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Prep Football Week 2: What to Watch For

 

Scott Walters

 

Several area teams made serious statements on the opening night of the prep football season. 

 

Columbus kicked off the second season under Randal Montgomery with an impressive 49-27 win over Kemper County. 

 

Noxubee County extended its win streak to 12 games with a double overtime win over Starkville. 

 

Caledonia beat Shannon in its opener. Starkville Academy and Oak Hill Academy both won debuts under new coaches. 

 

Here are five things we will be watching in Week Two: 

 

Falcons or Tigers  

 

1. Will Noxubee County or Columbus move to 2-0? 

 

Going in, this looked like a good game. Now with Columbus and Noxubee County winning openers, the game looks even better. 

 

Noxubee County has had that pedigree of success with two state championships in three seasons. 

 

Meanwhile, Columbus is learning how to take the next step. Winning a game like this on the road would be huge for that growth. 

 

Chargers or Yellow Jackets 

 

2. How good a game will ESPNU get? 

 

Starkville and Oxford will make their national television debuts under the bright lights of ESPNU Friday night. 

 

Oxford still has to be smarting over losing last season's "Little Egg Bowl" 52-29 at home. 

 

Oxford will be motivated to make up for that defeat. Meanwhile, Starkville will have to lick its wounds from last week and play better. 

 

Bulldogs or Trojans 

 

3. Will Aberdeen or New Hope get back on track? 

 

Also looking to make amends for a one-sided defeat last season is Aberdeen. 

 

New Hope smoked Aberdeen 35-8 in the second week of the regular season. Each team went on to win 10 games with deep playoff runs. 

 

Both teams had difficult openers. However, the confidence level is still high in both camps. A win here will only increase that feeling. 

 

Panthers or Volunteers 

 

4. Will Starkville Academy continue its fast start? 

 

If last week is any indication, the Starkville Academy defense picked up where it left off last season. The Volunteers totally dominated Marshall Academy 45-0. 

 

Starkville Academy also clicked on offense. The same could not be said for West Lowndes, which could not find the end zone in a loss to Durant. 

 

West Lowndes will need to start quicker to have a chance. 

 

Green Wave or Wildcats 

 

5. How good will West Point be this season? 

 

It is a good question. 

 

West Point certainly has a high talent level. However, the Green Wave roster features lots of new faces on both sides of the football. 

 

The thing West Point has this year is speed. The team always has swagger. 

 

Louisville will present a huge challenge. It is a good way to start the season. We will learn a lot. 

 

--Scott Walters 

 

 

 

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