D'Iberville Warriors fired-up for state title shot

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX)-D'Iberville High School is fired-up for Saturday night's state championship football game in Jackson.

The Warriors take on the Noxubee Tigers for the state title.

Warrior cheerleaders are ready, and the football team is certainly set.

Both squads raised the decibel level inside the high school gym at Friday morning's final pep rally of the season.

"Number one baby, what's up!" screamed one of the players.

"It's been an honor to play ball with you all. It's been great. And fans, thank you all for coming and filling the stands every time we went somewhere and every time we were at home. Thank y'all," said player Forrest Morrison.

"My dad's always told me that if you have confidence in yourself, you can do anything. Before every game this season, this team had confidence that we could win every game. And we have up to this point," Zack Rushing reminded the crowd.

"Go, fight, win! Go, fight, win!" screamed the cheerleaders, as the pom pon squad danced across the gym floor.

As if they needed anymore motivation, the Warrior football team took sledge hammers to smash up a junk car. The JROTC program purchased a junk car and painted it in the colors of the opponent's team.

Saturday night, this undefeated squad plans on smashing the Noxubee Tigers on the football field.

"Really exciting. I went through this in '02 and it's the same type atmosphere. And it's good to be back home. Good to be on the winning side of the football. It's good to go back to Jackson," said linebacker and receiver coach, Jason Hockaday.

"Okay, here we go. One, two, three," said the cheerleader sponsor, counting down before a good sport principal took two cream pies to the face.

Principal Elmer Mullins says, "Anything to help the team".

"It all comes down to tomorrow night. It ends tomorrow night. And tomorrow night, we come home champions," Forrest Morrison told the crowd.

No one in the gymnasium needed any convincing.