PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula and Picayune square off Thursday night in a regionally televised game. It's a rare chance for the schools to shine off the gridiron as well. For the coaches, it's a dream come true.
"We're able to go out and really showcase our program and showcase our assistant coaches and players and all the hard work they have put in," Pascagoula Head Coach Lewis Sims said. "Of course, it's going to be fun to be put under that microscope."
For the players, being on TV is fun, but you can't lose focus.
"Well, we don't want to take it too much into account because we don't want to stress about being on TV," said Panthers kicker Grant Warren. "You want to just go out and play your game plan that you made, that your coaches have made for you, because our coaches ultimately know what we can and cannot do."
Getting War Memorial Stadium ready to host the big game is also a big job.
"C-Spire does such a good job of running the program and doing this and they've done it for a few different games," Athletic Director Greg Freeman said. "So it's been easy working with them, but it is a lot of logistics as far as trying to get everything lined up."
No doubt, it's a big football game with two undefeated powerhouse football teams battling it out before a southeastern television audience. But really, it's so much more than that, according to Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich.
"It provides an opportunity to see that we have arts and athletics, academics, just a wide range of opportunities for our children. And this is another medium that we get to deliver what we do to the public," Rodolfich said.
That public will see a student body that's pumped up and ready to cheer their team to victory.
The game is presented by C-Spire Wireless in conjunction with Fox Sports South. The telecast begins at 7pm, with the kick-off at about 7:10.