While about half of the 24 prep football teams in the “Southern Six” are off this week, several other squads are starting region action this week as well.
In Class 4A, a trio of teams in our coverage area will be playing their first league games on the current campaign in Region 8-4A along with Greene County which teeters on the fringe of the “Southern Six”.
Moss Point heads to Poplarville Friday night in Region 8-4A play, and that contest has been selected as the 228Sports “Kneed to See” Game of the Week sponsored by Bienville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center/Encore Rehab.
These two teams are both coming off substandard performances last week as they each enter Region 8-4A play this week. The teams combined to score ZERO points in a pair of losses, as the Hornets are at home for the second consecutive week after getting thumped by visiting West Jones 42-0. Poplarville stands 3-2 on the season, which is still better than Moss Point which is 1-4 under new head coach John Feaster after taking a 49-0 tail-beating on the road at West Harrison last week.
Each time the Moss Point Tigers take the football field, the Sports Medicine staff from Bienville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center/Encore Rehab is there on the sidelines with the team.
Part of that highly qualified staff is Dr. Eric Washington. Dr. Washington joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in December 2002. He generally works out of their Pascagoula office and Singing River Hospital.
Dr. Washington moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from St. Louis, Missouri. He had practiced orthopaedic surgery in St. Louis since 1989. Dr. Washington grew up in St. Louis and attended Christian Brothers College JROTC High School.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He trained at the University of Illinois in Chicago for his general surgical internship and orthopaedic residency.
After completing his residency, Dr. Washington returned to St. Louis where he developed a private orthopaedic practice and worked as a part-time assistant professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Louis University.
He currently practices general orthopaedics with a special interest in hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Washington has continuously served on various hospital advisory and functional committees. The list of committee memberships includes peer review committees, medical executive committees, orthopaedic division chief, chairman of the surgical subspecialty committee, and trauma committee member.
He previously served as Chief of Staff for Singing River Health System as well as a board member for the Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Washington is married with four children. During his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as golf and spending time on the water as well as relaxing with his family.
In other Region 8-4A play this week, Pass Christian heads to Leaakesville to face home-standing Greene County.