It may be Christmas week, but that doesn’t mean sports is shut out of the picture.
Join me as I take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here This Week’ with a brief look ahead at the week of New Years.
First we’ll begin with a look back at the season that was high school football 2020.
Local schools have highly productive gridiron seasonsAny conversation of Crossroads area football this fall had to include the Biggersville Lions.
Head coach Stan Platt’s squad was the feel-good story of an otherwise dismal 2020 sports season (Thanks COVID) as they ran roughshod through Region 1-1A, capturing their second straight division title along the way.
Led by 13 seniors, the Lions finished their most successful season in school history with a 13-1 overall record, the 1A North Half title and a last second loss to Lumberton in the Class 1A state championship game. In an interesting side note, the touchdown they surrendered to the Panthers with under a minute remaining in the contest was only the fifth score surrendered in the fourth quarter all year, and the first since Coldwater scored a late TD in a 62-6 loss to BHS.
Biggersville will be well represented on the 2020 Daily Corinthian All Area Football Team as will other area schools such as Corinth and Booneville.
Speaking of the Warriors, after capturing the school’s first football state championship with a 55-21 win over Poplarville in 2019, they followed that with their second consecutive Region 1-4A title before their promising season ended with a third round road playoff loss to Itawamba AHS.
The Blue Devils had their chance to win what would have been a third straight Region 1-3A title but Amory had other plans, claiming the division championship with a win over Booneville at Tiger Stadium in late October. The Devils, who finished 6-3, received a first round playoff bye due to COVID and fell to eventual 3A runner-up Noxubee County in the second round.
Walnut had another strong season under head coach John Meeks who has quietly built one of the most consistent winners in Northeast Mississippi. The next step is a division title for the Wildcats as they finished second to East Union again in Region 1-2A, finishing 8-3, and advanced to the second round of the MHSAA playoffs before dropping a last second two overtime 52-50 decision at East Webster where they never trailed until the last play of the game: a two-point conversion by the Wolverines.
Kossuth had a ‘down’ year for KHS standards (3-7) but still made a strong showing in their first round playoff loss at Winona, which went on to the North Half championship game where they succumbed to Noxubee County.
Tishomingo County (3-6), Alcorn Central (2-7), Thrasher (3-4) and McNairy Central (4-7) each missed the post season although the Braves and Rebels missed out by the slightest of margins. In fact Tish County made gigantic strides under first year head coach Richard Russo. The Braves had third and fourth quarter leads against three opponents which could have just as easily been three more wins had they not shot themselves in the foot at the worst possible times. That includes the North Pontotoc game, where they rallied from 34-21 down to lead 35-34 before the Vikings scored late to win and claim the No. 4 seed from Region 1-4A.
Thrasher simply had their playoff hopes stripped from them when they were forced to forfeit their final two regular season games due to the virus. They were ‘in’ the playoffs before that happened.
Overall, despite the pandemic threatening to end the 2020 season before it ever began, I’d say we were very fortunate to have the kind of season it turned out to be despite a few setbacks and disappointments along the way.
Alcorn County hoops matchup alertThe final high school game on the local docket before the Christmas break should be one to watch.
Make that two to watch.
Biggersville will host Corinth in a pair of varsity games Tuesday night and both games could be evenly matched. The girls contest pits two up-and-coming squads while the boys game should be an up-and-down-the-floor thriller as it has been the past few meetings.
It’s an absolute shame more fans can’t get in to games due to COVID, but that’s the situation we find ourselves in. I plan on being in attendance and will have reports and updates on Twitteras well as online after the game at dailycorinthian.com for paying subscribers.
The annual Peggy Bain Christmas Classic returns to Alcorn Central next Monday and Tuesday. See the local schedule for complete details.
Until next time, have a safe, happy and blessed Merry Christmas and thanks for being loyal readers of the Daily Corinthian.