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Oak Grove Warriors Eye Playoffs for First Time in Three Years

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Oak Grove resembles a familiar face in the playoffs in recent years, but after falling short of postseason play the last two seasons, the team looks to get over the hump this time around.

For the Warriors, returning to the playoffs starts with a game-to-game approach.

"The most important game is the next game, so we're going to take this game and treat it like it's the only game we every play," says Oak Grove senior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr.

Oak Grove sits comfortably at 1-0 on the young season, after defeating Wayne Co. 45-14 in the team's season opener. But a quick start, does not always mean playoffs.

"For the past two years we've been 5-0 at the beginning of every season, so we've got to take it to game six, game seven, game eight," says Nelson Jr.

And after the next two games...

"By game 10 I hope to be undefeated," says Nelson Jr. "That's the goal."

"We always hope to be in Jackson at the end of the year," says Oak Grove head football coach Nevil Barr. "Sometimes that works out - sometimes it doesn't."

The last time it worked was in 2009 against South Panola, but the Warriors lost the title game 56-14.

Despite being unable to seal the deal, the Coach Barr era remains a successful one.

"12 winning seasons and 12 years where we at least won seven or more," says Barr.

But being absent from the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, has Barr's players hungry for another taste of postseason play.

"Our kids are anxious to get back in the playoffs," says Barr.

"It would mean a lot to me - I just want to get back to the playoffs," says Oak Grove senior wide receiver Logan Scott. "I have a feeling if we go to the playoffs we'll go all the way to the end."

"I hope with the team that we have this year we can win and take it all the way," says Nelson Jr.

Plenty of capable schools stand in Oak Grove's path to Jackson, but the Warriors have Brett Favre.

"He didn't play 20 years in the league for nothing," says Nelson Jr. "He knows everything there is to know about football, so every high school player isn't lucky enough or blessed enough to have a coach like him."

Despite Favre's influence, his presence brings no guarantees.

"We've got to get to the playoffs first, and once we get to the playoffs we'll win every game there - we've just got to take it one step at a time," says Nelson Jr.

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