Two teams that lost decisively in the season opener will look to rebound when they face off in Week 2.
Coahoma Early College High School lost at home to three-time 1A state champion Simmons, while Strayhorn lost at home to Winona 41-3, as neither team scored a touchdown.
The Tigers and Mustangs will face off at Strayhorn at 7 p.m. Friday.
Coahoma could not hang on to a 6-0 fourth-quarter lead against Strayhorn in 2017. Strayhorn won the game 12-6.
Tigers coach Jeremiah Brassell feels he has a better team in 2018 and will be making some adjustments from last week’s loss.
“First of all, I am actually very satisfied about our performance,” he said. “Now that we’ve actually had a game and I can see what these kids have done, I can concentrate on the weakest part of my team. That’s the offensive line.”
When junior lineman Corey Suggs was out with a shoulder injury and senior linebacker Marquese Lewis was also out, athletes had to be moved around and freshmen were thrown into the mix.
Freshman lineman Joe Giles played last week, sophomore Jeremiah Brassell Jr. moved to defensive end and junior Jaylin Henderson moved to offensive tackle when he would have been on defense.
Junior Willie Eagins is the Tigers quarterback.
Strayhorn runs a wishbone offense and is coming back with a young team, including freshman quarterback Kyler Houston.
“We graduated seven or eight seniors that played both ways, so we’ve got a lot of young kids playing,” Strayhorn coach Tim Beard said. “We’re just going to have to try to play consistent throughout the game. I’ll say this. Coach Brassell is doing a good job with Coahoma since he’s been there and I’ve seen where they’ve gotten better every year and I expect them to be better this year.”