STARKVILLE – The Class 6A champ will have to wait to be crowned.
South Panola and Oak Grove will resume the MHSAA state championship game on Sunday at 4 p.m. after extensive delays on Friday. There will be no admission charge for the rescheduled game.
Power went out at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium after lightning struck a transformer, bringing the game to an abrupt halt.
Severe weather pushed the delay further — more than two-and-a-half hours — before the decision was made to reschedule at about 10 p.m.
“It’s disappointing,” South Panola coach Lance Pogue said. “But there’s nothing we can do about it. I was a fan of trying to wait it out a little bit more since we were already here. But it is what it is. We just have to refocus. We’ll get together (today) and do a little more prep.”
The contest will resume play with the Tigers holding a 7-0 lead.
South Panola wide receiver Cole Rotenberry put the Tigers on the scoreboard on their opening possession. The junior corralled a low Tyler Pogue pass on a slant route and darted 50-yards for the score with 7:27 left in the first quarter.
Oak Grove went three-and-out on its first possession.
“You get so pumped and mentally ready for a game, it’s really hard to calm down. It’s not what you want,” South Panola running back Darrell Henderson said. “But at least we showed we can play with these guys.”
The Warriors are seeking to defend their 6A title.
The Tigers are hunting for their 11th championship.
“We’ve gone through a lot this season,” Pogue said. “What’s one more little bump in the road?”
The entire Mississippi State campus was out of power until roughly 8:05 p.m.
“I just hope that rain didn’t wash away our mojo,” Henderson said.