Philadelphia/Neshoba Series Halted

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) -- Neshoba Central High School has ended a 50-year rivalry with Philadelphia.
The Neshoba County School District notified the Philadelphia School Board in a letter on Monday that they will no longer participate in sporting events together.
County schools superintendent George Shaw tells the Neshoba Democrat that the decision was made after talks with coaches, parents, students and local residents.
Shaw says the school districts will not play in sporting events for at least the next two years.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association two weeks ago reprimanded and cited Philadelphia coaches for failing to keep the football players in the end zone until the Neshoba Central Band had completed its halftime performance.
Also in the days leading up to the game a residence was vandalized and eight Neshoba Central football players were arrested, and later indefinitely suspended.

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