Thursday, September 10, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
Lots of football
Don’t be fooled by some tabloid banners which proclaimed this past Saturday as “Game Day.” Actually, the term should have been “Game Weekend.” Starting on Thursday with the game between Boise State and Oregon, the long-awaited collegiate football season was officially ushered in. On the local level it came in a couple of weeks ago when our high school teams began their seasons.
And on the aforementioned Thursday, coach C.B. McClatchy’s junior high team helped coach James Kimbrough’s team open its home season on a newly-created gridiron at H.W. Byers School at Mount Pleasant. According to Anthony McKinnon, the last head coach of the old Sand Flat Lions, there had not been a football game there since 1979.
The exciting and historical game was witnessed by the Marshall County superintendent of schools, Don Randolph, and his wife, plus a crowd of supporters from H.W. Byers and Byhalia, with a contingent from The South Reporter, namely yours truly, Barry Burleson and Ronnie Day.
At the risk of being trite, that was just the tip of the football iceberg. On Friday night the Holly High Hawks tangled with the Byhalia Indians and the Marshall Academy Patriots went to Falkner.
On Saturday the Burleson family headed to Hattiesburg to attend the game between the Golden Eagles of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Braves of Alcorn State University. On the same dime, the Tigers of Jackson State traveled Southeast to meet the Miss. State Bullies in their historical game. This reporter was supposed to go down Hwy. 45 to cover that game. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men! After securing reservations at Columbus AFB, I had to cancel because big brother, the Rev. Emmitt Edward Vinson, called and stated that he was coming from St. Louis for the holiday (How did I get a preacher for a brother? Don’t ask!). So, the MS State- JSU game had to be covered in absentia. The start time was delayed because of inclement weather. The late start didn’t help the Tigers. They went down 45-7. The Braves were also blown out at Hattiesburg 52-0. One has to admire the manner in which the mid-level universities are going inter-conference to challenge the bigger boys in Division I.
Discounting the incident at the Oregon State-Boise State game, the season got off without major mishaps. Of course, there were a few upsets and some unexpected injuries, but hey, this is football
And what better way to celebrate the holiday honoring work than with a healthy dose of Kool-Aid and watching your favorite team!
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