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Pascagoula Panthers are one win away from the 5A State Championship

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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Coach Lewis Sims and his 11 and 2 Pascagoula Panthers are one win away from claiming the 5A State Championship.

Pascagoula battles Starkville Saturday night at seven in Jackson's Mississippi Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers last won a state football title in 1987 when quarterback Shane Matthews guided his fathers team to a perfect 14 and 0 season. Picayune beat Starkville in the 2011 title game

In only his second year at Pascagoula... Sims has the Panthers 48 minutes away from racking up the state title. Pascagoula has been very good defensively and has picked up its offensive firepower the last few weeks.

They knocked off both Picayune and Pearl River Central in the state playoffs, the two teams that beat the Panthers during the regular season.

Pascagoula has the physical talents and the right mental attitude to bring home the 5A State Championship trophy.

Lewis Sims said, "We keep talking to our guys every week, next week, next week, well next week is here. This is the week and I'm just excited for the opportunity for all of these young men, these coaches on this staff to be able to go represent South State in Jackson."

Panthers offensive lineman Carl Rainey said, "Starkville they went to state last year and they loss to Picayune and they really want it bad but we want it too. We've got to work and it's going to be who wants it more."

Pascagoula defensive coordinator Chad Coleman has developed a top notch unit. The Panthers give up an average of just over 13 points per game. In three playoffs wins... the Pascagoula defense gave up only 26 points.

It takes a total team effort and "as" the old saying goes, offense sells tickets, defense wins championships. The Panthers have the caliber of defense to get the job done against the Starkville Yellow Jackets Saturday night in Jackson.

Pascagoula defensive coordinator Chad Coleman stated, "This past week the guys had a focus that I haven't seen all year and their mental preparation and attitude helped us last week."

Tomorrow we'll profile Panthers senior running back Kevin Scott.  He dedicated the season in honor of his dad, Kevin Scott, Sr. who passed away when Kevin was 14-years-old.

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