High School Football: Hoover and South Panola to Finally Meet

Chris Yow@@ChrisYow14Analyst INovember 18, 2010

Hoover (Ala.) in a game against Colerain (Oh.) in 2007. The Bucs will take on South Panola (Miss.) in 2011-12.
Hoover (Ala.) in a game against Colerain (Oh.) in 2007. The Bucs will take on South Panola (Miss.) in 2011-12.

Rivals.com is reporting Hoover High School (Alabama) and South Panola High School (Batesville, MS.) will finally settle a long standing argument on the gridiron in 2011 and 2012.

The two Southeastern high school powerhouses will meet on Aug. 27, 2011 in Hoover, Alabama and will meet again in 2012 in Batesville, Mississippi.

Currently, South Panola is ranked No. 1 in the Rivals.com Top 100 poll, while Hoover sits at No. 4.

Both schools have played teams from outside their state before, with South Panola defeating former Hoover coach Rush Propst's Colquitt County (Ga.) Packers 65-35 earlier this season.

Hoover is 6-3 in games played against non-Alabama schools. The Buccaneers have defeated Camden County (Ga.), Nease (Fla.) Evangel Christian (La.), Union (Okla.), Ruston (La.) and, most recently, Byrne (S.C.). The Bucs have lost to Colerain (Oh.), John Curtis (La.) and Camden County (Ga.).

The matchup is heavily anticipated by both schools and coaches. Hoover Athletics Director Myra Miles told Rivals.com the deal was made when both schools agreed to a home-and-home series.

South Panola Head Coach Lance Pogue said he was very excited to show his program off to the country. He added his team would be open to more regional games in the future.

"We don't have much interest in going to California or things like that, but regional games with Hoover, Colquitt and maybe (Louisiana schools) West Monroe or John Curtis would be of interest," Pogue told Rivals.com.

These two schools have been atop their respective classes for the majority of the last decade and the fans are surely in for a treat when the two knock heads on the gridiron.

Luckily for both schools, it will not be a one-and-done series.