POPLARVILLE, Miss. — No. 7 Pearl River’s season was on the brink of ending well before the Wildcats were prepared for it to wrap up Friday. Having split the first two games of their best-of-three Region XXIII play-in series against visitor East Central, the Wildcats knew what was on the line.
Presbyterian Christian School’s C.J. Buckhalter and Cameron Shaw didn’t know each other a few months ago. C.J. was entering the summer before his sophomore year on the Bobcats’ football team, while Shaw was making the move from Fort Worth, Texas, to Hattiesburg.