0913 Football preview

Magnolia Heights’ Hunter Jones (6) is brought down by a Northpoint Christian School tackler during their contest last Friday night in Senatobia. The 3-1 Chiefs play at Starkville Academy this week, while Northpoint plays host to First Assembly Christian (Cordova, Tenn.)

We’re already into week five of the high school football season and it’s time once again for Friday’s Five Football Things to Remember. District action is one week away for MHSAA schools, so for the teams playing this week, it’s one final tuneup time before games that really mean something begin.

1. HAVEN’T WE PLAYED THESE GUYS ALREADY? Southaven, which enters the week with a 1-2 season record, meets the Germantown (Tenn.) Red Devils Friday evening in Southaven. In a quirk of the schedule, the Chargers will be playing a Germantown team for the second consecutive time. The Chargers had a bye week last week after notching its first win under new head coach Eddie Stevenson two weeks ago, a 20-7 victory over Germantown (Madison) on Aug. 31.

2. BORDER BATTLES CONTINUE: Including the Southaven-Germantown game, a total of six games this week feature a DeSoto County-based school against a school located in Tennessee.

It’s a TSSAA Division II-AA West Region contest between First Assembly Christian (Cordova, Tenn.) at Northpoint Christian. It’s an important game for both teams. FACS is 1-3 and coming off a 20-6 loss to Munford last week. Northpoint is still looking for its first win of the year, now at 0-4 after last Friday’s 27-7 defeat at Magnolia Heights.

Crockett County, Tenn. comes to Center Hill to play the Mustangs Friday night. The team making the 90 minute trip from Alamo, Tennessee comes in with a perfect 4-0 mark, while Center Hill was dropped last week at Corinth 21-12 and fell to 2-2 for the year.

Lewisburg heads up to play at Fayette Ware, Tennessee Friday, coming off last week’s bye week and an 18-14 win against Clarksville, Tennessee two weeks ago. Fayette Ware is 1-2 for the season and enters the game after last week’s 18-7 victory over Manassas (Memphis), a team Lewisburg handled at the start of the season.

DeSoto Central looks to recover from last week’s 27-21 loss at Lake Cormorant as the Jaguars play at Memphis Central this Friday. DeSoto Central brings a 2-2 mark to the road contest and will face a Warriors squad now at 3-0 for the year and beat Mitchell (Memphis) 49-7 last week.

The last Volunteer State-Magnolia State clash Friday brings Briarcrest Christian to Hernando to play the Tigers. The Saints carry a 3-1 record coming off last week’s 30-28 victory over Haywood, Tennessee. Hernando lost for the first time last week in a 31-28 defeat at White Station. The Tigers are 2-1 for the season.

3. IT’S LAKE BOWL TIME: For the second straight year, Horn Lake and Lake Cormorant will turn its neighborhood rivalry into the battle for the Lake Bowl championship. Horn Lake took possession of the traveling trophy in its first appearance last season. Now Lake Cormorant will try to take it back, facing one of the top MHSAA 6A teams in Mississippi. Horn Lake is 3-0 after last Saturday’s 36-7 victory over Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) at the Battle on the Border classic in Shreveport, Louisiana. Lake Cormorant enters their home game off a 27-21 win, also at home, last Friday against another 6A school in DeSoto Central.

4. CHIEFS ON THE WARPATH: Riding the momentum of last Friday’s 27-7 victory over Northpoint Christian, Magnolia Heights travels to Starkville Academy for their next contest this week. With last week’s win, the Chiefs have now won three in a row and are 3-1 for the season. The Volunteers are 4-0 for the season and shut out East Webster 51-0 last week, making this week’s game a strong test for the Chiefs.

5. BYE, BYE, BYE: Running its record to an impressive 4-0 start after last Friday’s 42-21 victory over Kirby (Memphis), Olive Branch has this week as a “bye” week in preparation for the start of 5A division play next week at Saltillo. In its four wins this fall, the Quistors have averaged 29.5 points a game on offense, while allowing just 10.75 points a game.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune;

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