BRAD LOCKE: Soccer matches to observe in 2021 | Sports activities in highschool

D.Do you see the weekly high school soccer schedule in the Wednesday journal? If so, you may have combed it through to find the most intriguing games of the week.

If not, let me do the combing for you. It’s a year of realignment, which means some divisions will look different. In fact, some divisions look downright brutal.

The setup in 2-4A reminds us of how many strong soccer programs live along Highway 15. There are Houston, New Albany, North Pontotoc, Pontotoc, Ripley, and South Pontotoc.

Then there is 2-6A, where Tupelo joins the likes of Clinton, Germantown, Grenada, Madison Central, Murrah, Oxford and Starkville. What a shame for poor Murrah.

OK, let’s get to that list of games to look at. There are a handful of games on August 20th, but none stand out, so let’s skip ahead.

26th of August: Calhoun City is visiting Houston on a Thursday. Expect lots of rushing yards.

August 27th: Lafayette welcomes Tupelo in a game with two charged defenses. Mario Wilbourn for the Commodores and Jacarious Clayton for the Golden Wave are just two to watch out for.

September 3: Starkville at West Point. You already know. New Albany at Itawamba AHS should also be a dandy.

September 11: Oxford travels to Shreveport, Louisiana on a Saturday to take on John Curtis Christian, a traditional New Orleans power.

17th of September: Oxford is in Lafayette for the Crosstown Classic. The Chargers have won four in a row and eight of the last nine.

September 24th: Pontotoc visits Itawamba AHS for a good warm-up for both teams.

Fun Fact: IAHS forced 51 sales last season.

Oct 1: Tupelo visits Oxford, and I can’t wait to see Oxford’s elite linebackers battle Tupelo’s great running back Kyson Brown.

8th October: Ripley in New Albany, and who wouldn’t want to see Perry Liles defend against a New Albany offensive that featured guys like CJ Hill and Cameron Knox?

Oct 15: Corinth visits IAHS with a chance for repayment. The Indians beat the Warriors 23-18 in the third round of last year’s 4A playoffs.

October 22nd: Oxford in Starkville. The Little Egg Bowl was canceled last season due to COVID. Now that these two are division rivals, this game means even more.

October 29th: Amory welcomes rival Nettleton in a big 4-3A game. Nettleton has a new QB in Transfer Ty Walton and that will be a tough offensive this fall.

November 5th: Tupelo visits Germantown, which, according to 247Sports, has two of the four best prospects in the state for 2022 – traffic jam Branson Robinson and defensive lineman Zxavian Harris.

Brad Locke is senior sports writer for the Daily Journal. Contact him on Twitter @bradlocke or email [email protected]

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