Kevan Lindsey

Photo/John Larson

The perfect storm

Six weeks ago I wouldn’t have dreamed we would get the match-up of Petal vs. Oak Grove. One team was reeling 0-2 in the district while the other was not picked to be the district winner over teams like Brandon, Pearl, etc.

Well, here we are.

This Friday these two teams square off for a shot at the 6A State Championship inside of M.M. Roberts Stadium. Up north the “Little Egg Bowl” will take place between Oxford and Starkville. Another big-time rivalry. I’ll have an article out later this week discussing the stats, history, and all of that on Oak Grove and Petal, however, I hope both fan-bases realize just how amazing this is.

It truly is the perfect storm. A surging offense against a stuffing defense. Two top-tier head coaches hungry for a state title. Two senior classes that want to bring home a state title for their school. A tackling machine in Ja’Korian Newsome against a shifty transfer from Georgia named Damon Stewart. A rematch that should not be muddled up with weather delays.

Man, oh man. It is exciting.

A golden egg up for grabs

The tenth-longest uninterrupted rivalry in the United States has more than just the golden egg up for grabs this Thanksgiving. Mississippi State has to win to get into a bowl game. Head coach Joe Moorhead is likely playing for his job, while Ole Miss is trying to capture the rivalry win since they won it last time in 2017 when Matt Luke was the interim head coach.

While this season’s rivalry game isn’t as highly-touted as recent ones, it still has the potential to be a good one. Seeing if the young freshmen players for Ole Miss can step up in a rivalry game will be something to keep an eye on, while also keeping an eye out if the Bulldog players perform motivated under Moorhead despite not truly knowing if he will return next season.

All in all, when you’re sitting around the Thanksgiving table, there will be story-lines to talk about and argue over. Sit back, eat a deviled egg, and watch these two teams fight for the golden egg in Starkville.

Thankfulness

Being just days away from Thanksgiving I thought I would take the time to say thank you.

Thanks to all of the coaches, players, and fans who have made my first season covering sports for Hattiesburg Impact/Sports601 a blast. It has been a fun ride since August and I am pretty blessed.

I’d be lying to you if I said I knew the area like the back of my hand, nor have I met all the coaches. However, I am thankful for the ones I have met, for the ones who have reached out to me, and the ones who have complimented my work.

Everyone at Buckley Newspapers has been amazing to work alongside and my personal opinion is we have one of - if not the best - group of people who are talented in many ways.

I’m excited for the now, and the future of what we have in store here. It is you, the readers, who make this possible, though.

Thank you.

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