Because of injuries, one of the top wide receiving prospects in the state will line up under center when Sumrall invades The Reservation to face South Jones in coach Roger Satcher’s first game as head coach for the Braves.
South Jones lost the bulk of both its offense and defense, but the Braves do return standout quarterback John Mitchell, who was one of the top performers in the Free State last season.
Mitchell threw for more than 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns, but every player who caught a pass last season had graduated. Similarly, most of the running game has graduated too.
Mitchell led the team with 13 touchdowns and was second with 866 yards rushing. The second-leading returning rusher, Chad Locklear, had 30 yards on nine carries.
Jackson, an Ole Miss commit, in two seasons has caught 132 passes for 2,287 yards and 28 touch- downs for Sumrall. He attempted only one pass last season, completing it for 10 yards. He will supplant the injured Billy Garrity under center.
Tonight Bay Springs at Stringer
The Battle for the Bell will get another installment as one of the most highly touted teams from Class 2A will battle an expected contender in Class 1A when Bay Springs trav- els to battle Stringer in a Jasper County showdown.
Stringer is coming off a 10-4 season that saw it advance to the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs. The Red Devils return 2,000-yard-passer Caleb Dyess at quarterback and senior Anthony Thomas, who averaged 112 yards per game last season and scored 18 touchdowns. Bay Springs will counter with the bulk of its offense returning, including leading passer Adrian Cole and top running backs Jamarious Hosey (1,109 yards and 25 TDs) and Ansen Windham (1,500 yards and 17 TDs).
The winner of this game will claim the Bell, which is given annually to the winner of this game.
All kickoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Friday night games include:
• Seminary at Collins
• Sylva-Bay at Tri-County • Heidelberg at Wingfield