LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A district title will be on the line as Laurel and Wayne County square off on Friday night. The Golden Tornadoes will also be looking to avenge a loss to the War Eagles in the South State Championship a season ago.
"Wayne County's a great football team," said Laurel head coach Todd Breland. "We've got a good tradition with them, a good rivalry, a clean rivalry. We know each other."
"They're always tough," said Laurel senior wide receiver Anthony Jones. "They always give us a good game but we're going to play our style of football."
Laurel's style has been averaging over 45 points per game in its current eight-game win streak. But as Wayne County has won six in a row, the Golden Tornadoes realize how tough it will be to win their third straight Region 3-5A title.
"We work hard, compete every day," Jones said. "Coach Breland, he pushes us to go hard every day, but not too much. But it takes hard work. Make a play and we're known for that, that's what we do."
Having played four times in the last two seasons, these are two teams that have grown quite familiar with one another. However, Laurel's goals extend beyond just a win Friday night.
"We want it bad," Jones said. "We want more than just the district championship. We want that state ring but one step at a time. That's what will make it more important. It's the next game to get where we're trying to get."
"It's part of our goals," Breland said. "When we set our goals at the beginning of the year, this is one of them. Exactly where you want to be in the last game of the year, with a chance to win it and we've put ourselves in that position and so have they. It ought to be a really good game tomorrow night."