Warriors fans gear up for championship game

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - For high school football fans the only place to be Friday night is D'Iberville's Warrior Stadium. That's where the undefeated Warriors take on the West Jones Mustangs. And the winner moves on to the state championship game next week.

They are expecting so many people for the game they brought in some extra bleachers. The stadium can now hold about 7,000 and they are anticipating somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 fans will be there.

The stadium that will be filled with fans was empty early this morning but a few folks were lingering around. Assistant coach for the Warriors Josh Ladner said, "I want to win tonight, about as bad as you possibly can.

For Ladner and his friends this is a special place. It is at the stadium in 2002 when Ladner played on the team that won south state. Donald Noble who also played on the team said, "There is nothing in this world that can explain that feeling of winning a state championship."

Elijah Bell hopes his son Jacoby gets to experience that feeling. Eight hours before game time Bell was already staking out the family's seats. His advice to his son about the game is simple and to the point. "Go out and place your best, do what you are supposed to do on offense," Bell said.

Leara Schotzman a mother of one of the players said,"I am very nervous, nothing to eat all day, my stomach is doing flip flops for tonight." Schotzman remembers the last time she felt this way, it was when she watched two of her sons play on the 2002 championship team.

"If they win they win if they don't they don't we still love them regardless," Schotzman said. "But a win would be nice, real nice."