It could be the biggest football meeting in DeSoto County this fall. But, won’t have region or district implications or playoffs on the line. It won’t even be a full four quarters of football.
But, as Jamboree Friday ahead of the 2018 high school season begins, two county teams expected to be among the best in their classification will clash on the gridiron, if only for a couple of quarters of football.
Horn Lake hosts Olive Branch Friday at 6 p.m. at Horn Lake High School in a jamboree meeting. Horn Lake coach Brad Boyette says the matchup was to be at Olive Branch, but it was moved to Horn Lake due to some construction happening there.
While no won-loss records are involved, fans will see two teams from DeSoto County who could do well on the road to the MHSAA playoffs this season.
Host Horn Lake will offer some future Division I college football talent, such as the nation’s top linebacker in Nakobe Dean, along with offensive threats like quarterback Raydarius Jones and lineman Matthew Williams. The Eagles are a top-ten pre-season pick in MHSAA 6A, last year finished 9-3 and reached the second round of the 6A playoffs.
Meanwhile, Olive Branch should be back strong in the MHSAA 5A mix with several returning players as seniors from a team that went from winless two years ago to a 12-2 record under coach Tyler Turner and a berth against eventual state champion West Point in the 5A North Half finals.
Elsewhere in DeSoto County sports, games that count have started in other sports, such as in volleyball. That’s where Olive Branch opened Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Senatobia, with set scores of 25-18, 25-18, 16-25 and 25-14. At the same time, Lake Cormorant, which reached the MHSAA Class II state finals last season before a five-set loss to Vancleve, opened this year with a 3-0 sweep of Southaven, now under new coach Courtnee-mae Clifford. Set scores were 25-12, 25-7, 25-7.
A Southaven alum, Terence Davis Jr., scored 18 points for his Ole Miss Rebels basketball team, as the senior guard helped defeat Concordia University of Montreal, Quebec 84-77 Monday as part of the team’s continuing trip of Canadian universities. Ole Miss, with new coach Kermit Davis, went to 2-0 for the trip.
Tuesday in high school girls soccer, Bayou Academy defeated Magnolia Heights in Senatobia 4-1.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune.