Mississippi State’s game with Northwestern State is an easy one to overlook this weekend, but the matchup has special meaning to two former high school teammates, Dak Prescott and J.D. Almond.
Both quarterbacks attended Haughton High School in Louisiana where Almond was Prescott’s backup during his sophomore season in 2010. Prescott was a senior that year and led the Buccaneers to a perfect record through eight weeks. He suffered an injury during Week 9, but Almond came on to lead Haughton High and preserve the perfect record, according to Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.
This Saturday, Prescott and Almond will be under center for Mississippi State and Northwestern State, respectively.
Through high school, the two players and their families became close. This week, Almond sent Prescott a friendly reminder over SnapChat that the Northwestern State Demons are coming for the Bulldogs this Saturday.
“We had formed some type of relationship and it obviously got stronger as I got to high school,” Almond told Bonner. “It’s still as close as it was back then. That’s the good thing about it.”
Prescott is looking forward to the game as well, and joked that he hopes his friend doesn’t have a great day.
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— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) September 17, 2015