The Lumberton Panthers and Taylorsville Tartars will square off in the second round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET in Taylorsville, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: Lumberton Panthers vs. Taylorsville Tartars
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Taylorsville – Taylorsville, MS
Live stream: Watch here
The Panthers enter the playoffs with a 7-4 record, while the Tartars have a 6-5 record. Lumberton is ranked 5th in the division, while Taylorsville is ranked 4th. In the state rankings, Lumberton is ranked 148th and Taylorsville is ranked 105th.
Lumberton has a balanced offense that averages 22.8 points per game. The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Isaac Johnson, who has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Johnson also has a solid rushing attack, as he has rushed for over 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Taylorsville has a more explosive offense, averaging 30.5 points per game. The Tartars are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Taylorsville also has a dangerous passing game, led by senior quarterback Matthew Schuette, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Both teams have good defenses. Lumberton has allowed 20.7 points per game this season, while Taylorsville has allowed 24.2 points per game.
This should be a close and competitive game between two evenly matched teams. Taylorsville has the better offense, but Lumberton has the better defense. Ultimately, the game will likely come down to a few key plays.
Prediction: Taylorsville Tartars 28, Lumberton Panthers 21