It's rare for a school to have the opportunity to go for their 3rd straight state title, but the Bassfield Yellowjackets are trying to accomplish that feat for the 2nd time in school history tomorrow against Calhoun City.
"To actually make it to this point and still have that ultimate goal out there in front of us has really energized our guys," said head coach Lance Mancuso.
Senior running back Trodrick Daniels said, "Man, it feels awesome. [There's] a lot of people doubting us out there, even in our community. Fans were getting on us. We lost two games, but we came back harder."
While the opponent may be the same, the Yellowjackets are expecting a different team altogether,
"Last year we had just a whole bunch of playmakers," said Daniels. "We couldn't fill everybody's spot that left us last year, so we're just going to have to play hard and the best team wins."
Mancuso added, "For [Calhoun City], it's obviously experience. They have a very talented football team. I only think they lost two seniors off of last year's football team."
No matter who they face on the field, Daniels wants his team to go down in history.
"That would be a great thing, people remembering us, our Class of 2015, as a great team that so many people didn't think we could get here, but we showed them different."
Bassfield and Calhoun City are set for a 3 p.m. kickoff in Starkville at Davis Wade Stadium, Friday.