Friday Night Lights will be glowing
Published 12:00 am Friday, November 5, 1999
This is the kind of stuff that prompted books like Friday Night Lights.
Not only do we have Vidalia versus Ferriday for the District 3-2A championship, but we have Cinderella Pine Hills taking on unbeaten Tallulah in the MPSA Class A playoffs, underrated Tensas meeting unbeaten Mount Olive in the playoffs and Franklin County in a must-win situation against Wilkinson County.
First things first.
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You have to go back 10 years or so for a Vidalia-Ferriday contest that meant this much.
Both teams are 3-0 in district.
Both teams can put points on the board, but also have strong defenses.
Something has to give. And it just may be that turnover that is the difference in the game.
Only once since these two teams met has there been an overtime, back in 1996 when Vidalia won at Ferriday.
This one has the makings of another overtime. Make that two.
Vidalia’s Ryan Boles and Ferriday’s Brennan Smith will hit 20-yard field goals in the first overtime.
Vidalia will score in the second overtime and hold Ferriday: Vidalia 23, Ferriday 20.
On to the playoffs.
Pine Hills upset Tri-County last Friday. The Wildcats lost a heartbreaker to Tallulah 14-12 in the first game of the season. Hearts will be pumping with glee in Gloster after tonight: Pine Hills 25, Tallulah 20.
Tensas Academy advanced to South State last year before losing to Mount Olive 10-0 last year. The Chiefs were blanked by Mount Olive 27-0 earlier this year.
Three is a lucky number in St. Joseph: Tensas 14, Mount Olive 12.
Centreville Academy has grown accustomed to this. The defending MPSA Class 3A state champions begin their road back to the title game with a first round contest against Leake. Ho-hum: Centreville 30, Leake 6.
Franklin County’s defense will have the tough task of stopping Wilkinson County’s tough running game.
The Wildcats can finish unbeaten in district and keep the Bulldogs out. Mission accomplished: Wilkinson County 22, Franklin County12.
Natchez High finishes up its season at Forest Hill. This will be a battle to see who does not finish in the cellar of Region 3-5A.
Banking on more pride from the Bulldogs: Natchez 22, Forest Hill 18.
Adams County Christian School may want to take an overnight tent to Hillcrest Christian tonight.
Considering the way Hillcrest quarterback Seth Smith throws the ball and how much AC sophomore Ty Smith is putting it up these days, this one will take a while.
When the dust settles, AC will have a well-deserved: ACCS 28, Hillcrest 20.
Cathedral High also ends its season tonight.
The Green Wave host Bogue Chitto it what would have been quite a game if Cathedral had not moved up to Class 2A.
Bogue Chitto finished 3-1 in District 7-1A. The Bobcats are 7-3 this season.
Cathedral has had a tough row to hoe the past four weeks.
This will be a good chance to show that some things don’t change: Cathedral 26, Bogue Chitto 14.
Port Gibson is probably one of the best 2-8 teams around. Jefferson County will see why: Blue Waves 28, Tigers 6.
Block ends its season at McCall on a down note: McCall 22, Block 6.
Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached by calling 446-5172 ext. 232 or at email@example.com.