, which are two very proud communities that love its football.

Everyone knows the implications that go into any game between the Jackets and Green Wave. Usually they face off with undefeated records and that is the case again this year.

Starkville has defeated Noxubee County 30-6 and Oxford 56-7, while West Point has turned back Columbus 55-6 and Louisville 26-10.

The Yellow Jackets have scored 86 points in two games, while the Green Wave have gotten 81. Starkville has surrendered 13 points to opponents and West Point has allowed 16 points. There's not very much difference there.

With those things to consider, it should make for two very close and competitive contests in Starkville Friday.

For anyone who needs an appetizer, Choctaw County gets a jump on the other high schools in the area Thursday night by hosting Choctaw Central in Ackerman. On top of that, East Mississippi Community College opens its season against Hinds on the same night in Scooba if you want to make the drive down Highway 45 to see that.

It's should be a fun time for football around here the next few days. Enjoy.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and columnist for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SDN or its staff.