It has been an up and down season for the Meridian High School Wildcats. But last week's victory over Oak Grove has put the team in the running for a state championship.
"These kids and the coaches have worked really hard. And it's just a testament to what they've done," said MHS athletic director Jermaine Brown.
And they say they're ready to meet South Panola Friday night.
"Everybody's been talking South Panola this and South Panola that. We ended Oak Grove's undefeated season and we're going to try to end South Panola's undefeated season tomorrow," said Cordera Eason, a senior runningback for Meridian.
"We're going to have to bring a lot to the table," said senior linebacker Roshaad Byrd. "South Panola, they're on a 44 game winning streak, you know. So we're going to have to play our hearts out. Come out with a victory."
The oldest trophy dates back to 1938. There's one for 1985 and 1990. Friday night, the Wildcats hope to bring home a trophy for 2005.
But it's something the kids say they can't do without their fans.
"The fans, you know, the kids look up in the stands and see everybody supporting them, cheering, everything," said Judge Little of Judge Little Sporting Goods. "It had to pump them up even more."
"We really appreciate the support of the community and the fans and we're definitely asking everybody to just come on out and root us on to victory," said Brown.
Tickets to the game are available in the MHS office for $10 per person. The price at the game is $12 per person. If you want to go on a school bus, the cost is $5 per passenger. Buses will leave the school Friday at 4:30 p.m.