Jimmy Holiday looks for an opening.
Jimmy Holiday looks for an opening.
Madison Central prepares for a semifinal playoff rematch with Starkville (12-2,6-1) after edging Warren Central (9-4,5-2) 28-26 last week.
     Starkville bested the Jags 14-6 in the regular season.
  The Yellowjackets' success last Friday came largely off the arm of quarterback Malik Brown who, despite one interception, completed 14 of 18 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

This was the second playoff meeting in three years of Warren Central and Madison Central and marked the second time Warren Central was eliminated by MC in the playoffs.

It was a hard fought night for MC who needed a big play in the last seconds of the game to top the Vikings.

That play came in the form of an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Holliday to tight end Luke Robertson with 19 seconds left on the clock.

The play capped off an evening that saw MC jump to a quick lead in the first quarter after a touchdown drive that capitalized on a fumble and a pick six for corner back Shacobia Luckett, shooting the Jags to a 14-0 lead. They went into the half up 21-20 on the Vikings.

In addition to Robertson’s game-winning catch, Holliday completed a 23-yard pass to Josh Cofield to initially put the Jaguars on the board.

Holliday also recorded 10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Cameron White and Cedric Beal contributed some serious yardage to their ground attack as well.

White had 13 carries for 86 yards and Beal 15 carries for 79 yards. The offense produced 260 yards total.

The winner of the North State game will play the winner of the Pearl/Meridian game. The Pirates are undefeated with 14 wins including a 14-7 battle with Madison Central in the regular season. Meridian (7-6,4-3) already lost 34-12 to Pearl in the regular season.