Eight area teams entered Friday night’s MHSAA state quarterfinals games. Three are left standing for this week’s North State games.
Two of those teams are in Class 5A. West Point (11-2) will go to Starkville (10-3) for the second straight playoff season. Starkville ended the Green Wave’s season there a year ago, 20-14. West Point beat the Yellow Jackets in the regular season but Starkville went on to win the North title and finish 5A runner-up.
“Doesn’t need to be a lot said when the two of us get together,” Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said. “It’s going to be a war. It’s the way it ought to be. We’re the best two teams in the North, no doubt about that.”
The Jackets got a combined 27 carries and 221 yards from Preston Baker and Jaquez Horsley Friday in a 28-7 win over Oxford. Baker also had a 90-yard kick return for a score.
West Point’s only loss two seasons ago came against Starkville, but the Green Wave won the 5A championship.
The North champion will face the Pascagoula, Pearl River Central winner on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Jackson.
Class 2A Bruce (11-3) is exactly where many predicted them to be after beating its toughest test yet Friday.
The Trojans beat West Bolivar 14-12 and go to once-beaten Eupora Friday.
The North champion will face the Bassfield-East Marion winner on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m in Jackson.
Zay Armstrong had 112 rushing yards and a game-sealing pick against the defending champion Eagles Friday.
Two out-of-area teams still in the hunt have head coaches with ties to North Mississippi. Madison Central and former Amory coach Bobby Hall face South Panola in Class 6A. Pearl River Central is coached by former Tupelo coach Eric Collins.