CATEGORY: FOL High School Football
CALHOUN CITY 'CATS HAPPY TO BE WINNING
Today's Top Games
All kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m.
Calhoun City at South Pontotoc
Smithville at Thrasher
Tishomingo County at Oxford
Corinth at Ripley
Amory at Caledonia
By Todd Vinyard
Calhoun City football coach Mike Ray is not a hard man to please. He is happy to be winning, he just hopes it keeps up at the right time.
"We talked with our kids about realizing that what we do the rest of the season, especially in division play, is what gets you to Jackson," said Ray, whose team is 4-1 after a 41-18 win over Cleveland. "It is dog-eat-dog now."
The road back to the Class 2A state championship game begins tonight for Calhoun City when it opens Division 2-2A play at South Pontotoc. Ray says South Pontotoc's 1-4 record is deceiving.
"They have had a few breaks go against them, but they are one of the more physical teams we will face," Ray said.
South Pontotoc head coach Steve Lyles knows what his team faces when Calhoun City, the No. 1-ranked team in the Daily Journal small school football poll, comes to visit.
"They have an excellent team with tons of speed that will be tough for us to match up against," Lyles said.
Calhoun City showed that speed on defense last week. Jonathan Herrod had a career game. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior had 17 tackles and two tackles for losses. He also had a fumble recovery, one pass break-up, one blocked kick recovered for a touchdown and one interception for a touchdown.
"Jonathan has been solid week in and week out, but he was really in the right spots last week," Ray said.
It could be a historic night in Thrasher, as Smithville's Dwight Bowling tries for his 100th career victory as a head coach. Thrasher is winless on the year.
Bowling's Seminoles have rebounded since losing three-year starting quarterback T.J. Lann to injury. Willie Lopez has come in to do the job and direct Smithville to a 4-2 record.
"We have two losses, but those are two pretty good teams we lost to (Weir and Nettleton)," Bowling said.
Another good team, Oxford, knows division time is serious, too. OHS is coming off a 13-10 heartbreaking loss to Olive Branch.
"We are going to have to recharge and get ready," Oxford coach Robert Youngblood said.
Oxford is hoping to have its leading rusher, Tim Ingram, back. Ingram has missed the last two weeks. The Chargers' second string back, Meko Jones, has also been injured.
Tishomingo County (2-4) fell to Hernando 24-6 last week.
A Division 1-3A showdown features Ripley against Corinth. The series is tied at 7-7 in 14 meetings. Ripley (4-1) has won the last two meetings, including a 14-7 victory last season in Corinth. The Warriors of Corinth are 0-5 this season and have scored only seven TDs the entire season, all by running back L.P. Spence.
Amory (6-0) looks to extend its 36-game wining streak at Caledonia (0-6).