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Eupora travels to meet French Camp

August 28, 2014

French Camp might be the Panthers, but Eupora coach Junior Graham says he is expecting a “dog fight” when the teams take the field tonight.
“They really played Choctaw County tough,” Graham said. “(They) had some breaks go against them, but that game was a lot closer than the score indicated.”
The coach knows what he expects to see out of French Camp, but when it comes to his own team, he is a bit more reserved. The team may have been ranked fifth in Class 2A, but injuries have plagued the Eagles during the end of the offseason and opening game. Instead of letting it deter the team, Graham is hopeful the challenges will benefit them as it continues down the season’s journey.
“They say you improve the most between games one and two,” Graham said. “I hope that is the case. We have a lot of areas to sure up. We are not at full strength and playing musical chairs. It has been challenging, but it should make us better down the stretch.”
Kickoff in French Camp is set for 7 p.m., as well as other games in the area.
 
Noxapater (0-1)
at East Webster (1-0)
 
Seven days may not seem that long, but in football a great deal can take place in that short week.
As East Webster prepares to host Noxapater for game two, it's not focused on the fact that the Tigers are coming off a season opening loss to Eupora or the fact that they opened the season with a big road win over Vardaman.
Instead coach Doug Wilson said the Wolverines are working hard to prepare for group of athletes to enter Cumberland with a great amount of talent and a chip on their shoulder after dropping a one-point ballgame to East Webster at the beginning of last season.
“You hope you have the kinks worked out in the first game, but you realize everybody gets better that second game,” Wilson said. “We hope we have gotten better since last Friday. We know Noxapater will. They played a tough opponent last week and they will be ready for us. They are going to come in with the attitude to get us back.”
Wilson said the Tigers brings a lot to the table in the form of strong skilled players that will be difficult to contain, but there is one weapon the Wolverines are proud to have on their side tonight.
“We have been toughing the kids up all week to realize how important this game is,” Wilson said. “It is the first home game and everybody is excited to be back in Cumberland on the original campus. We have a great crowd that travels with us, but we like to be at home with the support.”
As with any sporting event at East Webster, the stands will be at capacity when the Wolverines welcome Noxapater to the field.
 
Choctaw County (1-0)
at Winona (0-1)
 
Thirty-seven points may have separated Choctaw County and French Camp last Friday when the teams left the field. Still coach Adam Dillinger and his Chargers are not getting cocky as they enter this week’s contest at Winona.
“Winona is real athletic,” Dillinger said. “They have a lot of good skilled guys that are fast and some really big linemen. Their linemen are probably as big a group as we will see all year.”
Dillinger and his players may know what the composition of the Tigers looks like, but when it comes to schemes, there is a bit of mystery due to the presence of new coach Joey Tompkins.
“They have a new coach so they are still learning different things in the system,” Dillinger said. “He is doing some good things with them. They are improving and it should really be a battle.”
As the game approaches, Choctaw County is making sure not to focus too much on what Winona does, but rather working to improve what it needs to do for success.
“As far as our kids, we just want to see execution and keep playing hard,” Dillinger said. “This is the second week so (we) should see big improvement from week one to week two. They played hard last week. They left the game knowing we are not where we need to be yet. They are not satisfied on just winning ball games. We have to grow each week and continue to improve.”
 
East Oktibbeha (0-1)
at McAdams (1-0)
 
Win or lose there is always something to learn in a game.
East Oktibbeha is taking that to heart.
The Titans are getting all they can out of the loss last week at Okolona.
“After the first game, we came back and revamped our thinking and a lot of things we did,” East Oktibbeha coach Kylan Tippett said. “We had to make some changes. After losing 40-8, we went back to the drawing board and came up with a couple different formations that will work for our guys.”
Tippett adds the new schemes and lineup tweaks seem to be paying off as “all this week practices have been great.”
When the Titans travel to face McAdams tonight, they will need all that strength they have been working on because the Bulldogs are taking the field following a high of defeating West Oktibbeha in game one.
The results last week might have been different for the two teams, but there are some similarities that exist between East Oktibbeha and McAdams.
“I know a little bit about them,” Tippett said. “They are probably as equal to us as we are to them. They are young in some areas. They are revamping and rebuilding their team. (It) should be a good, good matchup.”

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