Cleveland High (0-1)
The West Bolivar High School Eagles and the Cleveland High Wildcats will be battling in the annual “Battle of Bolivar County” at Mickey Sellers Stadium Friday night.
The Wildcats and Eagles are both looking to rebound from tough losses last week. The Wildcats committed six turnovers in their 28-6 loss to Humphreys County in Belzoni, while the Eagles had a difficult time making tackles on defense in their 33-0 loss to the Charleston Tigers.
The Wildcats were held to just 119 yards of offense last week with Dillon Norwood scoring the team’s only touchdown. Norwood and Ricky Williams played well for the Wildcats defensively.
The Eagles had two running backs step up with senior Leonardo Brown and freshman Greg Robb rushing for 46 and 45 yards respectively against Charleston. Defensive backs Keenan Neal and Deguadereck Rice played well for the Eagles last week.
West Bolivar currently has the series lead at 16-14-1.
Kickoff for the game in Cleveland is set for 7 p.m.
East Side (1-0) at
John F. Kennedy (0-0)
The East Side Trojans and the John F. Kennedy Hornets will battle each other for the first time since 2010 Friday night at C.V. Thurmond Field in Mound Bayou.
In that meeting three years ago, the Trojans edged out the Hornets 7-6. Historically, both teams have had great battles with each other and plenty of excitement will circulate around this game.
Last week, the Trojans opened their season with an impressive 32-12 win over the Shaw Hawks. Taquille Eatmon led the Trojans’ ground attack last week with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, followed by Barron Burns with 50 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
The Trojans’ defense also held Shaw to just 127 yards of offense. Burns recorded a sack, blocked a punt and return an interception for a touchdown to lead the Trojans. He also recorded four tackles. Adrian Gooden and Caleb Silas recorded eight and seven tackles respectively last week.
The Hornets will be playing in their season opener. Quarterback Ladaris Johnson and wide receivers Carnez Gant and Ricky Fleming will be counted on to lead the Hornets.
Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m.
Leland (1-0) at
The Shaw High School Hawks will be looking for their first win of the season when they host the Leland High School Cubs Friday night in Shaw.
The Hawks lost to the East Side Trojans 32-12 in Cleveland last week. The Hawks racked up 127 yards last week and will be looking to get better play out of their guys this week. On defense for Shaw, senior Lerandel Allen proved to be a big bright spot as he tallied 11 total tackles with a sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble against East Side.
Leland opened its year last week with a 41-12 victory over Ray Brooks.
Kickoff for the game will be at 7:30 p.m.
at Bayou (1-0)
The Bayou Academy Colts will open the home portion of the schedule when they host the DeSoto School Thunderbirds Friday night in Cleveland.
The Colts opened up their season in impressive fashion last week when they defeated Carroll Academy 25-0 in Carrollton. The Colts were led on offense by Tyler Kitchings who completed 9-of-18 passes for 133 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown. The performance on defense turned out to be a total team effort as William Hood, Josh Duraj, Davis Dalton, John Thomas Davis, Jordan Coopwood, Weber Herbison, Christian Collins, Parker Caston, Andrew Rogers, Ashton Ouzts and Turner Davis made key plays.
DeSoto won its season opener with a 54-0 win over Marvell last week in Helena, Ark.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
Ruleville (0-1) at
Broad Street (0-0)
The Broad Street Jaguars will open their football season Friday when they host the Ruleville Central Tigers.
Broad Street running backs Demarcus Alexander and Richard Horn have been looking good running the ball. Alexander has also looked good on defense at linebacker, while Devonte Brown has looked strong on the offensive line.
Ruleville opened its season last year with a 42-20 loss at the hands of the West Tallahatchie Choctaws.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
O’Bannon (0-1) at
Ray Brooks (0-1)
The Ray Brooks Tigers will try to get that first win of the season when they host the O’Bannon Greenwave Friday night in Benoit.
The Tigers will try to rebound from last week’s 41-12 loss at the hands of Leland. Despite the loss, the Tigers were able to move the ball as they racked up 222 yards of total offense. Junior Syderrick Maiten had a good game throwing the ball by completing 6-of-11 passes for 141 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Senior Jamarcus Marshall was Maiten’s primary receiver as he caught four passes for 130 yards with two touchdowns. Sophomore Tevin Carter led the Tigers’ defense last week with 11 tackles.
O’Bannon will try to rebound from its 12-0 loss at the hands of Coahoma AHS.
Friday’s showdown is set for 7 p.m.
Mount Salus (1-0) at
North Sunflower Academy (0-1)
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels will try to get on the winning track when they host the Mount Salus Christian School Eagles Friday night in Drew.
The Rebels suffered a tough loss to open the season at the hands of Briarfield Academy 42-6. The only points scored by NSA came on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ronny Henley to Jerry Mitchell.
The Eagles defeated Central Academy 38-30.
Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.