County rivalry set to open 2014 season Friday night

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw County Plaindealer

The Chargers of Choctaw County High School are set to open their second-ever football season on Friday night when they take on county rival and

defending MHSAA Class 1A State Champion French Camp Academy at 7.
“This week is the first game of the year and your focus better be on your team,” said CCHS head coach Adam Dillinger. “You really don’t know a lot about your opponent because you haven’t been able to scout them and scheme against them, so you just have to work on getting yourself better.”
While FCA won the 1A title last year, they only have two returning starters on defense and none on offense.
“When you are preparing for the first game you better assume everybody is going to be good,” Dillinger said. “You just have to make sure you are lining up in the right place and doing things the right way.”
While CCHS did not play in a jamboree, French Camp played two quarters against Montgomery County last Friday with the game ending in a 0-0 deadlock.
“We certainly have a lot of things to work on, but the main thing is that our kids are working hard,” said FCA head coach Nathan Wright. “We are not working real smart right, now but we are working hard.”
Last season CCHS took a 21-16 win over French Camp in the Chargers first-ever football game.
“I think they are gong to be well-coached and they have some good athletes,” Wright said of the Chargers. “That’s about all I know.”
After opening with FCA, Choctaw County will visit Winona on Aug. 29 before hosting North Pontotoc and Union the next two weeks.
French Camp will play host to Eupora on Aug. 29 before visiting Kemper County on Sept. 5. The Panthers open Region 3-1 play on Sept. 12 when Noxapater pays a visit.

The FCA Varsity Cheerleaders perform for Meet the Panthers.

The FCA Varsity Cheerleaders perform for Meet the Panthers.