By: Austin Bishop
If the French Camp Academy football team is going to take care of some unfinished business in 2013, the Panthers will have to take a slightly different path to the MHSAA Class 1A State Championship game in Jackson.
After a four-year stay in the North, FCA was moved to the South for the next two seasons and will be playing in Region 3-1A along with the likes of Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Pelahatchie, Ethel, Sebastopol, West Lowndes, West Oktibbeha and East Oktibbeha.
Last season the Panthers posted a stellar 11-3 mark, falling to Stringer 20-17 in the state title game.
There will be some familiar foes, sort of, at the top of French Camp’s schedule before they get into Region 3-1A play at perennial 1A power Noxapater on Sept. 13.
The Panthers suffered only two regular-season losses in 2013. Those came to Eupora 20-10 to open the season and 14-3 at Ackerman in week three.
French Camp will open the season at home on Aug. 23 by hosting newly consolidated Choctaw County High School, which is made up of students from Ackerman and Weir.
The next week sees the Panthers head to Eupora to take on the Eagles. After an bye week, it’s off to Winston County for the league opener with the Tigers of Noxapater, which will be the first of eight region contests.
Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 sees back-to-back home games against West Lowndes and West Oktibbeha, before an Oct. 4 trip to East Oktibbeha.
After an Oct. 11 open date, the Panthers visit Pelahatchie on Oct. 18, host Nanih Waiya on Nov. 1 and visit Sebastopol on Nov. 8 to close out the regular season.