By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
The 2013 football season kicks off in fine fashion in Webster County on Friday when both Eupora High School and East Webster host their season-openers at 7 p.m.
Eupora, which finished second in the state in class 2A in 2012, entertains MHSAA Class 1A power Noxapater, while the Wolverines of East Webster will be hosting rival Vardaman.
Both Eupora head coach Junior Graham and East Webster head coach Doug Wilson understand the challenge their teams will be facing.
“Any time we play them, it’s a big game,” Wilson said of Vardaman. “We know they will be ready to play us, because they always are.”
While the Wolverines are young, Wilson said his team has some experience because of the number of younger players they have had to play the past couple of years.
“We are still rebuilding, but we think we are getting there,” Wilson said.
The Eagles of Eupora will be starting their seventh season under Graham.
“Our schedule is a tough one,” Graham said. “There is nothing easy about it. Every game will be a challenge for us.”
The Eagles open the season with two 1A schools, hosting French Camp on Aug. 30, one week after the contest with Noxapater.
“Those are probably the best two teams in 1A,” Graham said. “It will be a big game for both of them.”
See full team previews in our B and C football sections in today’s edition.