Tale as Old as Time–Amory Faces Independence in the Second Round of Playoffs Once Again – Amory School District

Tale as Old as Time–Amory Faces Independence in the Second Round of Playoffs Once Again

By Hannah Hoang, Prowl News

As October comes to a close, when the nights get colder and the days get longer, Amory Football prepares for the peak of their season: regional playoffs.  

For the past four years, the Panthers have had a playoff appearance, with the longest run lasting through the 2020-2021 season ending in the third round during the game against Winona.  Coming fresh off a win against Mantachie last week during the first round, the Panthers will travel to Independence for the second time in AHS Football history.

Current defensive back coach, Steve Griffin, attended Amory High School in the 90’s and was in the eighth grade when Amory faced Independence in the playoffs last.  “I went with my dad and uncle to every game that year-home and away.  The atmosphere at the game was intense…you don’t get many opportunities to face the team that put you out in the playoffs the year before on their turf.  There was definitely a feeling of revenge in the air.”  

Amory is in a similar situation this year, facing Independence for the first time since 2019, when Independence scored a last minute touchdown securing their spot in the next week of playoffs.  

“There’s definitely a rich history between these two teams.  The seniors now remember the loss their sophomore year and have already been talking about their anticipation for the game this week.”  In terms of preparation, the team has tweaked their practices for the playoffs.

The Amory Panthers will travel to Independence on Friday, November 12th for the second round of playoffs.  The game starts at 7 PM.