By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Junior
The Nanih Waiya Warriors were one of the few high school football teams not to get wet last Friday night. That’s what having an open date during a rain storm will do for you.
“I think it worked out pretty good for us,” said NW head coach Tate Hanna. “We spent last week just working on ourselves and trying to get better. We also have a few players who have been out who should be back and ready to play for Friday night.”
While Friday night’s road game against Region 3-1A foe Pelahatchie is not a must-win situation for the Warriors, it certainly would be one that is good to have.
The Chiefs go into the game with a 3-1 overall and record and a 2-0 mark in the region, while Nanih Waiya is 2-2 and 1-0.
“We need to come back fresh and win this game,” Hanna said. “This would be a good one to get. A win here would definitely put you in the mix to be one of the top four teams.”
Winning the region is always a goal, but if a team wants to have a shot at the state title, finishing in the top four in the league and making the playoffs is a must.
“The winner of this game definitely has a leg up,” Hanna said. Going into the season French Camp, Noxapater, Nanih Waiya and Pelahatchie were considered to be among the frontrunners in the region.
After Friday night’s game at Pelahatchie, the Warriors host Ethel on Oct. 4 and then have consecutive road games with West Lowndes and Sebastopol before hosting Noxapater on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Warriors then close out the regular season with games against French Camp and West Oktibbeha.
Among those players expected to return to the field Friday for the Warriors are offensive guard Colby Higginbotham and receiver/safety Ben Cumberland.
Pelahatchie’s lone loss came in the second game of the season when the Chiefs fell to rival Puckett 38-34. Pelahatchie has wins over Pisgah (43-27), West Lowndes (47-13) and Ethel (28-0).