Friday’s North Half championship is one of the biggest Tupelo games in 20 years. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about both teams:
- Tupelo (12-1) has lost 12-straight meetings with the Tigers (13-1), including a 14-8 loss in Batesville on October 13th.
- Tupelo’s last win versus South Panola was in Batesville under Coach Phil Ferguson in 2001.
- Since their playing history began in 1988, Tupelo is 7-20 overall against South Panola.
- South Panola has outscored THS 783-392 over those 26 years.
- South Panola finished 2001 with a losing season. Since then, they’ve won eight state titles (10 total) while THS has won eight Clarion-Ledger All-Sports titles (18 total).
- THS has had five coaches (Ferguson, Eric Collins, Lamar Aldridge [interim for three games in 2009], David Bradberry, Trent Hammond) since 2001. South Panola has had three (Ed Stanley, Ricky Woods, Lance Pogue) since ’01.
- South Panola has won 26-straight games against Mississippi opponents. THS has won five-straight since October 13th. The Tiger’s last loss to a Mississippi team was Madison Central in the 6A quarterfinals on November 18th, 2011. Jags won 28-14.
- Tupelo has only scored more than 17 points on South Panola once since 1999.
- No school in any classification has won more state titles than South Panola since 1981.
- The last time THS-SP met in the playoffs was the 5A quarterfinals in 2007. SP won 28-21.
- South Panola won their first state title in 1993 after defeating Tupelo 34-6 in the 5A North Half championship.
- Tupelo hasn’t won a North Half championship since beating Clarksdale in 1992. Friday’s NHC is the first for THS since 1995 (Starkville won 21-13). THS was 2-5 in THCs between 1984-1995.
- South Panola is 13-2 in 5A/6A North Half championships since 1993.
Be sure to watch the game LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com Friday at 6:40 p.m.