Only one team, the Winona Christian Stars, will play at home Friday night. The Winona Tigers, Carroll Academy Rebels, J.Z. George Jaguars and the Montgomery County Hornets will be on the road for the first game.
Winona Christian/J.Z. George
The Stars will play host to the Jaguars in their second matchup of the area’s MAIS and MHSAA schools. It was the Stars that pulled out a victory in last year’s first-ever game between the two schools, that are only separated by dozen miles or so. The Stars won last year’s contest in a thrilling 13-12 victory in North Carrollton.
Both the Stars and Jaguars have new head coaches this season, with Ben Burton leading J.Z. George and Ken Chandler leading Winona Christian.
The Tiger/Whippet game has become a rivalry dating back several years. Separated only by a 40-minute drive, the match up has been all Tigers since renewing the rivalry in 2009. The Tigers lost the 26-20 matchup to the Whippets last season, but have won four of the five games against the 4A team.
This will mark the first game for Tigers head coach Joey Tompkins.
Second year head coach Josh Glasner takes a very talented Kilmichael team to West Lowndes to face the Panthers, who also compete in 1A ball. Don’t expect the same results as last season when the Hornets lost 26-8 to the Lions. Some feel this could be the year for Montgomery County, who tied for 1A runner up French Camp in last week’s jamboree.
Second year head coach Jimmy McGregor and the Carroll Academy Rebels will start the season facing a tough Bayou Academy team. The Rebels, district champs a season ago, will look to avenge their 25-0 loss at home to the Colts a season ago. The Rebels will compete in their second season of Class A play.