August 25, 2015 10:13:29 PM
After an outstanding Week 1 to the prep football season, the teams return to give us what should be an equally compelling Week 2.
The games still do not count in the region standings. However, we have some really great matchups. Columbus, Noxubee County, Caledonia, Starkville Academy, Oak Hill Academy and Heritage Academy among area teams looking for 2-0 starts.
Here is a look ahead to Week 2 ...
Columbus High at Noxubee County
This contest has a chance to be really great.
Columbus opened the season with a surprisingly-easy 49-27 win over Kemper County. Behind the hard running of Kendre Conner and the leadership of C.J. Gholar, the Columbus offense moved at will. The Falcons scored five offensive touchdowns and had another drive stall in the red zone.
On defense, Columbus showed this will be a new season. The Falcons have changed to a new alignment. After working out the kinks early, the Falcons totally shut down the outmanned Wildcats.
Noxubee County turned heads with its 26-20 overtime win over Starkville. There is little secret that the Tigers are very good. Noxubee County has a bevy of returning starters on offense and defense from last season's Class 4A state championship team.
The Starkville defense was touched for four touchdowns by Timorrius Conner and his offensive teammates. The Noxubee County defense also came through with two stops in overtime.
The winner here goes to 2-0. The winner here deserves to be 2-0.
Noxubee County 27, Columbus 24
Oxford at Starkville High
The bright lights of ESPNU will shine down on Yellow Jacket Stadium as rivals Starkville and Oxford meet in the Little Egg Bowl.
Oxford comes to town fresh off a 35-0 win over Saltillo. The Chargers return nine starters on offense and 10 starters on defense. Oxford won North State Class 5A last season and should be an odds-on favorite to repeat that title this season. Senior quarterback Jack Abraham threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The passing game of Oxford should prove a challenge for Starkville.
Starkville opened the season with a 26-20 overtime loss to Noxubee County. The Yellow Jackets had several newcomers join the lineup. Each of them played well. As Montario Montgomery grows in the quarterback position, Starkville will continue to improve.
Oxford will have the tall task of stopping A.J. Brown. The SHS senior had 14 receptions in the loss to Noxubee County.
A year ago, the Little Egg Bowl began with lots of hype but ended with a 52-29 rout for Starkville.
Oxford will look for revenge.
Oxford 29, Starkville 27
Aberdeen at New Hope
Both Aberdeen and New Hope look to avoid 0-2 starts. Each played well in its respective openers despite coming out on the short end.
Aberdeen opened with a 21-20 loss to Corinth. New Hope dropped a 20-3 decision to Louisville.
Both teams have new quarterbacks are still feeling their way around on offense. Both teams also got a strong effort from the defense in the season opener.
New Hope wants to prove last season's 10-win campaign was not the exception to the rule. A victory here would go a long way towards doing that.
New Hope 28, Aberdeen 20
West Lowndes at Starkville Academy
Starkville Academy looked impressive in a 45-0 win over Marshall Academy to start the season last Friday night.
The Volunteers have a lot of experience returning on both offense and defense. After winning 11 games last season, Starkville Academy wants to take the next step and win the school's first MAIS state championship since 2012.
Houston Clark and Colt Chrestman give Starkville Academy a nice 1-2 punch to get things going on offense. On defense, the Volunteers look to build on last season's strong showing.
West Lowndes opened the season with a 12-0 loss to Durant. The Panthers are growing up slowly but surely. When region play begins, it will be a different West Lowndes team. Unfortunately, we have a little more time until that part of the schedule.
Starkville Academy 34, West Lowndes 6
West Point 28, Louisville 26 ... Lamar School 21, Heritage Academy 14 ... Caledonia 34, Mooreville 6 ... Amory 28, Saltillo 7 ... East Webster 34, Noxapater 12 ... Hamilton 14, East Union 12 ... Oak Hill Academy 32, Tupelo Christian Prep 6 ... Sylva-Bay Academy 24, Columbus Christian 6 ... Central Academy 42, North Sunflower Academy 6 ... Hebron Christian 36, Delta Streets Academy 12 ... Winston Academy 28, Winona Christian Academy 22 ... Victory Christian 34, Tabernacle 6 ... Aliceville 28, Wilcox Central 27 ... Hamilton 20, Sulligent 12 ... Lamar County 34, Brilliant 12 ... South Lamar 24, Oakman 20 ... Pickens County 30, Greensboro 27 ... Pickens Academy 28, Patrician Academy 24
Last Week: 13-7 (65.0 percent)
For the Season: 13-7 (65.0 percent)
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