Rowdy's Roundup: Postseason edition No. 1
Hello Mississippi, welcome to this special edition of Rowdy’s Roundup. It’s called: The Third Season.
Non-region games are out of the way and region games are a thing of the past. Now, its a clean slate. Everyone enters this realm 0-0.
This past Friday began the big dance for 2A, 3A and 4A. If y’all saw the SES staff picks earlier in the week, y’all will notice that there were a lot of games played. Let’s take a look at a few of the most significant games in each class that participated Friday.
Lake - 27
East Union - 0
There was a good bit of talk about this game among the SES crew. Three of five chose East Webster. Safe pick right? They were riding a four game winning streak coming into this one and Lake was a little cold coming into this one.
Turns out Lake smothered the Urchins quarter by quarter. Talk about a momentum booster. They await Eupora, a team that lit up Coahoma County in the opening round. This should be fun.
East Webster - 35
O’Bannon - 6
JMake and Mack both saw this one coming, the rest didn’t. Wow, impressive win by the Wolverines. The win got them at .500 on the year at 6-6. East Webster got off to a hot start and didn’t look back.
The Wolverines await Philadelphia next week. This one could go either way. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds.
Madison St. Joe - 57
Bogue Chitto - 38
Anyone like shootouts? *people raising their hands*
Well, here is one for y’all.
This was a unanimous staff pick in which we chose the team that won this offensive affair. Both teams were hovering around .500 coming into this one. At the end of the night, both teams wound up .500, but only one gets to move on.
Madison St. Joe will face Collins in the second round. Yes, the high flying ones that have been in a few big playoff games the past couple of years. Get ready.
M.S. Palmer - 24
Ruleville Central - 14
This was the only game in 3A North that was not a unanimous pick by the gang. Two delta area schools that are almost a mirror image of each other. Once again, Mack proved to know what he was talking about again and John Luke saw this happening too.
The Dragons get to play the Houston Hilltoppers in the next round. Let’s see how Jalen May does against this bunch.
Raleigh - 25
Jefferson County - 9
Alright, Mack is obviously a time traveler and we all want his technology. He was the only one that thought Raleigh would pull this off. Good job, Lions!
Now they have a huge test against Seminary, you know, the ones that have Nathan Pickering? Here we go.
Jefferson Davis County - 61
Forest - 22
Allow us to call a play from JMake’s Fire Take playbook shall we?
Forest was a team peaking at the right time… but JDC has Lance Mancuso.
Forest has an E10 member in Diwun Black… but JDC has Lance Mancuso.
Forest has a good group of seniors that are hungry for another state title… but JDC has Lance Mancuso.
Alright, y’all are probably catching on. All of us were on the same page about this pick, we all pretty much thought the same things above. Now JDC has Velma Jackson next week to deal with. Grab the popcorn.
Clarksdale - 21
Itawamba AHS - 16
This pick led some of us to sweat. This was going to be fun. It was indeed fun.
Jared and Walker both picked this one correctly. What is it with Clarksdale and them competing valiantly at home? Crumpton Field must be the high school version of Death Valley. The Wildcats have to play against some other Wildcats next week. These are the Louisville ones, yeah, the 4A title favorite in the eyes of many.
Noxubee County - 28
New Albany - 3
First off, Cody Stubblefield has done a pretty good job in his first season at the helm of New Albany. Unfortunately, they ran into a team that has represented 4A North in the title game four times since 2012. That may have been an influencer in picking this one.
We all picked Noxubee. Now, they’ll face off against Greenwood next week. This is a team that looked very impressive against Amory. Interesting matchup ahead.
Rosa Fort - 52
Shannon - 48
*wipes sweat off face* Yeah, so that happened.
A three OT game resulted in the Lions moving on. Now, they get to face Corinth. The Warriors made a statement in their 47-0 opening round win against Kosciusko. Can they score points of plenty in this one?
**Photo Courtesy of John Macon Gillespie