JPS Schools Face Uphill Battle To Make Playoffs

Making the playoffs is something that has not been an easy task for the Jackson Public School system. In fact, Callaway was the only team to see a second season a year ago. Despite its local history, each team still has the opportunity to change their respective fates with a strong finish to 2015 season.

With four weeks remaining in the season, Forest Hill might have the best chance to get over the hump. The Patriots are6-3 overall and 2-2 in Region 3 6A after a 35 -31 victory over Pearl. Wins over Terry, Petal and Meridian won’t be an easy task but should they overcome the challenge, a fourth seed berth would be likely at the least. The Patriots surfaced to the top of the JPS map with triumphs over Wingfield, Jim Hill, Callaway and Murrah.

Speaking of Murrah, a similar was in the cards but a 35-6 loss to Warren Central now has the Mustangs at 3-5 overalland 1-3 in Region 2-6A.If postseason is possible the Boys off Woodrow Wilson will have to go squeaky clean through Starkville, Callaway and Northwest Rankin.

Provine, who is no stranger to the playoffs, may be in the toughest position to return to glory. As if going through a gauntlet that included Murrah, Forest Hill and West Jones was not enough, the Rams have to put their hopes and efforts on beating powerhouse Wayne County, defending 5A champion Laurel and South Jones in order to see an additional week of football. The Rams are 5-4 overall and 2-2 in Region 3 5A after a 1-3 win over West Jones.

The Chargers lost to New Hope in the first round of the 2014 playoffs and got off to good start during the first five weeks of 2015. But losses to Starkville, Clinton and Northwest Rankin have put Callaway in a difficult to position to return for a right to vow for a state championship. Madison Central, Murrah and Warren Central stand in the way of those chances in which victories would be needed in all three in order to remain in the discussion. Callaway stood at 5-4 overall and 1-3 in region following a win over visiting Greenville.

As for the remaining JPS schools, Lanier, Wingfield and Jim Hill were mathematically alive going into week nine but the Bulldogs at 3-6 were the only team to produce wins at that point. However, neither was on the winning blocks in their regions. The Bulldogs only with the Falcons and Tigers would have to win out to even scratch the surface of postseason talks.

The 2015 playoffs will begin the second Friday in November for those who earn postseason berths.

By Sedrick Durr
Jackson Advocate Sports Writer