Choctaw County drops playoff opener to Collins

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

The Chargers of Choctaw County High School didn’t get any favors when the brackets were made for the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs.

Due to an upset on the last week of the regular season, Morton went in as the No. 1 seed out of Region 6-3A and Collins was No. 2. That meant the Chargers, who finished third in Region 5-3A, were sent to Covington County to take on the Tigers of Collins.

“The draw was the most unlucky thing about it for us,” said CCHS head coach Adam Dillinger. “They (Collins) are by far the best team in that district. They are physical and athletic.” To prove that point even further, Southeast Lauderdale — a team CCHS beat 45-0 in Mid-October and the No. 4 seed from Region 5-3A — went on the road and beat No. 1-seeded Morton in the first round on Friday night.

The Chargers, who finished the year at 8-4, played Collins tough and were tied with the Tigers 7-7 at the half thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by Jamarcus Bradley.

“We thought we had a chance at the half, but we just didn’t capitalize early (in the second half) on some opportunities we had,” Dillinger said. “They ended up making a couple big plays on us and we weren’t able to respond.”

Dillinger said overall he was very pleased with the way the team came together following the consolidation of Weir and Ackerman High School prior to the 2013-14 season.

“It (the season) didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but I was proud of our kids,” Dillinger said. “Our kids did a heck of a job of coming together and pulling together. We were practically a new team.

“It was a testament to the work they put in,” he said. “It gives us a great place to build of our program. Not many teams can win eight games in their first year as a program.”