HATTIESBURG, MS - In October, PCS knocked off Jackson Prep for the first time in school history. Now in November, the Patriots seek to get even with the Bobcats in the MAIS AAAA Semifinals.
"Gets us kind of pumped up a little more because we know they're going to be out for revenge," said PCS senior quarterback Luke Hudson. "They don't want to lose to PCS."
"Like I say, it's going to be one of the best games you could see," said PCS head coach Joey Hawkins. "They've got a great running back, we've got a great running back. It's an evenly matched game. The one that can stay away from turnovers and make the big plays is going to win it."
PCS got the best of Jackson Prep in the first meeting, a 28-16 win which snapped the Patriots' 29-game win streak in the series.
It's been a season of firsts for the 11-0 Bobcats and tomorrow they add another with their first ever home playoff game.
"Everyone's a little nervous but we want to play with no fear," Hawkins said. "That's this team. They're an even-keel team. They're not a bunch of ra-ra's."
There's no pretending, PCS has never been in an atmosphere like it will be on Friday night. In what's been a historic season, the Bobcats not ready to write their conclusion just yet.
"I know it's been good for our school, on campus has been crazy," Hawkins said. "The community has been so excited about it. It's been a great season for us, but when you get this close you want to finish it off."
"I feel like we'll probably have the most fans we've ever had here before," Hudson said. "I know pretty much everyone in Hattiesburg who's not playing will probably be here. We came this far, why let it go now?"