Friday Night Ticket
by Andy Collier
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4A State Playoffs

Rosa Fort (11-1) at

Cleveland High (8-5)

Parks Field at Mickey Sellers Stadium should provide a rocking atmosphere as the Cleveland High School Wildcats will host the Rosa Fort Lions for the third round of the 4A State Football Playoffs.

Both Cleveland and Rosa Fort have been on a roll this year. After starting the year 0-2, Cleveland has won eight of its last 11 games. When the Wildcats finished second in the Region 3-4A after losing to Greenwood 46-20 three weeks back, the chances of them advancing far in the playoffs seemed slim at the time. Cleveland has found its groove, however, as the team beat West Lauderdale 42-32 in the first round at Cleveland and Byhalia 55-21 at Byhalia. In their two playoffs game, Cleveland has rushed for an average of 368.5 yards a game and 6.4 yards a carry.

Cleveland will have to continue its good work against a Rosa Fort team that has won its last seven games in a row. Rosa Fort has some coaches that have some local ties. Rosa Fort head coach Edwin Norwood is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and has served as an assistant coach at CHS in the past. Assistant coach Scott Eyster played quarterback at Delta State University from 2003-06 and served as Cleveland head coach in 2010, while assistant coach Kwame Jackson is a graduate of Cleveland High and has served as an assistant coach at the school.

The Wildcats have done well in head coach Kelly Causey’s three years with the team as this marks the second time CHS has advanced as far as the third round of the playoffs in his tenure.

The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Lafayette-Noxubee County game for the 4A North Half Championship next week.

3A Playoffs

Louisville (13-0) at

East Side (10-3)

The East Side Trojans, under first year head coach Kendrick Woodard, has improved with each game.

After being 3-3 at one point in the season, the Trojans have seven in a row. East Side’s offense in the playoffs has been on fire as of by scoring 40 or more points in a game five times during the winning streak. Jalen Thomas has done a great job of leading the offense ever since he was named starting quarter.

East Side, who is scoring an overall average of 33.4 points a game, will be playing in the third round of the 3A State Football Playoffs for a third consecutive season as the team hosts the Louisville High School Wildcats. The Wildcats have won all 13 of its games by 11 points or more. Louisville is extremely balanced as the team has rushed for 155.3 yards per game with 30 total touchdowns and thrown for 173 yards a game with 28 total touchdowns. Louisville has outscored its opponents 523-80 this season.

East Side has relied a lot on its ground game by rushing for 326.5 yards a game with an average of 8.2 yards a carry. The Trojans’ defense has given up 20.6 points per game.

To advance to the third round, East Side defeated Nettleton 42-13 and North Panola 57-38, while Louisville defeated Ruleville 69-0 and Water Valley 56-27.

East Side has won 10 or more games in a four straight years, while Louisville has won 10 or more games for three straight seasons.

The winner of the East Side-Louisville game will play the winner of the Charleston-North Pontotoc game for the 3A North Half Championship next week.

Kickoff for Friday is set for 7 p.m.

2A State Playoffs

West Bolivar (9-3) at

Calhoun City (9-3)

After losing several star seniors from last year’s team along with long time head coach Henry Johnson leaving to take the Clarksdale job, many people felt the West Bolivar Eagles would strictly be on the basketball court at the end of November with their football pads put up for another year.

Under first year head coach Joac Williams, the Eagles have proved many people wrong as they are still alive on the football field in the latter part of November. West Bolivar has been able to succeed with a stingy defense as the Eagles are giving up just 7.8 points per game, which is the lowest in the state in 2A and third lowest out of all the schools in all six classifications.

The Eagles will hit the road on Friday as they play the Calhoun City Wildcats in the third round of the 2A State Football Playoffs. The Wildcats’ offense has been strong by scoring 28.9 points a contest.

The Eagles have advanced to the third round of the playoffs for nine straight seasons, while the Wildcats have advanced as far the third nine times in the last 12 seasons.

This game will mark the fourth time in eight years the two teams have met each other in the playoffs. Calhoun City beat West Bolivar 35-34 in 2006 in third round in Rosedale and 30-19 in the 2A North Half Title game in 2010. West Bolivar got revenge in 2011 with a 32-14 victory in the 2A North Half Title game. In 2011, the Eagles won the 2A State Title.

The winner of the West Bolivar-Calhoun City game will take on the winner of Baldwyn-Eupora in the 2A North Half Title game next week.

Kickoff for Friday is set for 7 p.m.

1A State Playoffs

Smithville (9-3) at

Broad Street (9-2)

The Broad Street High School Jaguars are having a dream season.

The Jaguars, under the leadership of head coach Damaris Mitchell, have won their last six games. Broad Street has played well in the close games as five of their wins have been by eight points or less. The team has also played good inside the friendly confines of Lit Parker Evans Field in Shelby by posting a perfect 6-0 record at home. The nine wins Broad Street has this year are the most the team has racked up since 2001 when it went 11-2 and advanced to the third round of the 2A State Playoffs.

The Jaguars, won their game with Falkner 47-29 in the first round of the 1A State Playoffs in Shelby, will be at home again for the second round when they host the Smithville High School Seminoles. Smithville advanced to the second round by edging out Shaw 22-20 last week.

This is the first time Smithville has made it as far as the second round since 2010. Broad Street is in the second round of the playoffs for the second time in three years. The Jaguars have been able to succeed with several different players stepping up in key times.

The winner of the Broad Street-Smithville game will play the winner of the St. Aloysius-Hamilton game next week in the 1A North Half Title game.

Kickoff for Friday is set for 7 p.m.