By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
You aren’t going to talk Eupora High School head football coach Junior Graham into making any predictions about how the Region 4-2A race is going to turn out.
“There is not a dime’s worth of difference between any of us,” Graham said. “We are all different in our own ways. Anybody can beat anybody, and I really mean that.”
District play began last week with Calhoun City beating Bruce 23-16 and Okolona rallying from 18 points down to top East Webster 32-24.
“We went to see Bruce and Calhoun City play and it came down to the last play,” Graham said. “Either team could have won the game.”
The Eagles of EHS didn’t play last Friday night, but that doesn’t mean they took the week off. Graham said his team had a good week of practice as the Eagles get set to begin league play this Friday night at home against the Trojans of Bruce.
“We had a productive week,” Graham said. “We had a couple kids that had a few little dings and they are back out here. We also went back and tweaked a couple things and we have things looking a lot better.”
Graham said the coaches had a few personnel decisions to make as they looked to get more productive in some areas. “We just want to get some more consistency on some running plays and I think we were able to do that,” he said. ‘We graded out well on the videos.”
The veteran coach is making sure his team knows that overlooking an opponent down the stretch could be costly.
“They will come in here with the intention of not being 0-2 (in the district),” Graham said of Bruce. “I told our kids that we have got four playoff games in a row even before the playoffs start. If we don’t approach it that way it will cost us.”
Bruce is 4-2 overall with wins over North Pontotoc (19-14), Potts Camp (39-8), Coffeeville (26-19) and Amory (21-0). The Trojans only losses are to Calhoun City and 22-16 to a Water Valley team in week four that is ranked No. 5 in MHSAA Class 3A by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The Eagles of Eupora head into Friday night’s contest with a 5-0 overall record and are ranked No. 3 in 2A by the Clarion-Ledger. Eupora has only played one game over the past three weeks due to the Sept. 20 game against Byhalia being cancelled due to poor weather and last week’s open date.
After hosting Bruce, the Eagles will entertain Okolona for homecoming, then visit Calhoun City on Oct. 25 and East Webster on Nov. 1 to close out the regular season.