Playoff hopes seem to be slipping further away for some county teams.
Last Friday resulted in big losses for Coldwater, Strayhorn and Independence, setting up the Cougars and Mustangs to be on the outside looking in for their respective playoff races. For Independence, the Wildcats suffered a 38-6 loss at North Panola, but can still slide into one of the final two playoff slots in Region 2-3A with a win against Byhalia.
A dismal downpour not only delayed the start of the contest, but the slick field conditions did little to help the Cougars all night, as Coffeeville pulled away to hand Coldwater another Region 2-1A loss. Coffeeville led 12-0 at halftime and received the ball to open the second half. The Cougars delivered a stop on fourth and goal to deny a Pirates’ touchdown, but Coldwater would stall at midfield on its next possession, giving Coffeeville the ball entering the fourth quarter.
Coffeeville hit the end zone on a short touchdown during the first play of the quarter and the Pirates followed with a successful two-point conversion, burying Coldwater into a 20-0 deficit.
Things went from bad to worse for the Cougars, as Coldwater went backwards and later fumbled, giving Coffeeville possession at the 22-yard line. Although the Cougar defense stopped the Pirates on fourth and goal, Coldwater would fumble the ball back two plays later, setting up the game-clinching touchdown with 4:13 left to go.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 1-3 in Region 2-1A and 1-6 on the season. The Cougars will travel to West Bolivar on Friday evening for a 7 P.M. kickoff, facing a winless Eagles’ team.
North Panola 38
A fourth quarter touchdown briefly gave Independence a chance with eight minutes to go and a 22-6 deficit, but North Panola dashed the Wildcats’ hopes with two more scores in a 38-6 decision.
Both teams remained scoreless after the opening quarter, but North Panola quickly broke the silence with a 16-point second quarter. The Cougars began with a 40-yard touchdown run from Limekin Walls with eight minutes left before halftime, and followed with a successful two-point conversion from Quardeqarious Walls.
After trading punts, Independence had the ball and looked for a chance to score before halftime, only for the Wildcats to fumble on their own 22-yard line with four minutes left. The turnover led to a 15-yard touchdown run from Walls, who also tacked on the two-point conversion, giving North Panola a 16-0 lead at the break.
With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, North Panola struck again on a 10-yard touchdown carry, stretching its lead to 22-0.
Keion Mays’ rushing touchdown helped bring the Wildcats onto the scoreboard, but an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt kept the Cougars ahead, 22-6. North Panola would then add a 50-yard touchdown pass on the following drive and a 10-yard rushing touchdown with under a minute left to go, sealing the 38-6 win.
With the loss, Independence dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in Region 2-3A. The Wildcats’ playoff hopes are still in play with one game left to go, as IHS will have a bye week ahead of an October 29 showdown at Byhalia to close out the regular season.
Former Class 3A powerhouse Charleston made the slide down to Class 2A this year, but the Tigers showed what they could do in a 38-0 victory at Strayhorn last Friday.
Strayhorn dropped to 2-4 overall with the loss and 0-3 in Region 3-2A. The Mustangs currently sit in last place and will need a lot of help to attain the fourth and final playoff slot from the region, beginning with a win in the regular season finale at North Side (Shelby, Miss.). The Gators (6-1, 1-1) are coming off last week’s 50-0 blowout against Greenville-O’Bannon.
Kickoff from Shelby is slated for 7 p.m.. this Friday.