Tide in a huge battle

Published 1:12 pm Friday, October 31, 2008

Regular season games don’t get much bigger than this.

With the Class 4A South State playoffs set to begin next week, third ranked Picayune and fourth ranked D’Iberville have a little left to settle tonight as the teams clash in what is arguably the biggest prep football game in the state of Mississippi this week.

Both the Maroon Tide and Warriors will host first round playoff games next week, but the teams will battle tonight for the second straight season for the league championship.

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Picayune, the two time defending region champ, knocked off then unbeaten D’Iberville 30-21 last year for the Maroon Tide’s second straight title. But the venues are reversed tonight as Picayune travels to D’Iberville for the first time since 1995 for this Halloween showdown.

“Coach Lee and his staff do an outstanding job at Picayune,” D’Iberville head coach Buddy Singleton said. “They are always well coached and they play very hard.”

Picayune is 8-1 and 5-0 in league play, while the Warriors are 9-0 and 5-0 for the second straight season entering this game. DHS is trying for it’s first perfect regular season since 1979.

McComb, Forest Hill and Mendenhall are all in a battle for the third and fourth spots in Region 6-4A, and Picayune and D’Iberville will take on one of those three teams next week to open the playofffs. If Forest Hill beats McComb tonight then FHHS is third and Mendenhall would be fourth.