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Indians getting the respect; Colonels, not so much

I opened up the paper on Tuesday morning to see who the week’s Top Performers are in the Clarion-Ledger.  I noticed that Tim Steward, a stellar running back and tough linebacker for the Hazlehurst Indians, was mentioned, as he totaled 117 rushing yards, 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in their win over Wilkinson County.  That’s awesome, and he earned it. The 8-0 Indians are also ranked Number 1 in the C-L’s state 3A poll, and have been nearly each week this season.  They are headed for another undefeated regular season barring a complete meltdown.
I was a disappointed not to see Copiah’s Landon Murphy mentioned in the list of top performers from last week.  Murphy rushed for 240 yards–on 15 carries—and scored twice for the  8-1 Colonels in their big win over long-time arch-rival Parklane last Friday. The senior running back is pushing 2,000 yards with one game left on the schedule and is the heart and soul of the offense.
Accordingly, the Colonels are NOT ranked in the C-L’s state MAIS AAAA poll at all.  Undefeated Pres. Christian, who defeated Jackson Prep last week is 1, followed by Prep at 2, Oak Forest at 3 and then 5-3 Jackson Academy at 4 and 7-3 Lamar School at 5.  What gives?  The Colonels are having their best season in 8 years and will be hosting a first-round playoff game, probably against Parklane.
Copiah, who is one of the top 8 largest independent schools in the state, was once everyone’s homecoming opponent and struggled in the larger school classifications of the association for years.  Now, they are keeping up with the big dogs and holding their own in AAAA.  Yes, I know polls don’t matter until the end of the season, but the Colonels should at least be in the 4 spot of the ranking ahead of struggling JA and inconsistent Lamar.  This bunch of AAAA Colonels has earned that recognition.

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