As if the gravity of a do-or-die playoff scenario wasn’t enough, Gulfport doubled down on the pressure in its first round match-up against George County and lived to tell about it.
In a game the Admirals converted just one more extra point than the opposition, they finally erased what was a seven game first round losing streak with a 20-19 victory over the Rebels.
Their reward is another ‘News 25 Game of the Week’ in a rematch with the defending 6A South State champion Oak Grove Warriors who already took down Gulfport 37-13 on the first day of September.
But that was a long time ago and ever since that home loss, Gulfport is 8-1 fresh off its third straight region 4 class 6A championship.
They say it’s hard to beat the same team twice in the same season and that’s exactly what Head Coach John Archie is banking on. “Our guys understand now that it’s win or go home now. I think we kind of had a double-sided pressure last week. It’s win or go home also, you know that nine-year jinx of getting out of the first round of the playoffs was on us last week. Now it’s just we’ve got that pressure, we’ve got to win or go home. And I’m kind of playing that into my guys’ head. I still don’t think we’ve got the respect that we need and our guys kind of understand that also and we’re trying to gain that respect.”
The Admirals and Warriors will kick things off from Gulfport’s Milner Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.