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Kara Childress, marching band, was escorted by Chris and Brendan Dean, marching band, was escorted by Amy Brittany Evans, auxiliary team, was escorted by Toni and Stephanie Childress and Candace and Jennifer Price. Chil- Phagan and Mary Dean. Dean has played in the MP David Grant and Jeff Evans. Evans has been a member of dress has played in the MP marching band for five years, marching band for five years, l the MP auxiliary team for four years. Mi'Quala High, marching band, was escorted by Sameka Megan Kelly, auxiliary team, was escorted by Roger and Bethany Maddox, marching band, was escorted by Bill Josey and Dayson Fryar. High has played in the MP march- Michelle Kelly. Ke!!y has been a member of the MP auxil- and Joy Phillips and Ansley Maddox. Maddox has played ing band for four years, iary team for four years, in the MP marching band for two years. Jasmine Moore, auxiliary team, was escorted by Bran- Bailey Niblett, marching band, was escorted by David, Abbey Parks, marching band, was escorted by Emily, don and Tony M~oxe. Moore hasbeen, a member Jof the Carla and Dawson Niblett. Niblett has played in the MP Bradley and Laurie Parks. Parks has played in the MP MP auxiliary team for four years, marching band for five years, marching band for five years. Matthew Parks, marching band, was escorted by Raven Pitts, marching band, was escorted by Byron, Renee and Amelia Pitts and Caroline and Jason Weir. Pitts has Michael and Morgan Parks. Parks has played in the MP played in the MP marching band for five years. Abigail Weir, marching bond, was escorted by Byron, Renee and Amelia marching band for five years. Pitts and Caroline and Jason Weir. Weir has played in the MP marching band for five years. GraceAnne Pixley, marching band, was escorted by Jeff, Kiersten Tharpe, marching band, was escorted by Wil- Hunter Toler, marching band, was escorted by Michael Karen, Grant and Will Pixley. Pixley has played in the MP liam and Cassandra Tharpe. Tharpe has played in the MP and Melina Murphree and Dalton Toler. Toler has played in marching band for five years, marching band for three years, the MP marching band for three years. r )The Reporte talked to Donnell Suggs, sports editor for the Houston Home Journal, about MP'S re- gion showdown with Perry on Friday. Visit www.hhjonline. com to view Suggs' work. Q.) Perry enters Friday's showdown with MP on an eight-game series losing streak. Given MP's struggles in 2019, do Perry fans and observers believe this could be the year the Panthers come out on top in the burgeoning .~valry? SUGGS A.) Despite how well the Panthers have played their past three games (all region, all wins), there is no relaxing when two teams in particular come to town: Peach County and Mary Persons. Both, as of the past five-six years especially, are "rivals" in theory more than in practice. Q.) From looking at their season statistics, it appears the Perry offense is a little more ground- based in 2019. Why did the Perry coaches decide to go away a bit from the passing attack that was so successful a year ago? A.) The Panthers rushed for almost four times more rushing yards than passing yards during their impressive victory over Spalding Friday. The reason is simple, the passing game has been unpre- dictable this season and the team can't be that way this season, the third under AD and head coach Kevin Smith. With the team in position tbr a AAAA state playoff appearance you can bet the farm that they will not rely on third-year starter Lane Rucker for more than screens and game managing from this point on. Q.) Have the Panthers found any big-play skill players to make up for the production they lost with the graduation of aU-state receiver Davion Ross? A.) Ross was a loss that will never be replaced, at least not this year, but junior running back Makei! Kendrick (No. 2) has been a major playmaker during the win streak. He had a 100-plus yard, two touchdown game Friday. Q.) What attributes make Lane Rucker so effective at quarterback? Is he getting any looks from colleges at this point? A.) Rucker has not progressed during his junor season. At one point he was among the best underclassman starters in AAAA football. As of this moment I have not heard from coaches or through the . grapevine about any college offers. Q.) Where does MP rank on Perry's list of rivals? Obviously, the Houston County schools are probably up at the top (and maybe Peach Co. as well), but is MP a big target game for the Panthers considering the way the Bulldogs have dominated the football region in recent years? A.) Peach County is number one and always will be. The second spot belongs to both MP and Veterans. The other Houston County, schools (Northside, Houston County and Warner Robins rarely play Perry in football). Q.) If MP fans want to go somewhere good to eat before the game on Friday, do you have any recommendations of any good spots near the campus? A.) Before 5 p.m. I recommend hav- ing dinner at The Swanson (933 Carroll Street). R's hands down the best place to eat in town. Second on my list is The Oil Lamp (401 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.). They have an awesome cafeteria- style menu, and the food and service is awesome. Q.) Do you have a prediction on the outcome of Friday's game? A.) Perry 28, MP 21