1. Redo of the Skuna River Rivalry.
It will be the 66th edition of the Skuna River Rivalry, between Bruce and Calhoun City. Probably the most underrated rivalry in Mississippi, the two ends of Calhoun County are friendly, except for that one week out of the year when the Trojans and Wildcats face off. This year, a second meeting has been awarded. with a 2A North State berth on the line.
No one expected Bruce (5-7) to be here, but three straight wins, including a must-win regular-season finale at Okolona, have made it happen. Calhoun City won the regular season game, 56-15 and is 12-0, the No. 1 Class 2A team in the state.
They met with state title berths on the line in 1995 and 1996, but even with the stakes a round lower this week, it won’t take any of the passion out of it. And don’t go off assuming the outcome. Weird, weird series.
2. All of 1-3A is out.
It was a rough night in 1-3A. North Pontotoc, Mooreville and Kossuth all lost, a combined 143-68 to Aberdeen, Louisville and Charleston.
3. 7 remain in 5 games,
Only seven Journal-area teams remain in the title hunt, none in 1A, none in 4A. Two teams face off: Bruce at Calhoun City and Oxford at West Point, both rematches. Others still in the mix: East Webster, Aberdeen and Starkville.
4. Here’s what makes no sense.
Hear me out. Oxford is the No. 1 Class 5A team in the state and has to travel to West Point, a team it beat (43-22 there) in the regular season. Oxford won the division. That makes zero sense and I don’t even have the patience to explain it to you if you don’t agree. No reason whatsoever Oxford should have to travel for this game. MHSAA, ball’s in your court, not that I expect you to do anything except dribble it off your foot,