FOOTBALL: Game Day

Top of the morning, folks. It’s 7:37. I got in about 12:30 after we put to bed the section on our inaugural football Friday night.

The MHSAA is no friend to us with all kickoffs starting 30 minutes later, at 7:30, through September. That makes a big difference in trying to get the games in the paper, but we adapt and overcome.

On Friday nights I am part of our in-house coverage team which means tracking down games on the phone from across the area. I will go and watch the first half of Tupelo when the Wave is at home, as was the case last night.

Tupelo’s skill position people didn’t disappoint. After a sluggish start that included three penalties and about minus-40 yards of offense things cranked up. QB Jason Garrett was on and finished with four touchdown passes. He played a half in the 42-0 win over Covington, Tenn.

Three scores went to WR Garrian Heard. Chad Bumphis scored on a kick return, a punt return and a pass from Garrett. He had what appeared to be two other big plays that would have been touchdowns but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds each time.

Today’s Schedule

I will have an in-game blog in some capacity. What happens with night games is I have to abandon the blog to begin work on the print edition stories in order to make deadline.

Night games are not our friends.

That means the blog will likely be better at the beginning than the end, but I’ll try to carry it all the way through.

I will have a photo or some sort of Grove coverage before the game and some pre-game notes before kickoff.

I have been asked for weeks if I was ready for football season. Finally, it’s here.

— PA

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