By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Expectations are always high when it comes to football and Winston County and nothing has changed this season.
The LHS Wildcats, the defending MHSAA Class 3A State Champions,
head into the 2014 season as the No. 1 ranked team in 3A according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger despite returning just one starter on defense and the graduation of four-year starting quarterback Wyatt Roberts.
The Wildcats, who tied West Point 7-7 in last Saturday’s jamboree action at Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State University, open the season against Jim Hill High School of Jackson at R.E. Hinze Stadium in Louisville.
Nanih Waiya looks to be a contender in Region 3-1A this season and will get a tough non-league test on Friday night when the Warriors take a trip to Union High School to take on the MHSAA Class 2A Yellowjackets.
“They have a good, tough football team,” said NW head coach Tate Hanna. “That’s a good game for us to get started with.”
First-year Noxapater head coach Casey Orr will take his young Tigers into hostile territory on Friday as they pay a visit to perennial 2A contender Eupora High School.
“We know we have a tough preseason schedule ahead of us, especially the first two games,” Orr said. “We just need to go out and play hard and learn what we need to learn. We think those games will help us for district play.”
Winston Academy opens its season at home against a Sylva-Bay Academy squad that is expected to compete for its region title. The Saints are ranked No. 4 preseason in MAIS A by the Jackson-Clarion-Ledger.
“We will have to come out and play well,” said WA head coach Bo Milton. “They will be ready for us.”
All four games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
See full game articles in our annual Football edition in today’s newspaper’s B section.