Taylorsville QB Ty Keyes takes off as he is pursued by Lumberton’s Ahmad Dalton. (Photo by Mark Thornton)

Football season kicks off Aug. 17 with Wayne at West, Tartars’ star at NEJ

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The Timber Bowl didn’t have quite the staying power as other bowl games in the state of Mississippi.

Wayne County and Wayne Academy last year tried to revive the game that flourished decades ago, but after one year, it seems to have fallen by the wayside.

West Jones opened the 2017 season at Wayne County in the second game of the Timber Bowl and was beaten, 43-7. 

West Jones did not want to give up a home gate, especially against a rival such as Wayne County, and elected to play the game at Mustang Stadium this year. Kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 17 at West Jones.

In addition to Wayne County, the Mustangs will play county rival Northeast Jones and travel to Bay Springs in non-Region 3-5A play. The defending Laurel Leader-Call Battle for the Belt champions will look to keep hold of the belt this year when it travels to Laurel on Oct. 12 and hosts South Jones on Oct. 19.

The local prep schedules are the same as last season except the sites change. Every two years, schools in Mississippi are re-districted and schedules redrawn.

In what has become a recent tradition, Laurel will travel to play rival Hattiesburg on a Saturday night (Aug. 25) in the Lil’ Brown Jug game. The Naders open the season on Aug. 17 against Callaway Between the Bricks, then play Class 6A heavyweights Oak Grove at home and Petal on the road.

Laurel will host Ole Brook for homecoming on Sept. 28 and will play a Thursday night game at Jackson Wingfield on Oct. 4.

Northeast Jones will open the season against Taylorsville and star quarterback Ty Keyes. The incoming sophomore torched opponents’ for more than 4,000 and 50 touchdowns.

All games begin at 7 each night.