SP Football

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 21, 2007

Tigers and Bears to face off in non-conference action

By Myra Bean

South Panola will return home for only the second time this season after a 42-0 whipping over Clarksdale two weeks ago.

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Last week, the Tigers practically shut down the highly lauded offense of Grenada 41-13.

Tonight the Tigers will host the Bears of Trezevant of Memphis.

When realignment rolled around last year, South Panola was left in a quandary trying to fill an 11-game schedule.

Moss Point dropped to 4A and decided to play other teams. Carver and Germantown both decided to drop the Tigers from their schedules.

Added to his other duties when he first arrived in March, head coach Lance Pogue was left to find games to fill the third and fourth slots of the season.

Toward the end of June, Trezevant of Memphis decided to fill one of their open slots with the  Tigers.

Trezevant (2-1) is coming off an open date after back to back wins over Washington 32-27 August 31 and Frayser 29-14 on September 7.

The Bears’ lone loss was to Maplewood out of Nashville, 46-6 to open the season August 25.

The Bears are coached by Teli White.

South Panola in the meantime is still riding a 63-game win streak and an undefeated 3-0 on the season. The surprise win of the season was the second game over Clarksdale, a 42-0 shutout which was expected to be the Tigers’ toughest team of the season.

The No. 1 Clarion-Ledger ranked Tigers broke into the USA Today national Super 25 poll at No. 15 this week. The National Prep Poll has the Tigers listed as No. 5 in the nation.

Last year South Panola broke the state record and reset it for the longest win streak in the state. Picayune Carver had an unbeaten record 63-0-1 from 1958-64. Picayune set the record at 50 for consecutive wins but tied an opponent in the 51st game so the consecutive wins streak was broken. The unbeaten record remains to date. South Panola can break that record with the win tonight.

The Tigers are selling t-shirts to commemorate having the longest active win streak in the nation. Deadline to order is Monday, September 24. Orders are taken at the high school.

Tickets are $5 and the ticket booth opens at 6 p.m.