PINE BELT (WDAM) - An old coaching axiom insists that football teams make the most improvement between the first and second games on the schedule.
Oak Grove and Wayne County high schools are hoping for just that.
The perennial Pine Belt powerhouses were ambushed along the Mississippi River last week in the Red Carpet Classic in Vicksburg, with Oak Grove falling to Warren Central High School 29-3 and Wayne County dropping a 35-20 decision to Vicksburg High School.
The Class 6A Warriors (0-1) and Class 5A War Eagles (0-1) will kick off at 7 p.m.
"We're both coming off losses, as a matter of fact, on the same field," Wayne County coach Todd Mangum said. "The biggest thing we're looking for is improvement from week one to week two. "Most times, teams will have improvement. I know Oak Grove will and I hope we have the same improvement."
Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said he hopes so after the Warriors (0-1) could only manage a 27-yard field goal against Vikings.
"We've got a lot of guys, on both sides of the ball, who had never played," Causey said. "We've got some injuries that we're dealing with. Guys have to step up. There's a big learning curve, but we're young and we're only going to get better. It's a learning game for all of us."
Both teams' starting quarterbacks made the first starts of their careers last week with Max Crawford getting the nod for the Warriors and Josh Page for the War Eagles.
"He did some good things in the passing game, made some really good checks for us at the line of scrimmage," Causey said of Crawford.
Tanner Slay also took snaps at quarterback for Oak Grove at Warren Central, and Causey said he was not sure how snaps would be distributed against Wayne County.
"We may play two or we may just make a decision on one and see what happens," Causey said.
Magnum said Page did fine for his first time out.
"We moved into that position in the spring, so he's still developing," Mangum said. "He's carryng himself well, handling the offense. He's doing well."