It’s not quite playoff time for area prep football teams but the postseason has arrived for volleyball.
All that and cross country news in this edition of ‘What’s Going On Around Here’.
Football making the turn, coming down the stretchLocal high school football teams are setting themselves up for postseason play while some will simply hang up the cleats and helmets in a couple of weeks.
Two Alcorn County squads are still in position to defend their division titles along with one from Prentiss County. Others are simply looking to finish somewhere in spots 2-4 in their respective region standings in order to qualify for the state playoffs.
As it stands now, Corinth, Biggersville and Booneville each share or own the division lead outright with the Lions having the easiest route to the title. All three are defending league champions. The defending 4A state champion Warriors are tied with Ripley and New Albany in the loss column but actually trail the Tigers and Bulldogs in the win column as both are 2-0 in Division 1-4A while Corinth is 1-0.
The Tribe host the Bulldogs Friday in the Daily Corinthian Game of the Week.
Corinth’s remaining schedule following this Friday’s home date includes a road trip to Ripley before their regular season finale at home in two weeks versus North Pontotoc.
Biggersville handled the only team that appeared capable of disturbing their division title run when they defeated Baldwyn at home last Thursday. The Lions remaining schedule features teams with a combined 5-13 record, beginning with a road contest at 1-2 Coldwater Friday.
Booneville travels to face a 1-5 Kossuth squad Friday and will be heavily favored to win. But I suggest not forgetting about last years Division 1-3A contest at Tiger Stadium when the Aggies shocked the favored Blue Devils on a last-second touchdown and two-point conversion run to win 44-43. Following this weeks game Booneville will host Amory before concluding the regular season at Nettleton. The Panthers and Tigers enter this week at 6-1 and 5-0 respectively with both owning 2-0 records in Division 1-3A. They face each other at Amory Friday night.
Other area squads expecting to earn playoff berths are Kossuth and Walnut with Tishomingo County, Thrasher and Alcorn Central still not out of the postseason picture yet. In fact the Rebels are primed to make their first playoff appearance since 2017 if they can pick up one more win. They host winless Falkner this week before closing the regular season against Coldwater, Ashland and Biggersville. Thrasher is currently 2-2 in division play.
The Golden Bears likely need a victory at winless Belmont Friday to qualify for their first playoff berth in over a decade while the Braves probably need to beat North Pontotoc at home Friday to make their first postseason appearance since 2007.
The latest AP Mississippi Prep Polls came out Tuesday with Corinth and Biggersville the only area squads to make it in. Both have been among the best in their class since week one, although Booneville and Walnut have received votes. The Warriors dropped a spot to No. 3 in Class 4A behind Louisville and Newton County while the Lions are No. 3 in Class 1A behind defending state champion Nanih Waiya and Lumberton. Each squad received a first place vote.
Volleyball moves into postseason modeThe high school volleyball playoffs began Tuesday with four Daily Corinthian area teams in action.
Corinth visited Kosciusko, Alcorn Central played at Amory, Walnut made their second straight postseason appearance at Madison St. Joe’s while Biggersville traveled to Hamilton in what was the school’s first playoff appearance.
Should all win their opening round matches the Lady Warriors will play the winner of the Caledonia/Clarksdale match while the Lady Bears, who had their five-year reign as division champions ended by Belmont, would face the winner of Water Valley/North Panola. The Lady Wildcats would next face East Webster and the Lady Lions would take on the winner of Hickory Flat/West Union.
Keep an eye out in the Daily Corinthian sports pages, as well as the E-Edition and sports editor Kent Mohundro’s twitter page @kentmohundro for playoff results.
Cross Country ready for postseasonAs is normally the case, Corinth and Kossuth are among the favorites, both as a team as well as individual performances, to make the state tournament and bring home gold once again as state champions in 4A and 3A respectively. Alcorn Central and Tishomingo County will also be vying for honors as division meets begin next week.
Prior to that happening each school has one more regular season meet to run. Corinth and Tish County will participate in the Booneville meet this Saturday while Central and Kossuth will both be in the Myrtle Invitational.
Startup program Biggersville, under the direction of head coach Tai Grove have a couple of individual runners seeking to advance to state.