By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
History will be made on Panther Field at French Camp Academy on Friday night when Choctaw County High School will play its first ever football game.
“I think playing a team that close to you always adds a little to it,” said CCHS head coach Adam Dillinger about opening the new era of Charger Football against county rival FCA. “They are in the same county and it was a big rivalry game for Weir, and Ackerman always enjoyed played them in different sports as well.”
When Ackerman High School and Weir consolidated at the end of last school year, it pushed the newly formed Choctaw County High School into MHSAA Class 3A, meaning a new schedule had to be put together. CCHS chose to keep Ackerman High School’s already scheduled non-division games, and then tack its Region 5-3A games on to the end. AHS was Class 2A last year, while Weir was 1A.
That left French Camp as not only Choctaw County’s first game of the season, but the Chargers first football opponent ever.
“I’m sure it will be a pretty big crowd, at least I hope it is,” Dillinger said. “It’s our first game and they are coming off a good season.”
That, the Panthers are. FCA went 11-3 last season, reaching the MHSAA Class 1A State championship Game before falling to Stringer 20-17.
“They are going to be really good and should be in the thick of 1A once again,” Dillinger said. “You know they are well-coached and will always be competitive.”
FCA head coach Nathan Wright knows his Panthers will have their hands full when the Chargers roll in on Friday night.
“I know it’s going to be a big game for them,” Wright said. “They have some good athletes and there is a lot of history in both of those programs.”
While the Panthers will be counting on quarterback Jesse Hoskett and slot back Hagan Box to key their attack, the Chargers will be looking for a big game out of a defense that will be led by defensive lineman Trey Brown and Taboris Lee.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m.