The Neshoba Pee Wees defeated a very physical Wayne County team last Saturday night at Jones Junior College in Ellisville.
The win puts Neshoba in this Saturday's Mississippi Youth Football championship game in the Pee Wee division against Poplarville. In addition to Wayne County, Neshoba's playoff run includes wins over Oak Grove, Quitman, and Petal.
Neshoba ended their first scoring drive of the cold night with a 20 yard slant pass from Asher Morgan to Lideatrick Griffin. The conversion failed. The Rockets next score came on a 20 yard touchdown run by Griffin. Kardarius Calloway added the conversion to make the score 14-0.
Wayne County returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield and scored with seconds left in the first half. The conversion attempt failed.
That concluded the scoring for the game at 14-6 as both teams went scoreless in the second half.
Coach Greg Fulton expressed pride in his team and their unselfish play but reminded them that the job is not done.
"We've got one more." he said.
Saturday night's championship game will be held at The Rock at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The game will be the final game of MYF Championship Saturday and represents the culmination of the MYF season. This season marks Neshoba's fourth season as a member of MYF and the second time that one of its teams has played for a championship.
The Meridian Rookies White Team will also be playing in Hattiesburg Saturday, as it took down North Forrest, 40-8, over the weekend.
The Meridian Rookies will play Oak Grove at 3 p.m. for the state championship.
“They are very excited,” Meridian head coach Bill Malone said. “As a matter of fact, the kids can’t even practice they are so ecited about going down there and playing.”