Oak Grove at Petal
The Petal Panthers hope to continue the 2011 momentum that brought them within a field goal of the school's first 6A state football championship. They'll have to do it without Dandy Dozen quarterback and Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year Anthony Alford, who graduated and went to USM along with head coach Steve Buckley, who was hired as a Golden Eagle assistant. Replacing Buckley is new head coach Marcus Boyles, who left Wayne County after 12 successful years. Oak Grove hopes to earn a tough road win at Petal and improve on a 7-4 record last year. Nevil Barr, who retired from full-time coaching duties at Oak Grove in February, is returning part-time as the Warriors head football coach.