Weekend jamborees good appetizer for prep football

First and goal - American FootballBY BRANDON SPECK
DAILY JOURNAL

The wins and losses start to count in two weeks. This weekend though is a good appetizer for the MHSAA football season.

A lot of teams are playing jamborees on Friday – New Albany at Kossuth and Tupelo at Itawamba included.

There are a lot of teams and a lot of games in Oxford and Starkville on Friday and Saturday.

At Mississippi State, there are six games Saturday, three featuring Journal area teams. Aberdeen faces Kosciusko at 11 a.m.

“We’re just sort of looking at some new faces, to see how they respond. That’s the biggest thing we’re going to be doing,” Aberdeen coach Mark Bray said.

There are plenty of chances for the Bulldogs to watch, too. Three teams on their regular schedule are playing, including new division foe Louisville taking on Class 5A favorite West Point at 1 p.m. Aberdeen also plays Noxubee County and New Hope this fall.

Class 4A champion Noxubee faces Northwest Rankin at 3 p.m. The day’s final game features New Hope vs. defending Class 5A champion, now 6A Starkville.

Winning matters, sort of.

“Yeah, and no,” Bray said. “We’re going to be real vanilla. You won’t see just a whole lot. Of course we’re not going down there to lose either.”

“We’ve got all new running backs. We want to see how they respond. We’ve got a good idea. Saturday is sort of to confirm or make us start searching again,” Bray said, then laughed.

The Oxford/Ole Miss Jamboree will feature two days of games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Three games on Friday will begin with Oxford vs. Corinth at 4 p.m. Potts Camp and Okolona play at 6.

North Pontotoc and Saltillo play a ninth-grade game at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the varsity teams meeting at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., Senatobia and Baldwyn will play.

The only other area game is at 9 p.m., with Falkner vs. Marshall Academy.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com