Let's ring in this 2017 season with the Battle of the Bell. I knew last year that Bay Springs would have a special season, and that they did. Stringer was still young and hoping to improve. This year, the Bulldogs will be young, and the Red Devils will be a little more salty. This should be a great rivalry, but lately not the case. The Red Devils have not scored in this rivalry for two years. Stringer does have the most experience at the skill positions, but there's that crazy factor called coaching that means much in this sport of football. None are more crazier about winning than Dan Rosco Brady. I think his Bulldogs have a swagger. Agree with it or not, but winning is contagious, and kids at BSHS bleed with pride in the Blue and Gold. Stringer will give'em H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks for a half, but the depth of Bay Springs will have the final say.
Red Devils 21 Bulldogs 36
Heidelberg @ Wingfield
I visited an Oiler practice a few weeks ago, and was blown away at how big and physical the players looked. Their off-season had to have been the best in the area. They have more six-packs in that locker room than than the beer cooler at Stuckeys. Seriously, they could win more than two ball games this year during warmups alone. Wingfield may be 5A, but the Oilers are about to prove why prognosticators are picking them to win 2A South.
Oilers 46 Falcons 12
Tri-County @ Sylva-Bay
It's a new era for Sylva-Bay. The Saints are starting with a young team and a totally new coaching staff. First-year head coach Terry Underwood is assigned to bring this young team to a competitive football program. He was head coach of East Central Community College for 10 years with great success before retiring. He has coached a number of large private and public schools with success. He wanted a chance to head coach again. Well, Coach, Tri-County will not bring a warm welcome this Friday, but if the Saints keep it close, hope shall swell with Saint faithful.
Rebels 29 Saints 7