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October 29th, 2012
It was a long ride home for the thousands of Mississippi State fans who believed prior to the 7:30 start of Saturdayâ€™s ballgame that the Bulldogs would be 8-0 and ranked in the top five in the nation after beating No. 1 Alabama.
It did not work out that way, but all was not a loss for state fans.
At the high school level, north Mississippi boasts teams like West Point, Noxubee County, Starkville and Oxford.
At the junior college level, this area of the state has East Mississippi Community College, which is ranked in the top five in the nation.
Go to the next level and Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the premier college programs in Mississippi in 2012.
First thingâ€™s first.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-5; 2-3) had to defeat Immanuel Christian (3-7; 0-5) on Friday night to even have a shot at a playoff berth.
Mark that one off the checklist. The Raiders slid by Immanuel 20-19 on a cold, windy and slightly rainy Friday night.
Next order of business was to keep an eye on the scoreboard from around the state because a wild card berth would have to come at the hands of Winston Academy and Manchester Academy loses to Leake and Canton respectively.
Sometimes a team has to face the very best early on in order to be ready for greater challenges down the road.
This could be said for the 2012 West Point Green Wave (7-2; 5-0) who will face perhaps their toughest challenge on Friday night when the undefeated Oxford Chargers (9-0; 5-0) come into town.
Itâ€™s not certain if the Chargers will be the best team West Point has faced this year, but Oxford comes to town a district challenger, with the district on the line.
Neither team has lost a district game to date.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (5-5; 1-3) have had some kind of a turn-around season in 2012.
The Raiders did not win a single game during the 2011 campaign, but under new leadership the team has rebounded for five regular season wins with one to go.
That one game that is left is perhaps the biggest of the season. If the Raiders win against Immanuel on Friday night, Oak Hill will have done its job in terms of setting itself up for a playoff appearance.
Every game is critical at this point in the season.
Friday nightâ€™s district match between the West Point Green Wave (7-2;5-0) and Center Hill was no exception. Playing their fifth straight out of seven consecutive division games to end the season, West Point was looking to improve on a stomping of Saltillo the week before.
The Green Wave did just that, taking care of the Center Hill Mustangs 55-7.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (5-5;1-3) have certainly accomplished some of their major goals during the 2012 season.
Having not won a game since 2010, the Raiders got things off to a great start with two consecutive victories to start the year. One of those wins was a district victory against Winston Academy.
On Friday night, the Raiders played their last non-district game against Kirk Academy out of Grenada. Though Oak Hill had its troubles in the middle of the season, they are proving their resilience once again with a second straight win, a 34-14 notch over Kirk.
Hebron Christian returned home in the final game of the season as they played host to Humphreys Academy from Belzoni, Mississippi.
It was Senior night and six players received honors on the night; Will Corbin Rogers, Taylor Coggins, Austin Foster, Jacob Ware, Tyler Doss, and Ryan Moore. Also Senior videographer, Carson Williams, and Senior cheerleader, Heather Jackson, were honored during the nightâ€™s festivities.
Friday night, the West Point High Green Wave travelled north to take on and defeat the Saltillo High Tigers.
First, a retraction from the game story last week. The final touchdown of last weekâ€™s game was scored by number 43; however, #43 is Brad Ewing.
This Friday, though, as with weeks in the past, many more players got a chance to stand out. Antonio Dent (#57), Lagarius Wordlaw (#12), Antreon Bennett (#26), Terrence Minor (#27) and the powerhouse Mario Virges (#20) each made huge contributions throughout the game.
Friday night gave the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (4-5; 1-3) something the team needed desperately. It was a 37-14 victory over New Site.
It had been nearly a month since Oak Hill came out on top in a match. That was a non-district home game against Winona on September 14.
Over the next three weeks, the Raiders fell consecutively to Canton (district), Leake (district) and Heritage. In the last two games, Oak Hill had been out-scored 84-0.