By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
A much-anticipated documentary about high school football in Mississippi is set to be shown around the state in August.
Mississippi Gridiron Gold is an 80-minute movie co-produced by noted attorney and author Mike Frascogna Jr. and former MHSAA executive director Dr. Ennis Proctor.
“I think as far as being an athletic state, this is a story that needed to be told on screen,” Proctor said.
The movie is filled with interviews, collected over the past three years, with legendary football coaches, as well as players and fans, who have helped build the legacy of high school football in Mississippi.
“The movie really goes right along with the book (of the same name),” Said Eupora High School head coach Junior Graham. “It talks about the small towns and the Bible belt and all things that make Mississippi football what it is.”
The film will be shown at the Eupora High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 and Aug. 19. Eupora High School will also host a showing at Starkville’s Hollywood Premiere Cinema at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16.
The movie will be shown on the big screen at Sullivan-Windham Field on the campus of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba this Friday. Noxubee County head football coach Tyrone Shorter said the gates would open at 6 p.m., with the moving beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 each.
“We are inviting several schools to bring their teams to the event and watch the movie with us,” Shorter said.
“It’s faith, family and football down here and sometimes we get those priorities skewed a little,” said current Madison Central and former Louisville High School head football coach Bobby Hall. “It’s 365 days a year. When football season is over people literally start counting down until it comes back again.”