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Sumter Academy eyes playoffs

By By Josh Taylor/The Meridian Star
Oct. 10, 2001
Sumter Academy stands at 5-2 overall with a 34-16 win last week against South Choctaw Academy.
The good news for the Eagles is their 2-0 record in AISA west 2-2A district play. "We've made a lot of improvements over the season and our defense has really been getting after it," said head coach Glen Sanders. "We've been in this situation before."
Last Friday night clinched a playoff berth for the Eagles as they look forward to a Friday night home game versus 6-1 Marengo.
The Eagles are preparing for Marengo with confidence.
Holt at Choctaw County
Coming off a close 25-22 win last week against Greensboro, the Choctaw County Tigers are geared up for a Region 4-4A battle when Holt comes to Butler on Friday night for homecoming.
The Tigers stand even at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in their region. Both Choctaw County and Holt must win out the rest of their regional games in order to make the playoffs.
Ruffin has been surprised by some of this year's emerging leaders.
Pickens at Patrician
The Patrician Academy Saints have been knocked out of the playoff race after a 27-0 loss last week to Southern Academy, but they are still gearing up for Friday night's oncoming brawl with Pickens.
The Saints didn't get outplayed Friday, they beat themselves with mistakes.
The Saints stand at 4-3 overall and 1-2 in west area two.
The Saints are not discouraged with their play.
The Saints consider it a rebuilding year as they look ahead to next season.
South Choctaw Academy at Central Christian
After a tough 34-16 loss last week from Sumter Academy the South Choctaw Academy Rebels look ahead to a Friday night road trip to Central Christian.
Rebel's head coach Windham Pittman feels confident that his boys have what it takes to continue to play good ball despite their overall 2-5 mark.
Livingston at Greensboro
Livingston hangs tough despite a 6-0 loss to Holt last week. Under the guidance of Cougar's head coach David Parham Livingston continues to improve on last year's 0-9 record.
Greensboro got beat 25-22 last week by Choctaw County. Both teams will surely be looking for redemption.
Southern Choctaw at Keith
After shutting down Excel 21-0 last week, Southern Choctaw, led by head coach Larry Boykin, looks to continue to play off its strong defense with a Friday night road trip to Keith.
The fast Indians defense has been a pleasant surprise for coach Boykin, and a nightmare for opposing offenses.
Sumter County at Addison
Losing last week 43-26 to Dallas County the Sumter County Wildcats plan to lock heads with a Friday night road trip to Addison coming up.

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