The Pascagoula football program is going to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2015 just not the way the Panthers had in mind.
Last week, Brookhaven had to forfeit due to COVID-19 issues, giving Pascagoula the equivalent of a first round bye.
It’s crazy to think the Panthers are only in this position because of a four-team tie-breaker resulting in them winning the region 4 class 5A district championship.
Now that’s not to say Pascagoula wouldn’t have moved on to the second round anyway, but there’s still a lot of conflicting emotions about winning without playing. Head Coach Lewis Sims said, “We were preparing to play Brookhaven and we find out Monday that they’re quarantined, and our kids were disappointed. They were truly, truly disappointed because they wanted to play that first round playoff game here and earn the opportunity to go into Week 2. But then we talked about how alright, being the No. 1 seed provided you this opportunity. Now what are you going to do with it? And we’re just very blessed in Mississippi to have people in place – the MHSAA and our school districts – to really mitigate the circumstances of COVID-19 and keep these young people playing interscholastic sports.”
The Panthers will play host to three seed Hattiesburg on Friday with kick off set for 7 p.m.