By: Amelia Landers, Editor
After a very successful football season (9-2) the Warriors were recognized as the 2009 6A South State Champions on November 28 when they defeated the Ocean Springs Greyhounds at Warrior field by a score of 27-6.
The Warriors’ first playoff game was against the Harrison Central Rebels. This game was played on November 14 at Harrison Central. The Warriors took control of this game early on with a touchdown run by Robert Johnson, leading up to a final score of 56-36.
Game two of the playoff series was a rematch with Meridian. The Wildcats traveled to Warrior stadium hoping to even the score after losing to Oak Grove earlier in the season. After another stellar performance, the Warriors sent the Wildcats home with an additional loss. The final score for this much anticipated game was 42-28.
The Warriors were able to play game three of the playoffs at home as well. Although the Greyhounds came in ready and confident, they were no match for the Warriors. As the buzzer sounded, fans began to celebrate that the Warriors would be going to Jackson on December 4 to play for the 6A championship. The Warriors were crowned South State Champions. This was the first year for the Warriors to make it to state in football since 2003 where they lost the 5A championship to South Panola. “We worked all winter, spring, and summer to get to that point. We have not won South State since 2003, so it was a big accomplishment.” Robert Johnson said.
Alas, the trip to state found the Warriors trailing from early in the game. As the snow fell, Oak Grove fans watched as their team struggled to stop South Panola’s run. The Tigers dominated the Warriors by stopping the pass and scoring on three interceptions. By the end of the third quarter, the field lines were hidden by accumulating snow. Warrior players struggled to keep their footing and hold on to the ball in these conditions. The final score was 56-14.
This was the final game for several seniors who have been strong leaders for the Warriors in recent seasons. Many of the players are excited for next year’s season while some are ready to take their football career to college.