By Blake Long
Special to the Journal
Tupelo High needs wins and assistance from fellow division rivals in order to make the Class 6A playoffs for a third consecutive year under coach David Bradberry.
“After the Southaven loss we knew we had to win three or four games and have some help,” Bradberry said. “We knew that a week or two ago.”
Following last week’s defeat at the hands of South Panola, the Wave need wins in their final three games to remain eligible for playoff contention.
That starts tonight against an improved DeSoto Central team at 7 in Southaven.
“It’s definitely the best team they’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Bradberry. “They’re a good football team with a young quarterback who can make plays.”
Austin Riley is that man and has completed 29 passes for 368 yards. Nathan Vanderburg leads the Jaguars (5-3, 1-3) with a team-high 742 yards rushing.
Tupelo’s quarterback situation, on the other hand, is muddy after sophomore Alex Norwood’s two-touchdown performance against South Panola.
Senior Thomas Harris has started each game this season for the Wave, but Norwood has been consistent when on the field.
Bradberry said both Harris and Norwood will play against DeSoto Central, but who will start is a game-time decision.
“We’re going to look at the same format this week and see who’s hot,” Bradberry said. “Hopefully both of them will be.”
Tupelo closes the season with a home date against Horn Lake next week before a trip to defending 6A champion Olive Branch on Nov. 2.
Golden Wave could use some help in division race
By Blake Long