By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
As the rains began pounding the area on Friday, Eupora High School head football coach Junior Graham was mighty pleased that he had already taken care of one of the two open dates on his schedule.
EHS had originally been scheduled to have byes on both Sept. 13 and Oct. 4, but after school had already started Graham worked to get Coahoma AHS scheduled to fill the first open date. It’s a good thing he did, because after last week’s game at Byhalia was called off due to inclement weather, that would have given his Eagles two straight Fridays without a game.
“If we didn’t have the Coahoma game we would have looked at having to play the thing (Byhalia game) on Monday,” Graham said. “We didn’t want to do that because it would have given us a short week.”
Instead, the 4-0 Eagles will only have one week off heading into Friday night’s non-division contest at Houston.
“I don’t see where not playing that game Friday night will have any negative effect on us,” Graham said. “I don’t see where by playing that game in those conditions it is going to help you. You are not going to get any chemistry or really be able to work on anything.”
While the Hilltoppers are 0-5 on the season, Graham said he will be taking a little extra time this week making sure his Eagles understand that Houston could very well have won all but one of the games they have played.
“If you ever want to say somebody has been snake bit, it’s those guys,” Graham said. “They could have easily been 4-1, but for some reason they haven’t found a way to
win. Yet, they are a solid team.”
Houston’s last three losses have been by just one possession, including last week when Choctaw County scored all of its points in the fourth quarter to take a 12-8 win. Just two weeks earlier East Webster rallied to take a 21-13 victory over the ‘Toppers.
“We watched the film and they competed for four quarters,” Graham said. “That says a lot about their coaching staff. Any time you are stacking up some losses and your kids continue to compete hard, that says something about your team.”
Eupora will have an open date following the Houston game, setting up a four-week run of region contests. The Eagles host Bruce on Oct. 11 and Okolona for Homecoming on Oct. 18, before closing out the regular season at Calhoun City and East Webster.