Wildcats getting early test

By By Tony Krausz/assistant sports editor
July 25, 2004
Meridian High School's football team will be tested on the gridiron before its 2004 season officially starts.
The Wildcats will travel to Wayne County on Aug. 20 for a jamboree against the defending Class 4A State champion War Eagles.
The jamboree, which was originally supposed to be played between Meridian High, Wayne County and Ocean Springs, will feature the varsity teams playing in one half, and the Meridian High and Wayne County junior varsity teams playing in the other.
Originally, it was set up that you had to have at least three teams in it, but when (Ocean Springs) fell out, it was too late to get anyone else."
Meridian High will kick off the season on the road against Clinton on Aug. 27, and the Wildcats will open at home on Sept. 3 against Starkville.
Meridian High wraps up its non-district schedule traveling to Laurel on Sept. 10 and hosting St. Martin on Sept. 17.
The Wildcats begin district play with back-to-back road games traveling to Hattiesburg on Sept. 24 and Natchez on Oct. 1.
The contest against Natchez will be the farthest trip for the Wildcats this season, a fact that makes Stanley very happy.
Meridian High returns home on Oct. 8 to host Picayune, and the Wildcats follow with another home contest against Oak Grove on Oct. 15, the school's homecoming game.
The two mid-October games will have a bit of a revenge factor for Meridian High.
Last year, the Wildcats lost 17-14 to Picayune in overtime on the road, and Meridian High followed that loss with another heartbreaker at Oak Grove.
The Wildcats fell 28-21 to Oak Grove, after moving the ball down to the one-yard line but running out of time to punch in a game-tying score.
Meridian High travels to Brandon for its final road game of the season on Oct. 22, and the team finishes the year with back-to-back home games.
The Wildcats host Hancock on Oct. 29, and they will play Northwest Rankin at Ray Stadium on Nov. 5.

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