The Neshoba County Youth Football 9-10 year-olds have made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs and it seems that nothing is going to stop them.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->
The Neshoba County Youth Football 9-10 year-olds have made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs and it seems that nothing is going to stop them.
The Neshoba County Youth Football 9-10 year-olds have made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs and it seems that nothing is going to stop them.

Neshoba County will play Poplarville in the third round of the playoffs this Saturday at noon at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. Win or lose, they have qualified to play Dec. 8 at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

"We are playing for the North half championship," coach Jerry Calloway said. "If we win, we'll play for the state championship. If we lose, we'll be playing for third place, but we aren't thinking about that. We want to win it all."

The 9-10-year old team went 8-0 through the regular season. They won their first playoff game against Picayune 14-8, and took the second game over Collins last week, 21-7.

"We only had one touchdown scored against us during the regular season, and two in the playoffs," Calloway said. "We play good defense and most of our plays are running plays. But we do have some pass plays."

Jaheim Gill is the quarterback while Kadereyn Calloway, Jaylan Buckley, Jarquez Hunter and Kirk Dekdon share the running back responsibilities. Among the offensive linemen who are clearing the way are guard Dustin Wilborn and Tristan Gibson, who also play defense.

Calloway noted that he had a good scouting report on this week's game.

"Poplarville has a very good team and they are going to be tough to beat," Calloway said. "They won the championship last year. But we are going to try and win it this year. It should be a good game."

The Neshoba County program had all three of its teams in the playoffs, noted CEO Greg Fulton.

"We are very proud of our kids and coaches," Fulton said. "We have only been in existence for three years and we have been in the playoffs all three years."