SHS set for matchup with Madi­son Cen­tral

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By ROB­BIE FAULK sports@starkvilledai­lynews.com

7 p.m., WLZA-FM 96.1

Four games are left on the sched­ule for both Madi­son Cen­tral and Starkville prior to tonight’s mas­sive show­down at Yel­low­jacket Sta­dium, but this game could be the most im­por­tant for ei­ther team all year.

Ac­cord­ing to both coaches, it’s the big­gest game be­cause it’s the next one on the sched­ule. A closer look at their iden­ti­cal 3-0 records in Class 6A, Re­gion 2 re­veals it’s im­por­tant be­cause the win­ner sits alone in first place with three games to go.

“Last week was a big week (vs. Greenville) and this week is even big­ger be­cause you’re try­ing to set your­self up for the play­offs,” SHS coach Chris Jones said. “Hope­fully we can come out and get a win to keep push­ing for that home field ad­van­tage.”

The Jack­ets are cur­rently the hottest team in the di­vi­sion car­ry­ing a five-game win­ning streak into this week’s mon­ster matchup against 6-1 Madi­son Cen­tral. Jones got his team to get past its ear­lier 28-3 loss to West Point and, so far, it hasn’t looked back.

SHS now sits at 7-1 and are outscor­ing its op­po­nents 45-8 on av­er­age dur­ing the win­ning streak. The de­fense has been steady for most of the sea­son, but the of­fense has come out of its shell.

Mis­sis­sippi State com­mit­ment Cameron Gard­ner has be­come a le­git­i­mate threat down field for big

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