Fans at this evening’s Biloxi-Gulfport high school football game – whether watching from a stadium seat or on WLOX – will see a football game that has many of the pre-game trappings of an NFL contest.
The game, which begins at 7:20 p.m. from Biloxi High School stadium, represents the finale of Cellular South’s season-long “Y’all vs. Us” series, which has spotlighted high school football rivalries. The game will be telecast locally on WLOX and on TV screens across the state and in Memphis.
Fireworks, skydiving and a jumbotron screen will be part of the extras this evening, giving the a pre-game atmosphere of a college or professional sporting event.
Teams will enter the playing field under massive 25- to 30-foot tower propane flames, similar to those employed at the Super Bowl last year and at select NFL games. Four members of the All-American Skydiving Team will glide into the stadium this evening, with one member of the team flying a 1,000-square-foot “Y’all vs. Us” flag; and a huge jumbotrol screen will be erected near the field to display interviews with coaches and fans, and game action.
Holly Hollis: Four generations of the Hollis family -- all of whom played for Biloxi over the years -- will be among the throng expected at the game this evening. There's William Hollis (BHS, 1952); his great-nephew, Ross, who will be playing for Biloxi this evening; Dix (Ross's dad); Dixie (Ross's grandfather); and William (Ross' great-uncle). Another uncle, Dan (deceased), also played for BHS, representing a fifth generation.
News and notes
November's lineup: To see the month's athletics schedule, click here.
Drill team: Another week, another round of recognition for Biloxi’s Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team. See the story from MSgt. Kenneth Melton by clicking here.