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OKOLONA â€“ Early football games provide the opportunity for growth. That is exactly what the Titans of East Oktibbeha are taking away from their opening game 40-8 loss against Okolona.
"We came out hard, but there were just too many penalties on our end," East Oktibbeha coach Kylan Tippett said. "After they scored three early it was tough to come back, but on the positive side getting to play non-division games allows us to grow from our mistakes."
Okolona took control early in the game to claim a 32-0 advantage as the game entered halftime.
The second half though was a different ball game as the Titan defense held strong and only allowed eight Okolona points.
East Oktibbeha matched those points with eight of its own as Detin Covington scored on a 30-yard run.
Up next, the Titans will work to build on the lessons learned Friday as they travel to face McAdamsÂ August 29 at 7 p.m.
West Oktibbeha 28
MABEN â€“ The outcome may not have been in their favor, but West Oktibbeha coach Danny Crawford found plenty of bright spots in the Timberwolves loss to McAdams.
"We had a bit of a breakdown on the defensive side of the ball, but look overall and they played great," Crawford said. "We moved the ball well. Put up over 20 points and we didn't score 20 in a game all last season. I feel good about the first game. There is stuff we need to work on, but we are headed in right direction."
One of the brightest spots of the evening might just have been the Timberwolves passing game. In total, West Oktibbeha had three touchdown passes from quarterback Tyshon Spencer.
The fourth West Oktibbeha score came off an interception of McAdams.
East Webster 64,
VARDAMAN â€“ From any angle you take, East Webster looked like a solid football programÂ knocking off Vardaman.
"I was pleased," Wolverines coach Doug Wilson said. "Offensively we played pretty well. We tackled well on defense. We rotated a lot of kids so everybody got good playing time."
Of those taking the field, Wilson said he saw some really "good reads" from quarterback Jack Wilson while Chase Keller was strong in the run game and Deangelo Liggins secured some "good catches."
That trio was just a portion of the strong offense that accumulated 492 total yards and led East Webster to a 49-0 advantage at the half. Add in an almost impenetrable defense and it is no surprise the Wolverines left the field with a 50 point victory.
Up next East Webster will put its talents on the line in front of the home crowd as Noxapater comes to townÂ on August 29.
NOXAPATER â€“ Eupora opened the season with an explosive offensive showing as they beat Tigers.
The Eagles amassed 400 total yards of offense and held Noxapater to just 230.
Lamontae Salley led the Eupora offense with 111 yards rushing on 10 carries. He also scored two touchdowns â€“ a 13-yard score and a 1-yard score.
Jack Smith accounted for 91 rushing yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.
Eupora scored 13 points in the first quarer, 14 in the second and seven in both the third and fourth.
The Eagles return to action next Friday when they travel to French Camp.
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