Seminary has been battle-tested this season.Two of the Bulldogs three losses came against Taylorsville and Poplarville – teams that are both competing for a state championship alongside Seminary this weekend.
After a two-year playoff drought, Oak Grove is back in the state championship for the first time since 2014.The Warriors (12-2) battle Horn Lake (14-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the class 6A state title.It’s been many of the same players as the past few years who have led Oak Grove to this point.
Jones College is a victory away from posting ten wins for the first time since 2001 and just the seventh time in school history.The Bobcats were afforded another chance to play when they earned a bowl bid for the first time since 2004.
West Jones did not win 11 games overnight.The Mustangs have been dominant defensively all season long – yielding just 8.4 points per game. However, it was West Jones’ 37-14 win at previously-unbeaten Hattiesburg High in the quarterfinals of the class 5A playoffs that opened people’s eyes.
One of Oak Grove’s only two losses this season came against Brandon in mid-October.Since then, the Warriors have won four straight and find themselves practicing the week of Thanksgiving. Oak Grove meets the Bulldogs for a second time on Friday in the 6A South State title.
The last time Taylorsville (13-0) and Collins (11-1) met on a football field, it was for the 2017 Class 2A South State title.The Tartars prevailed 48-32 on their home turf and went on to win the state championship.
Hattiesburg High is one of the most explosive offensive teams in the state. The Tigers (12-0) average nearly 50 points per game.Their opponent on Friday night – West Jones – surrenders just eight points per game. The Mustangs (10-2) have pitched six shutouts on the season.
Trailing Petal by 20 points, Gulfport was on the verge of letting its season slip away.Moments later, junior Ja’Korian Newsome forced a fumble, the Panthers recovered on their way to a 34-0 upset win over the Admirals (10-2).
After starting the season 1-6, Petal has won its last four games.The Panthers have done so in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents by an average of 18 points in the win streak. The stretch has earned Petal a first-round playoff visit to Gulfport (10-1) on Friday.
Hattiesburg High has been here before.The Tigers enjoyed a 14-0 run all the way to the class 5A state championship before falling to West Point.Hattiesburg is 11-0 in 2018 headed into its first-round playoff matchup with Brookhaven. The Tigers hope to finish the job this time around.
After every practice, the Columbia Wildcats walk past the statue of Walter Payton – their cherished alumnus who at one point owned the NFL record for rushing yards.This monument stands out to two Wildcats in particular – running backs Omar Johnson and Kentrel Bullock.
Mize stayed alive in the class 2A playoffs with a 36-34 win at one-seed Loyd Star on Friday night.Sophomore quarterback Tyrese Ducksworth was sensational with 330 rushing yards to lead the Bulldogs.Mize (4-8) hopes to play upset again when it hosts Richton (8-3) on Friday night.