Meridian Star


October 30, 2013

Roundup: NCA faces new foe in playoffs




Philly can clinch district with win

    Philadelphia High School has locked up a district championship in five of the past six seasons. This year, the Tornadoes (9-1, 4-0) will face an steep challenge as they host Choctaw County (8-2, 3-1) Friday night at 7 p.m. with District 5-3A on the line.

    “We really want to win and be a No. 1 seed going into the playoffs,” Philly head coach Teddy Dyess said. “It’s big to get that first-round playoff game at home.”

    Dyess said the key to stopping the Chargers begins with containing quarterback JaMarcus Bradley. The play-making junior has passed for 628 yards and six touchdowns while adding 1,266 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground.

    “They spread out all over the field, and he does a good job back there running around,” Dyess said. “He just makes plays. He can throw it, but it seems like he makes more plays with his legs.”

    Because of Bradley’s dual-threat ability, Dyess said it will be key for his defenders to stick to their assignment and know their role.

    No matter the outcome, the Tornadoes are assured either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the playoffs, meaning they will host a game in the first round. Dyess said Friday night should give his players an early taste of playoff atmosphere as he expects a large crowd on both sides.

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