Newscenter 11 Sports continues our countdown of the top 11 local sports stories from 2008.
What a year it was for high school football in East Mississippi as Meridian, Noxubee County and Louisville captured state championships in the state's three biggest classifications.
Those stories will come later in the countdown.
But a trio of other area teams also had outstanding seasons, and that's number seven.
The Quitman Panthers has an outstanding turnaround season. Second year head coach John Douglass and his troops won their first seven games and finished the regular season with a 10 and 1 mark and advanced to the playoffs. The season was the best in recent memory for the Panthers.
And how about the Calvary Christian Cougars? Playing in the MPSA 8-man league for a second year, Calvary lost their first two games of the season.
However, they rallied and won nine straight, averaging over 50 points per game under first year coach Kirby Newell. The Cougars also captured the unofficial 8-man state crown.
And in West Alabama, the dynasty continues for Sweet Water. The Bulldogs went 14 and 1 and captured their third straight Class 1A championship with a 42 to nothing victory over Speake in the title game. It also marked the 8th state championship in school history for Sweet Water.
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