Wave debuts blue turf today

golden_wave_tupelo_boys_varsity_baseball_spring_12-13By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

Tupelo’s first work on its blue artificial-turfed Renasant Field will be in tonight’s second game.

The Golden Wave (1-0), which hosts Center Hill (0-1) at 7, had hoped to practice on its game field Thursday, but workers were putting the finishing touches on playing surface.

“Turf’s turf and a football field is a football field,” Golden Wave offensive assistant John Keith said, following Tupelo’s walk- through practice. “There will be a little bit of excitement because it’s new. We’ll be excited about our first home football game.”

Tupelo defeated Lafayette 20-0 in last week’s season opener in Oxford.

“We’ve already experienced what it’s like to play on artificial turf,” nose guard Jamal Wren said, referring to Lafayette’s turfed field. “It’s not any different, other than the color. It’s all the same.”

Wren’s Golden Wave defense has the task of containing Center Hill quarterback Danterius Ellington, who passed for 279 yards and rushed for 149 in his team’s 34-24 loss to Horn Lake.

“He’s dangerous, a play-maker,” defensive coordinator Lamar Aldridge said.

Others to watch

North Pontotoc at Ripley: Two of Northeast Mississippi’s top first-year quarterbacks are featured – North’s Caleb Nelson and Ripley’s Tucker Childers.

Pontotoc at Saltillo: Tigers running back Diamante Pounds makes his 2014 home debut. He rushed for 178 yards, 2 TDs last week at DeSoto Central.

IAHS at New Albany: The visiting Indians’ secondary will be tested by the Bulldogs.