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Anticipation builds for huge high school football matchup

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BATESVILLE, MS (WMC-TV) - Excitement and anticipation were in the air Friday as two of the biggest high school football powerhouses in the Mid-South prepared to take the field in a regionally televised matchup.

Keith Moore his staff spent Friday busily preparing South Panola's football stadium for a huge matchup against Olive Branch.

"It's a lot of work on us, these big football nights," he said.
With over 10,000 tickets sold and 8,500 fans expected to pack the stands, Moore and his 10 member crew toiled for hours, both on and off the field.

"I've got two electricians, a plumber and a grass crew.  We had a lot of rain here, so we've been cutting wet grass all week," he said.
Fans can look forward to several improvements this year, including enhanced lighting and a newly renovated press box.

"We've got a whole lot more room, that's for sure," maintenance worker Cameron Coker said. "We can hold a lot more folks rather than cramming 20 into a little bitty space over there"
Crews also spent the day running cable as they prepared matchup.  Aerial video and a jumbo video screen will showcase both teams in a way usually reserved for college or professional games.

"It's fun to watch the fans come out and see how packed we can get it," Moore said. "We got a nice looking facility here and we like to showcase it to the opposing team."

As workers prepared, excited fans fired up their grills.

"We have burgers, chicken, wings...anything you can possibly put on the grill, we have it," Michelle Woodard said.

Fans looked forward to what they said would be an epic battle on the field.

"Olive Branch is a powerful passing team and South Panola is a powerful runner," Justin Pope said. "It's going to be a pretty equal match."

A match many diehard fans said they wouldn't miss for anything.

"Anytime South Panola plays Olive Branch it's always exciting, because that's two teams that want to have the spot for Mississippi as being number one," Jack Perkins said.

The game airs live on WMC-TV 5 Friday night beginning at 7:00pm.

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