South State championship games just one day away

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Football on Thanksgiving is a tradition for many Americans, whether it’s watching the NFL matchups on TV or playing a pick-up game in the yard.

This Thanksgiving, two Coast football teams are trading their couches and front yard games for practice and the chance at a South State championship.

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Poplarville will be making its fifth straight 4A South State finals appearance tomorrow night while Pascagoula will be playing in its first playoff game past the second round since falling short of the state championship in 2012.

Before the two teams hit the gridiron though, they have to fuel up with some of their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  Pascagoula QB Keilon Parnell said, “Mac and cheese. Dressing. Ham. You know. Don’t forget the pineapples on the ham.”

Poplarville Offensive Guard Tyler Knight said, “My personal favorite? Mm it would have to be just ham. Ham and potatoes for sure.”

Middle Linebacker Kristopher Elly said, “We’re cooking the usual Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, ham, dressing. We’re going to have some sweets, some dressings and all that. I told my ma she’s going to have to put my plate aside until Saturday.”

Poplarville Offensive Tackle Seth Ladner said, “My mama puts it in a pan and she does all her stuff and puts it in the oven and it comes out and tastes good.”

Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Pascagoula kicks off at home against West Jones and Poplarville plays host to Mendenhall.

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Grace Boyles was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capitol of the World”. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with dual majors, earning degrees in Communications and Creative Writing. During her time at Michigan, Grace broadcasted countless sporting events for the Big Ten Network, from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball to wrestling. Grace’s favorite sport to cover, however, was Michigan football from the sidelines at the Big House— even when it was 25 degrees and snowing! Grace is excited and eager to explore the Gulf Coast, meet new people, and learn more about this incredible community while telling the area’s news and sports stories.