TUPELO, SHANNON TO RENEW FOOTBALL RIVALRY IN AUGUST
By Parrish Alford
After a one-year break, Tupelo High School and Shannon High School will renew their football rivalry this season.
The two will play a Mississippi High School Activities Association building fund game Friday, Aug. 30 at Tupelo High at 7 p.m. They last met in 1994 before a standing room-only crowd at Shannon.
“We’re not going to have a bad team,” Tupelo coach James Sloan said. “We’ll be as big and as physical as we’ve been since I’ve been here. What worries us is foot speed at the skill positions and experience. We lost a lot of kids that could play.”
Tupelo and Shannon made the state semifinals in their respective classes last season, both finishing 10-3. Each lost to the eventual state champions, which came from their own divisions. The Golden Wave was beaten by Starkville, while Shannon lost to Amory.
“This is one of those games where we’d have to play real well (to win), and they’d have to make some mistakes,” Shannon coach Mike Scott said.
Scott played down the rivalry hoopla.
“It’s important to Shannon and to Tupelo people,” he said. “To us, it’s just the first game against a quality opponent. We’ve got eight division games next year.”
Sloan also sees the Class 3A Red Raiders as a quality opponent.
“They will be as good a football team as we will play all year,” said Sloan, a former Shannon player. “They’ve got a lot of people back on offense, including a kid named Romaro Miller (quarterback) who can beat you by himself. He’s got some kids he can throw to, and they’ve got eight coming back on defense.
“They’ll be a good team.”