Philadelphia Meets Choctaw County for Division Title

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

The Philadelphia Tornadoes roll into their regular season finale against Choctaw County with an impressive resume.

They average nearly 42 points per game while their defense has shut out the opposition six times. A 19-6 road loss to Louisville is the only blemish on their schedule.

"Our only loss is to Louisville... that's it, and that's a great team," said senior linebacker Fent Mars. "We consider this the start of the playoffs, right now... this coming up game."

In it's inaugural season, Choctaw County is dangerous. The school created by the consolidation of Weir high school and Ackerman High School is 8-2."

"They have a quarter-back that can -he's a Michael Vick type- likes to run around back there and make a play," said Philadelphia coach Teddy Dyess. "So we got to be gap-sound, defensively."

That quarterback is Jamarcus Bradley, and he make plays through the air as well. If the tornadoes win, they'll be in the driver's seat for the playoffs.

"Big game for us. You know, if we win tomorrow night, we'll be the number one seed going into the playoffs, and that's a huge deal because you get to host the first round game," said Dyess. "Plus, that would make us division champions six out of the last seven years. That's something to take a lot of pride in."

Dyess said Philadelphia is healthy as a team can be this late in the season.

"I think everybody's gonna have bangs and bruises and stuff like that this time of year, but this is the 11th game of the season." the head coach said. "Everybody's gotta play through some injuries this time of the year. But I think this time of the year we're relatively healthy. "

If Friday's game pans out as most of the games on Philadelphia's schedule have, they'll welcome the inaugural Chargers by sending them back to Ackerman with a loss.

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