COLLINS, Miss. (WDAM) - For the second time this season, Taylorsville and Collins will meet, however this time it’s do-or-die.
The Tigers (4-7, 2-2) playoff run is still alive despite missing their starting quarterback Hershey McLaurin, who has been out since Week 3 with a knee injury.
“They’re athletic," said Tartar’s head coach Mitch Evans. "Coach Booth does a great job. Their best player, Hershey, goes down with a knee injury and to be still playing now without their best player. I know how that is with last year’s state championship. It’s a tribute to how good he does over there.”
“After my quarterback got hurt in the third game, we tried to put the offense down," said Tigers head coach Eric Booth. “We got a ninth-grade kid now, so I had to cut the offense down to make sure he gets everything, but since then we’ve been progressing each week.”
The second round will continue to put Collins to the test. Taylorsville (11-1, 5-0) shows no sign of slowing down with quarterback Ty Keyes under center. The junior has passed for over 3,000 yards and 39 touchdowns so far this season.
“He a great quarterback”, said Coach Booth on Keyes. "He’s got a wide receiver that knows how to catch the ball. A good running game with him, so defense is in a bad situation, but we just got to do what we do upfront and on the backside. Do what we got to do and everything will be alright.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Collins High School.