Stone football making history: Tomcats to host first playoff game since 1991

Before Friday, the last time Stone High School won playoff football game was 1991 at which point second year Head Coach John Feaster was nine-years-old playing pee-wee football. Twenty-six years later, his Tomcats made history with their first round victory at West Jones and they’re looking to make more of it in round two, but Feaster says it’s gonna take a biblical effort to get the job done.
“Yeah, we’ve got to go out and play David. You hear it all the time, David versus Goliath. We’ve got to go play David Friday night. We’ve got to be the David. We’ve got to be that guy to go out and do what no one expects you to be able to do.”
It’s a fair comparison, really, the Book of Samuel. Hattiesburg rolls into town still undefeated at 12-0 outscoring opponents by an average of 30 points per game. Earlier this season, the Tigers beat Stone by 35 points. Good news for the Tomcats. They get a second chance. Left Guard Hagen Ladnier said,”We weren’t working as a unit at the time, but since then we’ve come a long way. Surprise some people.”
Linebacker T.J. Polk said, “I believe that I’ve got faith in my teammates and our abilities, we can come out with a win. Last game we weren’t fortunate enough to win, but this game I feel like we’re dialed in more. It means more to us, it means a lot more.”
It also means a lot more to the community at large with this being Stone’s first home playoff game since 1991. The same year, the Tomcats got that last post-season win until the class of 2018 changed all that. “It’s a huge game from the standpoint of 26 years hosting our first home playoff game, so that should be more of a, that should get the guys very excited. They want to kind of create a new history.”
“We’re making history, one step at a time.”
“Not every day you get to make history.”
“Hoping to leave a legacy.”
“Hopefully my kids can play for Stone High School.”
“Just to be a part of something like this is amazing, it’s something you dream about. Something you want to make happen, you want to do it for the people.”
If the people still have any doubts about Friday’s September re-match, the Tomcats invite them to embrace their underdog mentality. From the three seed in region 4 class 5A to one of five Gulf Coast teams remaining in the playoffs altogether, Coach Feaster has this team believing for the first time in a long time. “Well, as a coaching staff we just want to get that monkey off our back and let the kids know that you can win.”
“He’s built this from the ground up, he’s showed us teamwork. He’s cleaned the slate, built this from the ground up.”
“That’s one thing we’re all trying to focus on, come out and shock the world. Ain’t nobody believe in us. You’ve never heard of Stone County and Wiggins, so we’ve just got to come out and play hard.”
Stone will host the undefeated Tigers at 7 p.m. on Friday from A.L. May Memorial Stadium at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Perkinston Campus.

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