Charleston advances to Class 2A North championship gameBy CLAY MCFERRIN,
The Charleston High School Tigers punched their ticket to the Class 2A North State championship game Friday night with a 6-3 win over the Calhoun City Wildcats at Tiger Stadium.
The 10-4 Tigers, on "Black Friday," Nov. 29, will face 13-0 North Side in a rematch of a regular-season game between Region 3-2A foes. That Oct. 11 game in Charleston was won by North Side, 22-8. North Side ran the table and became region champs. Charleston was the runner-up.
Charleston will meet North Side at the Coahoma Community College football stadium, according to East Tallahatchie Athletic Director Michael Hargett.
North Side smashed East Webster, who entered this week's quarterfinal with a record of 11-1, by a final score of 42-8.
Calhoun City scored first Friday night on a 28-yard field goal to go up 3-0 with 6:22 in the second quarter.
The Tigers responded about 3 minutes later with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Kristian Gammage to Anthony Harris. The conversion failed, but Charleston took what would prove to be an insurmountable lead of 6-3 with 3:30 remaining in the first half.
Offensive stats were not pretty for either team. Charleston ran 34 plays for 144 yards and Calhoun City 50 for 97.
The Tigers had to overcome two turnovers and 14 penalties for 115 yards on a night that turned very cool and rainy in the second half.
This story will be updated.