The Clinton Arrows hope to do something Friday that hasnít been done since 2009: Win the first two games of the season.
CHS will host Ridgeland at 7 p.m. at Arrow Field in the home opener. The Arrows are 1-on the season after a big 35-28 upset win over then eighth-ranked Pearl High on the road.
Clinton will also be trying be trying to win a home game for the first time since November 2012, when the Arrows defeated Southaven in the opening round of the 2012 MHSAA playoffs. In 2013, the Arrows lost all five home games.
The Titans also are 1-0 after a 22-8 season opening win at Mendenhall last week.
Clinton and Ridgeland donít have a lot of history. Friday will only be the sixth meeting. Clinton leads the series 3-2, including last yearís 21-14 win at Ridgeland. CHS also came out on top 33-20 in 2009, and 21-3 in 2012. The Titans claimed back to back victories in 2010, 15-10, and 39-32 in 2011.
Ridgeland was 7-5 in 2013, falling to Clarksdale in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Titans have one of the best records in the metro area over the past five years, averaging 10 wins a season. RHS won 10 games or more in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Leading Ridgeland on offense will be returning running back Jabril Haymon, who had 1,181 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. He will split time in the Titan backfield with KamíRon White.
Returning on defense on the front line are Emmanuel Nash and 362-pound Jessie Banks. The duo combined for 73 tackles in 2013.
ďI hope we have a real good crowd come out to our home opener,Ē said Arrow head coach Judd Boswell. ďThis group has worked so hard. Ridgeland is a quality opponent, and we will have to play very hard and limit turnovers to have a chance to win.Ē