Titans, Timberwolves face off in district play
The rivalry between West Oktibbeha and East Oktibbeha needs no extra fuel on the fire.
Tonight in Crawford, things get heated up anyway, as the Timberwolves and the Titans begin district play against each other.
East Oktibbeha head coach Randy Brooks says his team needs no extra motivation.
"The guys understand the gravity of this game and how important it is," said Brooks. "We're looking forward to getting out there."
Brooks' Titans enter tonight having lost their first two games. East Oktibbeha fell to Montgomery County in the season-opener before dropping a contest at home to West Lowndes a week ago.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Oktibbeha County, head coach Adam Lowrey's Timberwolves are 1-1, defeating West Lowndes in the season's first week and losing to East Webster last week.
"This week we've just been fixing our mistakes from last week in the short amount of time that we have," said Lowrey. "We played very well against East Webster, but our defensive ends just didn't take the quarterback. We took care of the inside last week, but this week we've just been making sure that everybody has their assignment defensively.
"Offensively, we look like gold at times and we look like copper at times. So we've just been working and fine-tuning to become more sound."
Lowrey's offense, led by sophomore quarterback Von Smith, has primarily used a pass-first attack through two games this season.
That concerns Brooks, who will go into tonight's game without junior cornerback Terence Rice, who will miss the game due to an ankle injury.
In Rice's place will be sophomore Todd Johnson.
"We've been working with (Johnson) all week on getting his hips turned and working on his pass coverage," said Brooks.
If the past is any indication, it won't be long before Johnson is tested by West Oktibbeha.
"Anybody that knows me knows I love to throw the football," said Lowrey. "I tell everyone that's why they elongated the football from it's egg shape, so it would fly through the air better when you throw it."
Tonight's game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
East Webster (2-0) at Vardaman (2-0)
In a battle of two unbeatens, East Webster travels to Vardaman to take on the Rams.
Vardaman, ranked third in Class A by the Associated Press, just upended Class 2A Bruce a week ago.
East Webster is coming off a 55-27 win over West Oktibbeha.
For Vardaman to hold off the Wolverines, they'll have to contain what has been a high-octane East Webster offense through two weeks.
The Wolverines have already scored 90 total points through the season's first two weeks.
Ackerman (1-1) at Bruce (0-2)
Ackerman tries to bounce back from its first regular-season loss since 2008 as they travel to face Bruce.
For the Indians to have any chance, they'll have to step up their offensive game.
The defending Class 2A North champs have yet to score in regulation this season, scoring eight overtime points in a win over Starkville Academy in the season opener and getting shut out by Durant last week.
Bruce has lost its two games by a combined 11 points.
The Trojans fell to Water Valley on the road 13-7 in their opener before losing to Vardaman 19-14 last week.
Eupora (2-0) at Winona (2-0)
Coach Junior Graham's Eupora Eagles face their toughest challenge to date in the form of undefeated, Class 3A Winona.
The Tigers have outscored their opposition, Senatobia and J.Z. George, 97-27 this season.
However, Eupora might just have the defensive means to slow down Winona.
The Eagles have averaged giving up just 13.5 points per game through the season's first two weeks.