Meridian Star

October 31, 2013

Lauderdale County football previews: Tigers fighting for final playoff spot

Tony Tsoukalas & Sarah Moomaw / The Meridian Star
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SCOOBA — Tigers fighting for final playoff spot

    The Southeast Lauderdale had to face the toughest teams in its conference in three consecutive weeks which resulted in back-to-back-to-back shutouts.

    In Week 11, not all is lost. The Tigers are closing out season on the road when the travel to Raleigh, who has had an equally roughly season. Both sides will be playing for everything, as each comes into the game at 1-3 in conference play. The winning team will advance to the postseason.

    “If we can't get motivated for this, we can't motivated for nothing because if we win we're in the playoffs, if we lose we're out,” head coach Charles Black said. “They seem really excited about the opportunity.”

    The last of the shutouts came at the hands of Philadelphia last week. Black said he liked what he say despite the Tornado defense keeping them out of the end zone.

    “We played pretty good in the first quarter,” he said. “After that we got wore down and made a lot of mistakes.”

    Against Raleigh, Black said they are leaving it all on the field because of the do-or-die situation. He expects a high passing game by Lions, but thinks the two sides should match up well on Friday night.

    “As far as I'm concerned, everything is there,” Black said. “We're going to leave it all on the field, whether it's reverses or on-side kicks, whatever we got.”

Raiders can lock up district with win

    Before the season, the Lamar School Raiders were projected to win the Mississippi Association of Independent School's AAA Division II championship. Tonight, the Raiders can take one step closer to achieving that goal when the host Parklane Academy at 7 p.m.

    With a win over the Pioneers, Lamar can clinch a No. 1 seed in the South and secure a home playoff game in the first round of the playoffs in two weeks. The win is especially key for the Raiders as it would also guarantee their fate before a regular season finale against division foe Oak Forest Academy next week

    “Right now, everybody will tell you the best team in the North is Magnolia Heights,” Lamar head coach Mac Barnes said. “Nobody want to travel there for the  first playoff game. You'd much rather have the second team in the North come to your place.”

    After giving up two big plays on special teams to Russell Christian Academy last week, Barnes said he will use some of his first-string defense to help sure up the unit.

    On top of the high playoff implications, tonight will also serve as senior night for the Raiders.

    “The bottom line is we are 8-2 with a chance for a really great season,” Barnes said. “These are the kind of games you have to win.”

— Tony Tsoukalas and Sarah Moomaw