If Booneville can reel off a sixth straight win in tonight’s Skunk Bowl, then Baldwyn’s seniors will wrap a high school career without beating their biggest rival.
“I can say this is just like any other game, but it’s really not,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “Hopefully they’re very focused and we’ll have an opportunity to finally win against them.”
The losses haven’t been bad losses, 10 points the largest deficit, twice by eight and once by a point. The last time the Bearcats (1-0) beat the Blue Devils (1-0), Baldwyn went on to win the 2008 Class 2A championship. Gray is seeking his first head-coaching win against them.
Booneville coach Mike Mattox said this is the best Baldwyn team he’s seen in a while.
“Since the state championship,” Mattox said. “They don’t have any weaknesses anywhere.”
Booneville can send a third straight senior class out with a sweep of their Hwy. 45 neighbor.
“We never talk about that stuff,” Mattox said.
“We never try to play it like that. I’m sure some of the kids have thought that.”
Maybe the most dramatic win came two years ago after the skunk scampered across the Latimer Park field, thus renaming the game Skunk Bowl and developing a trophy for the winner of the already-intense series.
The skunk even overshadowed Andrew Lambert’s 84-yard interception return that capped a 20-point comeback in a 28-27 win – right after the skunk streaked through.
For a win, Baldwyn may consider trading the national attention that game got. But is the skunk preparing for another cameo?
“I actually saw the skunk about a month ago,” Gray said. “It was kind of funny. On our end of the field. It was walking across. I took a picture of it.”