This time, Louisville isn”t standing in the way.
The Aberdeen High School football team hopes that proves to be a good omen at 7 tonight when it plays at Booneville in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State title game.
The Bulldogs (12-2) have won 11 games in a row to get back to the Class 3A North Half State championship game. Louisville defeated Aberdeen 41-21 last season and went on to win its second state title in a row.
The state”s reclassification of teams pushed Louisville, which beat Aberdeen twice last season, up to Class 4A and left Aberdeen with new opponents to defeat to realize its goal.
In Booneville (13-0), Aberdeen gets a team coached by Jim Drewry, the state”s all-time winningest coach. Drewry, 78, has 346 career victories. His team lost to Aberdeen 14-12 in the first round of the Class 3A North Half State playoffs.
Booneville has three state titles, while Aberdeen and coach Chris Duncan will try to advance to their first football state title game.
The winner of tonight”s game will face the winner of tonight”s Morton-Tylertown game at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
Adam Minichino is the former Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.