There is a sense of optimism about the upcoming Indianola Academy Lady Colonels basketball season, and with good reason. With four returning starters from the previous year which ended with a 10-28 record, IA Head Coach Allen Hill notes he is “excited about this group.”
It is now playoff time for the North Sunflower Academy Rebels. Having earned a berth in the 2017 State Eight Man Playoffs, the 4-4 Rebels will begin their postseason play at 7 p.m. this Friday by traveling to Coushatta, La. to take on the 8-1 Riverdale Academy Rebels.
On the strength of a 43-26 come-from-behind home-field victory last Friday night over Humphreys County High, the 4-6 Ruleville Central High Tigers will enter the State 3A Playoffs as the Region 3, No. 3 seed. Their reward will be to travel roughly 200 miles to Kossuth High School in Northeast Mississippi for a 7 p.m. game.
So much has been accomplished, but the job is not yet complete. With the 2017 AAA State Playoffs having arrived, the path to playing for a state championship is now set for the 10-0 Indianola Academy Colonels.
Although every game they play now has huge playoff ramifications, for the North Sunflower Academy Rebels this week’s road trip to Belzoni is perhaps the most challenging contest of the season. At 7 p.m. this Friday, the 4-2, 2-2 NSA Rebels will take on the undefeated 9-0, 5-0 Humphreys Academy Rebels in a District 1E matchup.
There finally appears to be some relief coming for the Ruleville Central High Tigers football team. After playing back-to-back ranked teams the past two weeks, the Tigers will not only help their school celebrate Homecoming this Friday night, but will take the field against a winless opponent.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Indianola Academy Colonels are the District 1AAA football champions. As an added bonus, following last Friday’s 49-28 road decision over Bayou Academy of Cleveland, the 9-0, 3-0 Colonels also secured home field advantage when they begin their play in the State AAA playoffs set to begin Oct. 27.