Tiger ESPNU Game
By Myra Bean
Two South Panola football games have been slated for television this season.
South Panola head football coach Lance Pogue has announced the September 4 game between South Panola and Memphis University School (MUS) will be televised on ESPNU. The October 2 home game against Olive Branch will also be televised, but the particulars have not been confirmed as of yet.
“It was a great success last year,” Pogue said. “The ratings were very positive. MUS is a great team and have a big time program.”
Pogue said the two schools decided since it was such a close proximity that this would be good for television.
“Fortunately, we get to have it at our place again this year,” he said. “We will be able to put Batesville and Panola County on tv in a very positive light.”
Last year was a stressful but exciting endeavor, according to Pogue, and he believes this year’s game will be the same.
MUS posted the first undefeated season for its school last year since 1967 at 13-0 and won the school’s fourth ever state football championship.
Senior quarterback Barr Brunetti has already verbally committed to West Virginia.
The Owls are coached by Bobby Alston.
“This will be a great matchup for us,” Pogue said. “It will be a lot of fun.”
The time for the game has been changed from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate television.
South Panola opens the season at home against Petal and then travels to Brandon to take on Northwest Rankin August 28.
“We have to take care of those two games before MUS, but we look forward to the preparation,” Pogue said.
MUS defeated longtime South Panola rival Olive Branch last year.
Homecoming is set for October 16 against Tupelo.