Defending state champions, the Scott Central Rebels, are one of the top teams in 2A football.
Bay Springs chose not to believe the many experts who picked the Bulldogs to lose, scrapping until the end to continue their playoff hopes but falling short in overtime 12-6.
Those who picked the Bulldogs to lose had a good reason.
That is what makes head coach Dan Brady so proud of his team.
"Anytime you go into a ball and you're down three starters, it's hard to replace them. We asked these kids to leave their guts on the field, and they did that. It didn't go our way, but we preach to them that one game never defines what they have accomplished here," said Brady.
Both teams are used to scoring points, but tonight there was only one word to describe this game: defense.
After a blocked punt and a long run by the Rebels, they produced their only score in regulation from one-yard out. The Rebels led the Bulldogs 6-0 early in the second quarter.
The Bay Springs offense could not penetrate the Scott Central defense.
The Bulldogs needed a big play, and the defense answered the call with a sack on the Rebel one-yard line with less than two minutes in the half.
The next play, freshman Anthony Newell jumped on a fumble in the endzone for Bay Springs' only score.
Both defenses dominated the second half and simply would not flinch.
The game went into overtime, and the Rebels punched in score on a 10-yard run.
The Bulldogs offense struggled the entire game, and overtime would be no different.
They had a chance to tie or win from six yards out as senior quarterback Adrian Cole sprinted left for an opening to pay dirt. Scott Central met him within inches of the goal line. Cole did make contact with the pylon, but the referees saw it differently, and just like that, a great season for the Bulldogs ended one-yard short.
Brady told his team and his seniors in their final huddle that he has never been more proud of a team he has ever coached in his career.
"We won 40 games in four years. We have established something over the last six years: winning. These kids know how to win. This is the first group that I've coached from seventh grade to seniors. It's been awesome to watch them grow up. They're leaving Bay Springs in better shape than what they found it."