228 Sports: 25 years ago, Moss Point football set the standard


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

Before there was South Panola, there was .

The Tigers from Dantzler Street were the first prep football juggernaut in the largest classification in the state of Mississippi after the advent of the statewide playoff system, winning four state championships in a 10-season span from 1991-2000 under the direction of head coach Jerry Alexander.

Also, MPHS was the only team in the largest classification (Class 5A and Class AA) to win back-to-back state titles in the first two decades of the state playoffs.

The second of those consecutive crowns came 25 years ago, in 1997, when the Tigers beat South Panola in thrilling fashion 17-14 in overtime at Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

The 1997 team will be honored this Friday night as MPHS celebrates Homecoming taking on visiting…

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