| Football Teams in Miss. Are Just Cowards
BY MYRA BEAN
Could you believe South Panola can’t beg, borrow or steal a game for the upcoming season except for two teams not in Region 5A and 2-5A foe, Greenville?
Everybody backed down from South Panola except inner-county rival, North Panola, always rival Clarksdale and the always tough Greenville.
The surprise of this list is North Panola.
My job of covering Panola County sports include North Panola, South Panola and North Delta. Even though I have some help, I get to these schools myself pretty often.
So, no, I do not like to see my teams playing each other. I would have to put on my professional veneer (ha) to cover this momentous event. It has been 13 years since these two teams have suited up against each other.
Not all of the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted and nothing is really confirmed yet, but whatever the outcome, the fact that North Panola wanted to go for this challenge is big enough news yet.
Yet, as powerhouse 5A teams backed down from a confrontation with South Panola, North Panola never thought to refuse.
Now, who are the cowards in this state?
It looks to me like the other schools in this state are just opening the door for South Panola to just walk in and take the state championship without a fight.
What kind of fun is that?
I know Starkville, Columbus, Tupelo, Horn Lake, West Point, Olive Branch and Southaven are glad they are in district play. They don’t have to defend themselves after this column hits the streets.
I can’t believe Moss Point and Clinton backed out of the schedule.
The rivalry between South Panola and Grenada goes back so far, everybody has quit counting. Yet, Grenada has an open date the same as South Panola and refuses to fill it with the Tigers.
Yeah, I’m calling all of those teams cowards and I double-dog-dare any of them to call South Panola up and fill those open dates.
Give me a call when the slot is filled.
I don’t even know what those dates are and don’t care. I just care that with an 11-game season, we don’t want to have two open dates. Open dates are for the faint-hearted.
The South Panola team and fans traveled 15 weeks straight and didn’t miss a beat last season. We’ll do it again.
How can those powerhouse 5A teams, who have 60 to 70 to 100 players on them, let a 3A team who can barely dress out 22 players step up to the plate and say "bring it on"?
North Panola has only won five games in the last three years and yet they have practically begged for an opportunity to meet South Panola on the gridiron.
Honestly, my eyes widened with horror when Coach Ricky Woods confirmed the rumors I had heard.
When one of the players told me this news, I said "it ain’t happening."
I did not feel North Panola was ready for that challenge. Coach Ernest Young set me straight real fast. (I had to get him to confirm it for me, too).
Young is very encouraged about the Cougar team and the excitement is already building for this confrontation.
I know there are inner-city and inner-county match ups all over the country. I just want to mother both teams and protect any of them from hurt hearts because one team will emerge victorious with bragging rights.
It’s okay to go for bragging rights with Clarksdale. They are two counties away. But with North Panola, South Panola could well be facing family, friends and work buddies.
That is the crux of my dilemma. This matchup has been a long time coming. I guess it will probably be the start of a new tradition.
Even though the South Panola Tigers are champions, the North Panola Cougars would win the brave heart award this week.
See ya’ on the sidelines…
P.S. Since the Mississippi Private School Association (MPSA) is allowing its schools to play Miss. High School Activities School (MHSAA) teams, I guess North Delta will want to challenge South Panola next, huh?