BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - I can't believe the high school football season is ready to begin. The 2013 season officially kicks off August 23rd, but high school teams in Mississippi were allowed to play jamboree games, consisting of two quarters of football.
These games will not count against the won-loss records and gives coaches a chance to see the players in action. It will help those coaches who are still trying to establish starters at key positions.
Biloxi head coach John Shannon and his Indians entertain Gautier at 7. He's looking to see if junior Blake Johnson or Damion May will take charge and win the starting job at quarterback. Biloxi graduated Jaylen Woullard who was rock solid behind center in running the Indians spread offensive attack.
Gulfport has a new head coach in Eddie Pearce. However Pearce gained valuable experience in running the Admirals in 2012, taking over on an interim basis last season when Mike Justice suffered a heart attack. Pearce, a former junior college head coach, won seven consecutive games before losing in the 6A State playoffs. The Admirals entertain McComb at 7 on the Gulfport High practice facility.
Buddy Singleton's D'Iberville Warriors return a host of outstanding players from last seasons club. Quarterback Jo Joe Warrick is back along with running back Quantrell Reddix. The Warriors travel to the Bay facing St. Stanislaus at six.
Harrison Central has loads of talent both offensively and defensively and the Red Rebels begin their second season under head coach Steve Jones. The Red Rebels won their last two games of the 2012 season and highlight the talents of quarterback Tito Windham. The Red Rebels travel to West Harrison High School at 5:30 facing Long Beach.
Other games include Pass Christian at St. Patrick and Bay High travels to Perry Central.
Tyler Bouldin and I will have game highlights and features on the "Friday Night Football Showdown" beginning at 10:35 on WLOX-ABC.
Features on Pascagoula head coach Lewis Sims, the Ocean Springs cheerleaders and a story on local football officials.