'Big one' slated for Baldwyn

The Saltillo High football team is off to its best start in several years, and will be looking to go 3-0 this Friday when it takes on area rival Baldwyn.
The Tigers haven’t won more than two games in a season since 2004. Meanwhile, the defending Class 2A champion Bearcats will be looking for their first win of 2009 after dropping a 14-6 contest to Booneville on Friday.
“It’s going to be a big one,” May said. “Our kids, I expect them to pick up their level of play.
“They’ll get after Baldwyn and Baldwyn will get after us.”
Speaking of rivalries, the Lafayette County-Oxford rivalry should not go unmentioned, even if the schools are no longer division rivals.
Oxford has moved up to 5A, while the Commodores have stayed put in Division 2-4A. The two teams will meet Friday night at Lafayette High School.
‘Still gotta play’
“We still gotta play them,” Lafayette County coach Anthony Hart said before the start of this season. “Whether it’s for our division or non-division, it’s going to be a hard ballgame; it’s going to be tough.”
Another intriguing matchup of area teams on Friday will be Aberdeen’s visit to Pontotoc. The Bulldogs are the Daily Journal’s top-ranked Class 3A team; the Warriors, who are coming off a 42-13 thrashing of South Pontotoc, have taken over the fifth spot in the Journal’s large school rankings.
Also coming off an impressive win on Friday is Itawamba AHS, which dismantled Amory 49-7 at the new Indian Stadium.
This week, the Indians will travel to Tupelo to take on a Golden Wave team that suffered a season-opening 28-17 loss to New Hope on the road.
The Itawamba starters sat out the second half against Amory after gaining a 49-0 advantage by halftime.

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