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Friday Night Football: 5 Games to Follow

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High school football season is its own holiday in Mississippi, and there’s a celebration every Friday night in town.

This week, though it is only week 2 of the season, there are 5 big rival games you’ll want to keep an eye on for some great high school football action.

Warren Central at Pearl

As it stands right now, both teams are undefeated, and the Pearl Pirates are ranked as the number one team in the state.

“But Warren Central won’t pay any attention to that,” said Dixon Williams, Sports Director for Telesouth Communications. “Because they beat them both times they met over the last two years. But this is in Pirate territory, so that may make a difference.”

Warren Central and Pearl will face off in Pearl starting tonight at 7pm. This is a non-conference game.

Oxford at Starkville

When you think of Oxford and Starkville, you may think Ole Miss and Mississippi State. But the Chargers and the Yellowjackets have a big rivalry game tonight that shows that the Rebs and Dawgs aren’t the only ones fueling a feud.

Oxford High has lost this game since 2013, and tonight the game is on Starkville turf. But Williams said that doesn’t mean a thing.

“The Little Egg Bowl–this is one of those rivalry games. It doesn’t matter about the record, or what anyone did last week or last year. It’s about who wants it bad enough tonight,” said Williams.

Both the Yellowjackets and the Chargers won their season openers last week. They play tonight at Starkville at 7pm.

West Point at Louisville 

Another matchup between two winning teams: West Point at Louisville. The Green wave will meet the Wildcats on the Gridiron with both teams celebrating blow out wins last week.

“This is another kind of a grudge match,” said Williams. “West Point has had a couple of good seasons the last couple of years and some people are coming back, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this one.”

West Point will meet Louisville at their home tonight at 7pm.

Hattiesburg at Laurel

While this game is Saturday, it isn’t expected to lose any attention. Both teams won last week as Hattiesburg defeated Petal, while Laurel took down Calloway.

But this longstanding rival could go either way.

“The battle for the Little Brown Jug,” said Williams. “This has been an interesting series, because record doesn’t matter. Whether you’re between the bricks in Laurel or at Patrick Stadium in Hattiesburg–it’s going to be a battle between those two and it will not be over until that final buzzer sounds.”

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