The idea of two state championship teams is exciting

Published 7:00 am Friday, October 13, 2017

With three games remaining in the football regular season, it looks like Poplarville is on its way to another Region 7-4A championship, as long as its ground game doesn’t slow down, which seems unlikely at this point.

The trio of Austin Bolton, Raine Roosevelt and Tyson Holston have accounted for over two thousand yards and 26 touchdowns in seven games, which is something special as not every team has players that can produce those kind of numbers.

The Hornets are currently undefeated and ranked as the No. 7 team in the state of Mississippi and are a favorite pick to finish at the top of its region for the second season in a row. Two of their next three opponents are holding losing records.

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If Poplarville is able to win its region this year, that will give them its third region championship in four years and back-to-back titles since they won it four times straight from 1981-85.

Meanwhile in Region 4-5A, Picayune fell short of a victory against Poplarville in the season opener but have won every game since, prompting fans to take notice.

The Maroon Tide is currently ranked No. 5 in Class 4A and gained two votes in the overall state rankings this past week, after the team narrowly defeated Stone 42-35.

Just like Poplarville, the Maroon Tide is led by a strong rushing game, where Shaun Anderson has accounted for over 1,200 yards in just seven games. Should Picayune defeat Long Beach tonight, it will set up a No. 2 vs. No. 5 matchup against Hattiesburg the following week, which will most likely decide the winner of Region 4.

Should Picayune win another region title, it will be their fifth in seven years and their first back-to-back title win since 1983-84.

At the end of the day, I’m excited to see how far both teams will go in the playoffs, hopefully both teams will claim a state championship in their respective classification. Having one team win a state championship in a county is special, but having two is unique and I’m hopeful to see it happen in Pearl River County this season.