By NEMS Daily Journal
The Crosstown Classic will be televised this high school football season as a part of C Spire’s “Bright Lights” series.
When two-time defending MHSAA Class 4A champion Lafayette visits Oxford on Aug. 30 – a Thursday night – for their 42nd meeting, the rivalry game will be seen by more people than ever before.
“We think we have a really good rivalry, arguably one of best in the state,” Lafayette first-year coach Eric Robertson said. “It gives the rest of the state an opportunity to see it.
“This thing has gotten really big.”
Fox Sports South offers the broadcast to seven Southeastern states. Cellular South started the “Y’all vs. Us” high school series with Madison Central and Clinton on local NBC affiliates in 2009.
Robertson said they were contacted in February about the possibility. It will be the first of the four games to be aired on FSS.
“All my life, I’ve heard about some of the big rivalry games, Warren Central and Vicksburg, Brandon and Pearl, Magee and Mendenhall and there are plenty more,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “But by doing this, everybody can get a taste of what this one is all about.”
Richard Cross will handle the play-by-play and Matt Wyatt the color.
The other three Thursday night matchups include MAIS member Jackson Prep at Pearl on Sept. 13, Oak Grove at Petal on Sept. 27, and Picayune at Pascagoula on Oct. 4.
“We’re excited to get to participate in it. It’s good for the kids and the program and a chance for other schools around to see kind of what Oxford football is all about,” Hill said. “It’s really good for the community. It’s a big production.”