Magee/Mendenhall Adjusting to New Early Season Rivalry

The Magee Trojans and Mendenhall Tigers will be competing against each other for the 90th time on the gridiron as part of the Annual Simpson County Super Bowl. However the 2015 version will take place under unusual circumstances.

While it’s always been the county’s tradition to look forward to conjuring up bragging rights for a late October or early November event, residents and fans will now have to adjust their anticipation for the football rivalry to an earlier September 25th showdown.

As part of the Mississippi High Schools Activities Association’s (MSHAA) regulations to play team within their region in October, the Trojans and Tigers would still be locked in to competing on the last day of the regular season. But after the 2014 season was complete, both schools became a part of the realignment of divisions. In addition, the Trojans moved from Class 4A to Class 3A due to a drop in enrollment. As a result, the two schools were subjected to ending a tradition that is nearly a century in the making.

Magee who is off to a 1-3 start will be looking to get back on a winning track after a two-game losing streak. Mendenhall who was 3-1 prior to their showdown with Purvis believes they have the ingredients to end a two year losing streak to the Trojans.

Meanwhile it is the fans who are finding ways to overcome such a drastic change in the schedule.

“We have always looked forward to going through an entire schedule to measure ourselves before facing Mendenhall said Edison Lee, who is a current fan and former Magee player. “Although we expect it to still be an intense rivalry, the feeling will not be the same overall.” Lee who also won a state championship in 1997 went on to reminisce over a challenge that the Tigers presented to them during that season before moving on to the playoffs andeventually beating Senatobia for the 3A crown. “Mendenhall was a major part of our mission to have a successful season and part of that reason was because they were not just any team in the middle of the schedule, he continued.

Due to the change, Magee will now face McLaurin on October 30 which would normally be reserved for Mendenhall, who just nine miles away.

The Tigers will travel to Quitman on that same day.

Each schools opponent falls under MHSAA’s guidelines to play a division opponent at the end of the season.

McLaurin and Magee are both representatives of Region 6-3A while Mendenhall and Quitman compete in Region 5-4A.

Game time for the Simpson County Super Bowl is set for 7 pm. Magee leads the series 47-40-2.