Instant classic in Collins
Collins vs. West Marion part four was another instant classic. But it didn’t start off that way. Late in the second quarter the Tigers were well in control, 32-6. A key Trojan touchdown before halftime sparked West Marion to 30 unanswered points, giving them the lead early in the fourth quarter, 36-32. With the game on the line, Collins looked to quarterback Detric Hawthorn. Hawthorn led the Tigers down the field and ran it in from a yard out to give Collins the lead and the win, 40-36. It was the second time this season in which West Marion had a late lead on Collins, but gave it away.
Lumberton falls to Resurrection
Lumberton’s Cinderella story came to an end Friday as the Panthers couldn’t summon enough offense to knock off the unbeaten Eagles on the road. Daylon Burks and the Panther offense were stuffed by the Eagle defense and could only muster eight points, the same amount they scored in the first matchup between the two in October. After going 0-4 to start the year, the Panthers finish at 8-6, a successful first year for coach Zach Jones.
Petal moves on to 6A State Championship
In a rematch between two heavyweights, Petal came out on top of Meridian once again, this time to move on to the 6A State Championship vs. Starkville. Petal, down 28-23 in the fourth quarter, used Tanner Estill and Stephon Huderson to score 13 points in the fourth quarter. Despite two fourth quarter interceptions by Meridian and five Division I scholarship athletes on the team, the Wildcats could not stop the Panther offense and lost the rematch, 36-28. Petal will face Starkville at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Oxford for the 6A State Championship.
Bassfield aims for fourth state title
Bassfield cruised to a 43-28 win over Bay Springs in the 2A South State Championship game and now the Yellowjackets’ eyes turn to East Webster. East Webster is the only thing standing in Bassfield’s way of a fourth consecutive 2A State Championship. The game will be the toughest test so far this season for Bassfield as East Webster also walks into the 2A State Championship Game with an easy win in 2A North State over Baldwyn, 28-14. With a 14-1 record, the Wolverines have been on a collision course with Bassfield and now the two can finally meet to determine the 2A state champion. Bassfield will face East Webster at 3 p.m. Friday in Oxford.
Marcus Boyles vs. Ricky Woods
The Panthers and head coach Marcus Boyles will face a talented Starkville team with a legendary head coach in Ricky Woods.
Woods, famous for his dynasty at South Panola with four state championships and two at Ackerman, is back in Mississippi and in his first year as Starkville head coach, has the Yellowjackets in the State Championship Game.
Boyles, too, is no slouch with five state championships while at Wayne County and Taylorsville. The last time the two faced off, Boyles got the better of Woods in the 2002 5A State Championship game when Wayne County beat South Panola.
Collins vs Charleston II
Collins is not done with teams who want to exact their revenge on the Tigers. In the 2014 3A State Championship Game, Collins bested Charleston in overtime, 28-20. With pretty much the exact same rosters as in 2014, the 2015 game will be one for the ages. Charleston demolished Aberdeen in the 3A North State Championship Game, 37-6. With only two losses on the year, Charleston might be an even bigger threat to Collins’ chances of a repeat at 3A State Championship than even its rival West Marion. Kickoff between the two teams is 11 a.m. Saturday in Oxford.