Ty Hardin

Tupelo head coach Ty Hardin said Friday that telling his team the season was over “was one of the hardest days in my coaching career.”

Tupelo’s football season has come to an anti-climactic end.

The Golden Wave were forced to cancel tonight’s first-round playoff home game versus Warren Central, due to several COVID-19 cases within the program. Warren Central gets a pass to the second round, where it will face either Clinton or Horn Lake.

“Today was one of the hardest days in my coaching career, having to tell a group of young men that their season had ended on something that was out of their control,” first-year coach Ty Hardin said in a statement.

“I promised the guys that if they kept being tough, fought for our culture, and outwork everyone then we would keep playing. To break that promise hurts. They deserved to play on their terms tonight whatever the outcome may be. I can’t thank this senior class and this football team enough for laying the foundation for this football program. We will be a force in the future.”

Tupelo (6-4) finished second in Division 1-6A to earn a home playoff game for the first time since 2017. The Wave had won five-straight games before losing to reigning 6A state champ Oxford last week.

Tupelo was the second area team to have its season ended by COVID-19. Earlier in the week, Lafayette had to forfeit its first-round 5A playoff game against Neshoba Central.

brad.locke@journalinc.com

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