All of a sudden, Class 6A, Region 2 in Mississippi high school football got much more complicated.
The Starkville Yellowjackets knew going into last Friday's game against Warren Central that all they had to do was defeat the Vikings and the region championship would be in the bag.
With the 12-9 loss, the Jackets now have a must tougher path to the title.
For Starkville to win the region now, it has to defeat Clinton on Friday and Columbus must pull off a win against Warren Central.
If Warren Central tops Columbus and SHS gets a win against Clinton, the Jackets finish No. 2 in the region with the three-way tie point system.
SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell said "he doesn't even want to think about" the result if his team loses to Clinton. If that happens, the Jackets will finish third in the region and will go on the road to play somewhere like Tupelo. That would be a tough way to open the Class 6A playoffs.
As the regular season wraps up on Friday, the Jackets are looking to win and become Falcon fans for one night.
"We're pulling for Columbus and we hope to take care of our business," Mitchell said.
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