Teams look for late season wins

Published 12:37 am Monday, October 29, 2007

NATCHEZ — With the regular season coming to an end, there are those football teams who are in the playoffs, close to being in the playoffs and the ones that are left out.

Trinity, Huntington and Centreville are locks to head into the MPSA playoffs.

Trinity and Centreville will be No.1 seeds in the Class AA Bracket.

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“I couldn’t be happier with my team,” Trinity head coach David King said. “No one thought we would do this well with all we lost.”

Trinity lost star player Stevan Ridley and a host of other players, including what King said was his best offensive line ever after they took the Class A championship last season.

Trinity will face the No. 2 Wildcard team. It could be Bowling Green Academy, Riverfield or River Oaks.

“You don’t want to see at team you already faced twice,” King said. “But the way things are now, it’s a good chance we’ll face Bowling Green.

Centreville will face the No. 1 Wildcard team in round one. With the way things stand, it’s going to be Central Private.

In their first meeting, Centreville handed Central Private their first loss of the season beating them 36-6.

Huntington goes into the Class A playoffs as the No. 2 seed. They will face the No. 1 seed out of District 4A.

Other teams out of the MPSA that have some work left to do are WCCA and Tensas Academy.

“As it sits right now, we are the No. 2 Wildcard team,” WCCA head coach Sam Byrd IV said. “We must win this week to stay in.”

WCCA takes on Amite School Center Friday night.

Byrd said his team had to overcome late season injuries to have put themselves in playoff contention.

As for the Mississippi and Louisiana public schools, three teams have locked up playoff spots.

The undefeated Ferriday Trojans currently sit No. 9 in the power rankings.

This could set up a rematch with the Sterlington Panthers. Ferriday defeated Sterlington 18-13 on Oct. 12.

Jefferson County has locked a playoff spot but depending on if they win Friday night at Wilkinson County and the outcome of the North Pike/South Pike game, they could be either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

The biggest surprise is Block High School. After a terrible showing in the first part of their season, they rebounded to go 3-1 in district play.

They receive a playoff spot by default for winning their district.

Natchez High and Franklin County still have a shot to make the post season.

The Tigers have to defeat Amite County this week and they are in.

Natchez High has to get a win over Wingfield to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

“Wingfield is a tough team,” Natchez head coach Lance Reed said. “We’re not in yet. We still have to win.”

The MPSA playoffs start on Nov. 9 and public school playoffs start on Nov. 16.