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BALDWYN, Miss. (WCBI Sports) – Baldwyn is making another playoff push in 2A. It’s been five years since the Bearcats were state champions. A 33-22 win over Bruce Friday put Baldwyn in the North Half Semifinals. Head coach Michael Gray said the Bearcats hadn’t played in a close game in a while.

“I really enjoyed watching them fight through that and come through and get a win,” Gray said. “That gave them probably more confidence than I could even give them.”

Starting the season 0-2, Baldwyn is learning from some early mistakes.

“We had suffered some injuries early,” Gray said. “It actually, in the long run, was better for us because we had to play more kids and more kids got some experience early in the year that are actually contributing a lot now.”

“After that second loss it was just that feeling of ‘I don’t want this feeling anymore,'” senior Corbin Scott said. “Everybody was talking about our division and how it was weak and we just felt like we had something to prove.”

Baldwyn’s only loss in its last 12 games is to Saltillo, a 5A school.

“Our confidence has definitely grown,” Clayton Gray said. “We’ve had a bunch of leaders step up and everybody is starting to play together.”

“Everybody feeds off each other really,” Shaq Shinault said. “That’s our main goal, just to feed off each other.”

Baldwyn hosts Eupora Friday. Gray and Eupora coach Junior Graham are certainly familiar with each other. Baldwyn beat Eupora twice in 2008. That was the last year that Bearcats won the state championship. Gray says his team is ready.

“They know what’s at stake,” Gray said. “They realize that there are only six teams that get to walk out of here in December that are going to win their last game. We’re going to give it our best shot.”

Friday’s winner gets either Calhoun City or West Bolivar. Then, it’s on to Jackson.

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  • Gregory Petty

    Well here we go again!
    Eagles are flying HIGH this Friday Night. Watch those receivers earn their yardage. I have the Eagles at 28 pts. before half time.
    Final
    Eupora -37
    Baldwyn – 24

  • GP

    I have never seen so many flags in a game. There were flags called for no reason at all and to make it worse the REFS threw them and didn’t know what they were thrown for. At one call it took them a least 10 min. to figure what they were going to do. Yes both sides had some bad calls. The REFS were not and are NOT qualified to call any game. Some of the REFS even got confronted by several Baldwyn’s players (I’m mean in their faces) and no flag was thrown. Seems to me and others that were not from Eupora but other school districts that the REFS were calling the game for Baldwyn. Hope that theres a investigation about this…
    By the way shouldn’t the REFS be from other Districts when calling a Playoff game. Just wondering.
    Baldwyn will be playing the WildCats of Cahoun City this Friday. Same REFS? If so, then The Bearcats will have to Face Bassfield or East Marion and you know who’s going to win that one!!!

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