Gridiron Glory

Authored by X.M. Frascogna, Jr.X.M. Frascogna, III, and Martin Frascogna. The seeds for Mississippi high school football were planted in the Mississippi Delta on December 9, 1905. It all started when Penard Magruder of Yazoo City circled right end and raced into the end zone to score the first touchdown in the very first high school game played in Mississippi. On that dusty field in the Delta on a Saturday afternoon, Yazoo City would go on to defeat Winona and claim the inaugural victory in the history of high school football in the Magnolia state. More than 100 years later the fertile soil of Mississippi has produced countless harvests of football heroes, intense rivalries and historic moments that still linger in the gridiron lore of the state considered as the top football state in America. Supporting the annual crop of football talent is the unique cultural climate of Mississippi. Driven by its small towns under the heavy influence of the Bible Belt, a ministry of coaches, the impace of integration in the late ’60s and early ’70s, coupled with a blue collar work ethic and old fashion ways, the legacy of Mississippi high school football continues to flourish. Gridiron Glory reveals through a series of photographs spanning from 1905 showing Charlie Trotter, who played quarterback for Winona in the first football game played in Mississippi, all the way to South Panola capturing the first 6-A Division Championship trophy in 2009, together with countless individuals, teams and moments that have helped to create the special gridiron legacy of the Magnolia state.

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