At the beginning of the Class AA playoffs there seemed to be a clear and cut path that the #7 seeded Tigers would have to take in order to get to the Ceasars Superdome where the LHSAA Class AA state championship football game is to be played next Friday.
The road stayed as mapped out in the first two rounds that saw the Tigers whip #26 Oakdale and #10 Mangham. Last week J-H was put on an alternate path when #15 Franklin upset #2 Loreauville. This week again the Tigers will venture to parts unexpected when the travel to #6 Amite who ousted #3 General Trass out of Lake Providence.
“We have already seen that just because one team is seeded lower than another doesn’t necessarily make that team better,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. At this point the seeding don’t mean anything as everyone left is a very good team.”
The opponent this Friday is not only a good team this year but has been for years. During the 7 year reign of Zephaniah Powell the Warriors have compiled a 76-44 overall,.record and a 35-4 slate in district 7-3A and 9-2A play where Amite dropped down to in 2017. Currently Amite is on a three year winning streak in district play where they won their five games by an average of 36.6 to 9.0. Even more impressively is their play over their last last five games of the regular season and the three playoff games where they have scored 220 and give up just 29, while shutting out their opponent in three of the last four games, including two in the playoffs, one of which was #3 seed General Trass in the quarterfinals.
“Amite is a very, very good football team that unlike last week doesn’t have any one individual player you have to watch for but several,” said Blankenship. “The are versatile on offense as they will use a power running attack and also spread you wide. On defense they run a 4-2-5 zone based package.”
In Blankenship’s opinion though it isn’t what Amite does that will be the difference in the game but what the Tigers do that is important.
“I told the kids that from here on out it isn’t about who we play but rather how we play,” said Blankenship. “We proved to ourselves last week that if we execute like we are capable then we can beat anybody.”
How to get there: There are two primary ways shown to get to Amite but regardless which way you go the time it will take is just a little over four hours in estimated driving time.
#1 – Take Hwy 167 south to Winnfield where you will then get on Hwy 84 East to Natchez. Get on Hwy 98 east to I-55 South and take Hwy 16 East in Amite. From there go west on Oak Street and the South on Laurel Street.
#2 – Take 167 North to Ruston and get on I-20 East. IN Vicksburg take Hwy 27 South to I-55 and continue until you reach Amite where upon you will follow same directions as shown above.
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