What: Joe Bowl
Where: Falkner, MS
When: Thursday, August 29th 7 p.m.
Falkner and Walnut meet for the 19th time since the series trophy, the Joe Bowl, was first awarded in 2001. Both teams are coming off of week 1 losses in which they gave up over 40 points. Falkner lost to NorthPoint Christian. Walnut lost to Scott’s Hill (Tn).
Recent history has the series even, with Falkner winning in 2015 (20-14) and 2018 (50-34) and Walnut taking the trophy in 2016 (31-14) and 2017 (30-12). Last years contest was the highest combined scoring output in the series history.
As far as all time history? This contest has been played 57 times. The all-time series record? 28-28-1. Falkner leads the all-time scoring by 10 points, 1090-1080.
Falkner is still trying to find their offensive identity after being shut out last week at Northpoint Christian. Walnut, meanwhile, found success through the air with Cade Hunt finding Brandon Shields, Chase Rogers and TJ Colom for touchdowns.
Speaking of Colom, he is set to become the first player to suit up for both Falkner and Walnut and play in the Joe Bowl. He had a breakout game last season for Falkner against Walnut and he looks to duplicate that as a member of the Wildcats this season.
When it comes to the Joe Bowl, anything can happen. It has seen last second wins, upsets, breakout performances and stars emerge. This year will surely be no different. Whichever team comes to play with the most will and determination will most likely raise the trophy.