Last year, M.L. King and Stephenson participated in this event against teams from Florida. This season, both of these teams will compete once again and Tucker and Marist will join them. All of the games will be at Hallford Stadium, beginning with Marist facing Godby in the morning.
“I want to win the first game against Godby,” senior offensive lineman Sage Hardin said. “That will set the tone for our season. They are one of the best teams in the country.”
Last Saturday, Godby fell 32-13 to IMG Academy, while the War Eagles had the week off.
“We are jumping into the fire again but truthfully we are glad and thankful to be able to experience these kinds of games,” said Godby coach Ronnie Cottrell before the season. “We like to do them as long as we are asked.”
After the War Eagles and Godby are done playing, M.L. King will meet Norland. Just like Godby, the Norland Vikings also lost their opener, a 28-7 shortcoming to Flanagan last Thursday. The Lions, whose new coach is Nicolas Kashama, did not have a game last week.
Then the action will continue with Stephenson and Central. The Jaguars aim to improve to 2-0 in this challenge and 2-0 this season after a 41-6 rout over Arabia Mountain last week. Ivonte Patterson ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns and Kyseem Tillman had two rushing scores.
Last season, Stephenson defeated Norland in the Battle of the Borders challenge.
The nightcap of this event will feature Tucker versus Booker T. Washington. The Tigers will be seeking their first win of the season following a 32-29 overtime loss to Norcross last Saturday in the Corky Kell Classic.
Delvin Weems rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and Elijah Sullivan added two scores for Tucker, which committed four turnovers, including a fumble in overtime.
Last Saturday, Booker T. Washington cruised past Oscar Smith from Virginia 57-21.