Three Cheers: Pull for These Guys

I have not looked up the numbers, but I know that Webster and Marshall counties are on opposite fringes of the Daily Journal’s circulation area. We’re not widely read in those parts.

Nevertheless, East Webster and Marshall Academy’s football teams will have our full attention this week. The Wolverines are playing in their second straight Class 1A North final, while Marshall is playing Centreville Academy for the MPSA Class AA state championship.

Northeast Mississippi teams took a beating Friday, far worse than I expected. Seven in all went down, with only the two aforementioned squads and Corinth surviving. We sell a fair number of papers in Corinth, by the way.

I hope everyone around here will pull hard for the teams left, even if you’re not that familiar with them. A quick primer for the less informed among you.

• Corinth began the season 1-4 but has reeled off eight straight wins, including a 22-19 victory over Aberdeen in the Class 3A North semis. A new-look defense and a surprisingly strong offense give the Warriors a good chance at upsetting Louisville this Friday. Damien Hughes has been a monster at tailback since filling in for an injured Hubert Crawford, and Zerrick Payne has done well in his first year as a quarterback.

• East Webster has been making plans for a return trip to Jackson since losing to Puckett in last year’s state final. The 12-0 Wolverines have been unstoppable behind junior quarterback Jonathan Banks, who’s as exciting a player as you’ll find in the state. He can throw, run, return kicks and play a little defense. Up next is a trip to Ray Brooks.

• Marshall Academy is led by senior QB Brent Adams, little brother of Seth, the Ole Miss signal-caller. Coach Keith Wicker is in his first year and can lead the Patriots to their first state title. They play Friday at Mississippi College.

We’re going to overload on the playoff coverage this week. Stay tuned.

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