The Woodville football team’s 2019 home opener has a bit of a historic spin to it.
The Panthers host fellow Jackson County team Pisgah Friday at 7 p.m. at Frazier Field.
Pisgah will become only the second Jackson County team that Woodville, which began playing football in 2006, has hosted at its on-campus stadium Frazier Field since it opened in 2012.
“That’s kind of a cool thing,” said Woodville head coach Jay Powell. “We’re excited about that. We’re expecting a big crowd, a good atmosphere for it.”
The teams met for the first time last season with Pisgah posting a 50-28 win at PHS.
The rematch features teams that are now more similar in their offensive approaches. Both base from run-first offensive sets, wanting to control the football and play a physical brand of football.
“They look a lot different on offense than last year and have looked pretty good in it,” said Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt of Woodville’s Wing-T offense.
Meanwhile, Powell called Pisgah “a big physical team” that his team must match play for play.
“They’re a typical Pisgah team, big and strong and well coached,” he said. “We’ve got to do our assignments and be physical.”
Woodville (0-1) opened its season last week with a 40-13 loss at Waterloo. The Panthers played most of the game without tailback Da'vion Johnson. The senior suffered an injury on the Panthers’ second offensive series, closing with 52 yards on three carries.
Powell said Johnson’s availability for the game is “up in the air.”
“If we’re missing Da'vion,” Powell said, “we’ve got to have somebody else step up and help Jackson (Peek) back there in the backfield.”
Peek ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns against Waterloo.
Pruitt called Johnson and Peek a dangerous duo for opposing teams.
“They’re really good runners and good at making big plays for them,” Pruitt said. “I know Da’vion kind of got banged up last week, but he’s a really good runner. The quarterback (Peek) is like a running back that can throw.”
Meanwhile, Pisgah is coming off a jamboree at Ider last week that Pruitt said produced mixed results.
“We saw a lot of things that we have to fix, but the good news is, they’re correctable,” he said. “We need to see those corrections on the field (this week), play physical, get to the ball and tackle well. We’ve got to be productive in the kicking game and protect the football on offense.”