OHA Raiders gear up for playoffs

Submitted photoThe 2015 Class-AA playoff bracket (Mississippi Association of Independent Schools)
By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

The Oak Hill Raiders (7-3; 3-1 District 2-AA), the No. 10 seed, punched their tickets into the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. Under first-year head coach, Chris Craven, Oak Hill had its best season since 2006 when Randy Carlisle guided the Raiders to a 7-4 overall record. The Raiders square off against the Tri-County Rebels (8-2; 5-1 District 3-AA), who are the No. 7 seed, on Friday night in Flora. All Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class-AA playoff games kick off at 7.
The first-round matchup presents a familiar opponent for Oak Hill as it shared a conference with the Rebels during the 2013 and 2014 seasons before the 2015 realignment. In the two meetings, Tri-County defeated Oak Hill 33-20 and 20-7 in the 2013 and 2014 games, respectively.
Tri-County has an abundance of tradition, winning the MAIS Class-A championship in the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. For Oak Hill, it has been 25 years since the school has lifted an MAIS football trophy. It is also the school’s only MAIS team championship.
The Raiders have won three of their final five games of the season after a 4-1 start. Oak Hill defeated district foes Columbus Christian Academy, Carroll Academy and Deer Creek School. The two losses came to the Winona Christian Stars, the District 2-AA champions, and the Leake Academy Rebels, who made the MAIS Class-3A postseason.

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