Philadelphia’s Fent Mars battles a Forest player for the ball Saturday during the Tornadoes’ 3-2 win over Forest in the state soccer playoffs.
Philadelphia’s Fent Mars battles a Forest player for the ball Saturday during the Tornadoes’ 3-2 win over Forest in the state soccer playoffs.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes advanced to the North State championship with a 3-2 win over Forest Saturday in the second round of the State Soccer Playoffs.

The Tornadoes were to play South Pontotoc Tuesday with the winners advancing to the state championship game. That will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Jackson.

Forest and the Tornadoes were tied at 1-1 at the half. T.J. Hudson kicked in the Tornadoes' goal. In the second half, John Harold Smith booted in two free kicks to lift the Tornadoes to victory.

Last year, the Tornadoes made it to the finals of the state tournament before losing 3-1 to Sacred Heart. Coach Adam Huddleston said his team has some unfinished business in Jackson.

"We hope we get there," Huddleston said. "We had an exciting match with Forest but we still have a tough on with South Pontotoc. We would love to get another shot against Sacred Heart."

Football

The Philadelphia Tornadoes have announced their 2013 football schedule as follows:

Philadelphia Tornadoes

2013 football schedule

Aug. 23 - at South Delta

Aug. 30 - Lexington McClain

Sept. 6 - at Neshoba Central

Sept. 13 - at Louisville

Sept. 20 - Bay Springs

Sept. 27 - Kemper County

Oct. 4 - - at Forest *

Oct. 11 - at Raleigh *

Oct. 18 - Choctaw Central *

Oct. 25 - at Southeast Lauderdale *

Oct. 31 - Heidelberg *

* Region 5-3A game

Prior to the start of the season, the Tornadoes will play Cleveland Eastside in the Ole Miss Jamboree with game time to be announced later. Philadelphia's spring game is set for May 17 at Quitman.

Basketball

The Philadelphia boys basketball team knocked off Heidelberg last week, 52-48. The Oilers had come in undefeated in Region 5-3A play.

The Tornadoes also dropped a 52-48 decision to Newton.

"The win over Heidelberg was big for our program," coach Jason Broome said. "We played well in the first half, and then held on in the second half for the win. We have now beaten the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the region."

Leading 16-8 after the first quarter, the Tornadoes outscored the Oilers 16-11 in the second quarter to build a 32-19 halftime lead. Heidelberg would outscore the Tornadoes 34-22 in the second half but could not pull it out. Romon Gray led the Tornadoes with 11 points while Kaleb Moore added 10.

The Tornadoes battled the Newton Tigers close for three quarter. But Newton outscored them 17-10 in the final eight minutes of play to claim the victory. Moore scored 29 points to lead the Tornadoes.

The Philadelphia girls dropped both of its games to Heidelberg and Newton High School.

Philadelphia has two games this week. They were to host Choctaw Central on Tuesday and host Southeast Lauderdale on Friday.