Memphis is a basketball town, and after hitting four high school football fields in two and a half hours, I have fresh evidence that Memphis loves its football too.
Memphis-area high school football was in full effect Friday night as the 2013 season got underway. Attendance was high at the four games I attended, with pumped-up fans already in mid-season form.
Melrose, with its legendary Orange Mound community support on display, wasted no time making a statement to MAHS by going into halftime with a 32-2 halftime lead. It was a halftime that featured a Melrose band that had the crowd grooving. The MAHS offense never got on track as Melrose romped 42-2.
East and Southwind displayed an offensive explosion in the second half by going on a touchdown frenzy. East proved to be too much in the end overcoming a 13-0 deficit to win 32-19 at the Fairgrounds stadium.
Ridgeway crossed the state-line to face a packed house in Olive Branch. The Roadrunners tried to put up a fight late in the game, but momentum was killed with a turnover late in the fourth quarter. Olive Branch handled Ridgeway 38-22.
Lausanne broke in its brand new turf in front of a standing room only crowd with a huge win over Fayette Ware, 47-28, after busting out with an early 14-0 lead.