| By Myra Bean
I hate to break this to everybody but the end to the regular football season is fast approaching.
People are even beginning to talk playoffs.
South Panola looks to be well on its way to being the District champs this season, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Two more of the toughest teams in I-5A are on the horizon in Starkville and Grenada, the last two games of the season.
Southaven, who South Panola plays tonight for homecoming, has been in some tough matches this year but have not been able to close out for the win.
North Delta’s in the private school association and in the MPSA districts the top two teams get the playoff bids.
North Delta lost to both Indianola Academy and Lee Academy in Clarksdale who will play each other tonight.
Indianola and Lee are vying for the top two spots and unless a miracle occurs, North Delta will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998. That hurts. But we will keep our eyes open for a miracle.
North Delta will end its regular season next Friday at home against Marshall. Tonight they will play at Bayou Academy.
North Panola’s playoff season is too iffy to call right now. The Cougars still have to play the two toughest teams in 3-3A, Senatobia and Water Valley, to even think about being in the playoffs. Those two teams are No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the standings in 3-3A.
If the Cougars pull off those wins, they are a shoe in for the playoffs. Holly Springs sits below the Cougars with a 1-2 district record with three district games left to play, Palmer, Independence and Byhalia.
If Holly Springs wins all three of those games, they will probably jump over North Panola. If they win two, there will probably be a toss up between the two teams to see who gets the No. 4 spot.
District 3-3A is so up in the air right now, we may need to table this discussion until after the games this week. There will still be two more games to play in the regular season, but there could be some shake up with the top three teams.
The Cougars have a bye week this week but have been working on some basic tackling fundamentals, according to head coach Demetrius Hill.
There was also a particular offensive action the Cougars will be working on in preparation for meeting Water Valley next week that they will try to perfect this week, Hill said. It has something to do with the option play.
Tonight, Hill will be in Water Valley to scout out the team and see what the Cougars will face next week.
That’s the update on the almost but not quite playoff situation. It’s fun to think ahead and see what scenarios could happen in football.
Just like in the NFL, the unexpected can happen in football for different reasons. That’s why people keep coming back for more each week.
In college, the BCS rankings were released Monday so I put the first week in today’s paper somewhere inside the C-section. None of the Mississippi teams are on there but the SEC has six teams on the list. USC as expected garnered the top spot again. We’ll see what will happen with that.
Keep those football contest entries coming. We have three more weeks in the contest to go so get yours in. I am not getting as many as I was. The most we received one week were 85 then it has dropped down into the 50s. Don’t give up even if you have won before.
The contest makes you get in there and watch some football so you can see how close you came.
Just about every week has been decided by the tiebreaker so you are doing great jobs of picking.
Well, high school basketball is on the horizon. We will do a special on Nov. 4 highlighting the high school teams from the three schools. We also will bring you the junior high teams.
See you on the sidelines.