| By Myra Bean
As the South Panola Tigers prepare to play in their fifth straight state championship, much of the Panola County population is expected to go with them.
For those who cannot make the trip, Batesville radio station WBLE will have the game live on 100.5 FM.
Voice of the Tigers Bob Norris said he was trying to get better earlier this week to make the trip to Jackson and be on the radio tonight.
He reported he is doing well. Norris underwent surgery about three weeks ago and has missed all the playoff games.
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In today’s edition of The Panolian is a special preview section including a pullout which reads "Tigers Rule" on one side with rosters of both teams on the other side.
These pullouts can be taken to the stadium and held up so the Meridian crowd can see the support that comes from the Tiger fans.
For those at home, keep up with the players with their numbers as the radio gives play-by-play.
The South Panola Tigers will meet the Meridian Wildcats in a rematch of last year’s 5A state championship tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
The Tigers (14-0) are led on the field by senior quarterback Leroy Diggs who has 901 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
He has 824 passing yards with a 52 percent completion rate. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes.
Senior tailback Jeramie Griffin leads in rushing with 1,245 yards this year and 18 touchdowns. He also has 133 reception yards.
Senior Roderick Jefferson is the leading receiver with 694 yards and 11 touchdowns.
On defense the Tigers are led by seniors Chris Strong, 65 tackles, five sacks; Kevin Young, 65 tackles, seven and a half sacks, two interceptions; Marlon Wilks, 63 tackles, five sacks; and Marvin Burdette, 57 tackles, five and a half sacks.
Juniors Bud Barksdale and Tigg Barksdale lead the team in interceptions with four each.
South Panola is the home team tonight and will present the colors, say the invocation and render the National Anthem.
Tickets at the gate are $12.