USM set to host MHSAA football championships this weekend


Championships games in the six MHSAA classifications will be played Friday and Saturday at the University of Southern Mis­sissippi's M. Roberts Stadium, and the best matchup could be in the smallest class.

Games were moved from Mis­sissippi Memorial Stadium be­cause Jackson State will be hosting Prairie View in the SWAC championship game Saturday.

3A – 11 a.m. Friday – Jefferson Davis County (8-5) vs. Amory (10-3)

Jefferson Davis has rebounded from losses in the first four games of the season and reached the championship game with a 26-20 victory over Raleigh in the South State final. Amory upset North Panola 29-16 in the North State final.

1A – 3 p.m. Friday – Simmons (14-0) vs. Bay Springs (13-1).

Both teams have been domi­nant in the playoffs. Simmons last year's runnerup, defeated Okolona 66-0, Biggersville 66-30 and Tupelo Christian 48-0. Bay Springs defeated Ethel 48-0, de­fending champion Lumberton 44-0 and West Lowndes 44-6. Bay Springs only loss came against Scott Central, which is in the 2A championship game.

6A – 7 p.m. Friday – Madison Central (12-1) vs. Brandon 11-2.

Brandon edged defending champion Oak Grove 21-20 in the South State final when the Warriors failed on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute. Madison Central de­feated Starkville 34-13 in the North State final.

4A – 11 a.m. Saturday – Colum­bia (12-1) vs. Senatobia (12-1)

Columbia edged Poplarville 12-7 in South State final. Senatobia outscored Caledonia 34-27 in North State final.

2A – 3 p.m. Saturday – Scott Central (14-0) vs. Leflore County (10-3)

Scott Central has averaged 57 points in four playoffs games, in­cluding a 60-14 victory over Pela­hatcie in the South State final. Leflore County edged Charleston 24-22 in North State final.

5A – 7 p.m. Saturday – West Point (12-0) vs Picayune (13-1)

West Point defeated Neshoba Central 20-14 in North State final and is seeking its 11th state championship, which would tie South Panola for the most. Picayune edged Laurel 32-28 in South State final.

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