Friday Night Football Showdown has 7 local teams in playoff action

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ocean Springs Greyhounds entertain defending Class 6A State Champion Oak Grove in the South State semifinals. Coach Ryan Ross has built a rock solid defensive unit and a ball control offensive attack led by running back Andrew Warren.

The Oak Grove-Ocean Springs survivor advances to the 6A South State title game next week facing the D'Iberville-Brandon survivor.

The Warriors under head coach Buddy Singleton travel to Brandon tonight.  D'Iberville brings a solid defense on the road led by linebacker Barry Leonardi. Quarterback Andrew Bird leads the Warriors offensive attack.

In the Class 5A ranks, Picayune has the home field advantage hosting Wayne County. Last week the War Eagles defeated Gautier 56-20 while the defending 5A State Champion Maroon Tide under head coach Dodd Lee beat Pearl River Central 38-26.  Picayune will use running backs Gerrell Keaton and Kardarious Cross to establish ball control to keep the football away from Wayne County's explosive offense.

The Wayne County-Picayune survivor will play in the 5A South State title game next Friday, facing the winner between Pascagoula and Laurel.

Coach Lewis Sims and his Pascagoula Panthers travel to Laurel tonight.  The Panthers eliminated West Jones last week 24-17 and lineup against an explosive Golden Tornadoes offense.  Laurel whipped up a 71-41 win over East Central last Friday.

4A ranks, St. Stanislaus and Forrest County AHS hookup again in a 3rd round playoff game.  The Aggies ended the Rockachaws 2013 season with a 49-42 decision handing St. Stanislaus its only loss of the season after the Rockachaws had won 12 straight games.

St. Stanislaus will have the home field advantage tonight and can count on sophomore quarterback Myles Brennan to get the ball in the end zone.  Brennan has passed for 4,607 yards and 51 touchdowns.

We could see a Poplarville-St. Stanisalus rematch in the 4A South State championship game next Friday.  The Hornets travel to Purvis where running back Malik Lucas will try cracking the end zone.  The only loss suffered by St. Stanislaus was to Poplarville on October 17.

Resurrection has been flying under the win column for most of the season, with one exception, a loss to Natchez Cathedral.  A win over Nanih Waiya tonight on the road could have the Eagles face Cathedral in a rematch for the Class 1A South State Championship next Friday.  Coach Scott Sisson has loads of talent led by his son Larry who happens to be the Eagles starting quarterback.

Get out and support your local high school and watch the Friday Night Football Showdown tonight at 10:20 on WLOX-TV.

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