Starkville High was at Clinton this past Friday (20th) and won 45-27 in a 2nd round playoff game that was much closer than the score indicates. As a result, SHS will be at home the day after Thanksgiving to play Madison Central in the 3rd round of the 6A playoffs for the North Half (Mississippi) Championship. SHS played MC on October 16th and defeated them by a score of 28-10. I don't foresee a different result this time. That said, MC deserves a hand for defeating previous #1 (and undefeated) South Panola in the first round. (who had not lost a game in almost 3 years). It may be a little tougher - given the stakes - But I sincerely believe that SHS will be playing for the Mississippi 6A title on December 3rd.
What I find interesting is that Madison Central is ranked higher (by Maxpreps.com) than either of the two teams (Meridian HS and Petal HS) playing for the 6A South Half title.