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Oak Grove, Bassfield One Win Away from State Title

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After a two year absence from the playoffs, Oak Grove heads back to Jackson for the first time since 2009.

The Warriors paved their way to the title game with playoff victories over Hattiesburg, Petal and Meridian.

Offense was key in those wins - Oak Grove put up at least 38 points in each of them.

Now the Warriors get ready to square off with a Tupelo squad that plays strong defense.

The Golden Wave is coming off a 12-3 victory over South Panola, the same team that knocked off Oak Grove back in '09.

This time around the Warriors look to seal the deal.

"This is what we've been talking about since last January - about trying to get to Jackson and trying to win this thing - so this is the finished product that they're trying to achieve," says Oak Grove head football coach Nevil Barr. "I'm proud of them for getting here."

"We weren't satisfied with South State because we want the state championship," says Oak Grove senior wide receiver Jordan Mitchell. "It really has come together."

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Bassfield is also going for a state championship on Friday - the Yellowjackets take on Calhoun City in the 2A title game.

At 14-1, Bassfield looks to repeat as state champs - the only difference being the Yellowjackets actually lost a game this year.

Since falling at Jackson Prep by a touchdown back in September, Bassfield has ripped off nine consecutive wins.

Over that stretch the reigning champs have outscored opponents by almost 400 points, giving the Jackets a lot of momentum heading into Friday's contest.

"Obviously I think our offense has played exceptionally well the past few weeks," says Bassfield head football coach Lance Mancuso. "I just hope that we can continue with that momentum into the game Friday and have a good showing."

"My whole team is going to play its all - we're going to give it our all, because it's the seniors' last game and they look up to us, and we're going to lay the mark on the line," says Bassfield senior wide receiver/cornerback Curtis Mikell.

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