Class 3A match ups to yield exciting games

Published 12:00am Thursday, September 5, 2013

This week’s high school football action is shaping up to be one to remember, especially in Class 3A.

Straughn and Opp will be facing teams from Brewton to start their respective region play for 2013.

The Tigers visit W.S. Neal, while the Bobcats host T.R. Miller.

The story lines from both games are brimming over at this rate, and shouldn’t be unheard.

For Straughn, it’s all about getting off to a great start in region play after a tough 12-6 loss to Class 4A Andalusia in week one.

SHS, no doubt, will probably have the events of last year in its mind when it takes the field tomorrow night.

Who can forget?

Players on both sides left the bench area of the sidelines during the second half, warranting the AHSAA to hand out 19 suspensions — seven from Straughn and 12 from W.S. Neal.

After all of that hub-bub, the Tigers regrouped and still won the game over the Eagles, despite a late rally by the team from East Brewton.

Opp and T.R. Miller’s story line lies in the head coaches for each team.

OHS head coach Jack Whigham was an assistant at T.R. Miller for many years before taking the helm for the Bobcats in 2006.

TRM head coach Jamie Riggs started his career at Opp in 1986, where he coached for three years.

Riggs then went back to his alma mater, like Whigham, where he’s been ever since, building a championship program.

During his tenure at TRM, Riggs has won four state titles and 12 region titles. His record against Opp is 4-1.

In 2012, TRM defeated Opp 21-7 and have won nine of the last 10 meetings.

Straughn and W.S. Neal’s record is a little bit closer with the Eagles holding a 4-3 advantage.

SHS has won the last three straight meetings over WSN after falling in the first four from 1992-93, and 2002-03.

With all of this said, there should be no doubt that games Friday night will be played at a high level.

What level the teams are aiming for is up to them.

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