Two teams who have grown accustomed to post-season football opportunities are finding themselves fighting for their playoff lives.
Hazlehurst, 6-4, 1-3, were upset by Jefferson County last week, thrusting the Indians into a showdown with Amite County on Friday night for fourth place–and a playoff berth–in div. 7-3A. A loss by the Indians would most likely move Wilkinson County into the fourth spot.
Copiah Academy, 5-5, 1-3, is in a similar situation. The Colonels dropped a 12-6 decision to then-1–8 East Rankin–a South AAA Div II foe–last Friday. That loss sets up a showdown with the only other South AAA Div. II team on the schedule, Oak Forest. In the overall South AAA, Copiah, East Rankin and Oak Forest all stand at 1-3. Oak Forest and East Rankin–who faces Presbyterian Christian on Friday–can get in the playoffs with a win or a loss, depending on what the other does. Copiah MUST win on Friday to enter the post-season.
Wesson, at 8-1, 3-1 in 6-2A, faces Puckett, who leads the division with a 4-0 record. A Cobra win ensures at least a third place finish. Combined with a Loyd Star loss to Hinds AHS, the Cobras would move into a first place tie with Puckett and would be the 1-seed for the post season. A Cobra loss would most likely leave them at third place, unless Hinds can upset Loyd Star, dropping Wesson to fourth place.
Kickoffs for the games this Friday are at 7:00. Hazlehurst is at Amite County. Copiah hosts Oak Forest. Wesson hosts Puckett. It’s do or die for the first two teams. Get out and support these players and coaches!