Class 2A State Championship Preview: Amite vs Many

by Hunter Bower // Owner

No. 1 Many (13-1) vs. No. 6 Amite (10-2)

Friday, Dec. 10 | 3:30 p.m. | Caesars Superdome | New Orleans, LA
Tickets | Watch – NFHS Network ($)

Many Preview:

Head Coach: Jess Curtis

State Championships: 2014, 2020

Last Finals Appearance: 2020 (beat Kinder, 20-16)

Road To The Dome:

  • Round One: Beat No. 32 Independence, 49-0
  • Round Two: Beat No. 17 East Feliciana, 51-22
  • Quarterfinals: Beat No. 8 Rosepine, 50-12
  • Semi-Finals: Beat No. 4 Avoyelles, 40-38

The Skinny: 

• Many will be appearing in the Class 2A state title game for the third consecutive season. The Tigers won their second championship in program history last season in a 16-13 win over Kinder.

• Head coach Jess Curtis has led the Tigers to five championship games since 2013. Prior to Curtis’ tenure as head coach, Many had just appeared in one championship game back in 1988.

• The Tigers possess one of the most underrated running attacks in the state in London Williams. The senior tailback has rushed for over 2,500 yards and 46 touchdowns this season, the most amongst all running backs in any class.

• Many’s Tackett Curtis has worn multiple hats on both sides of the ball. In addition to his responsibilities on the defensive side, he also serves as the squad’s quarterback.

Amite Preview:

Head Coach: Zephaniah Powell

State Championships: 1963, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2018

Last Finals Appearance: 2018 (beat Welsh, 47-20)

Road To The Dome:

  • Round One: Beat No. 27 Delhi Charter, 48-0
  • Round Two: Beat No. 22 Kinder, 35-20
  • Quarterfinals: Beat No. 3 General Trass, 20-2
  • Semi-Finals: Beat No. 7 Jonesboro-Hodge, 35-26

The Skinny:

• The Warriors return to the Superdome for the first time since 2018 where they took down Welsh to win the program’s fifth state championship

• Amite has a chance to become the lowest seed to win a 2A state title game since Farmerville (7 seed) did so back in 2001.

• Head coach Zephaniah Powell makes his third trip to the state title game with Amite. Under his tutelage, the Warriors have advanced to the semifinals or better four times and the quarterfinals twice.

• Javae Gilmore anchors the Warrior defense that has limited its playoff opposition to 14 points per game. Gilmore, a senior, committed to Mississippi State over the likes of LSU, Arkansas, Florida State and Kentucky.

Distance To New Orleans: Many (263 miles), Amite (74 miles)