FLORA - They had met earlier in the season with Tri-County taking a lopsided 40-6 win. But with more on the line - advancing in the MAIS playoffs - the game was tighter but the Rebels came out on top again, 26-10, over the Raiders.

Head coach David Blount knew the Raiders weren't going to be easy the second time.

"I don't think it was one of our better games but we played hard enough to win it," Blount said. "Benton played really good. I thought they came out and stopped some of the things we did the first game against them."

At halftime, the Rebels held a 13-7 lead but Benton picked up a field goal to open the third quarter to cut the lead to 13-10.

From there, the Rebels took control of the game and added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the 26-10 lead and eventual win.

Now 13-0 on the year, the Rebels are just one win away from playing for the state championship. But that opportunity runs through an extremely tough Wilkinson Christian Academy team that only has one loss on its record.

"They are a really good team and have only lost one game and that was to a really good AA team," Blount said. "They've got some great speed on the outside and some big guys up front - so it's going to be our toughest game of the year obviously."

But Blount wouldn't trade places with any other team.

"We're looking forward to it glad to be back in it again this year - it's our third time in three years," he said. "We're going to try and run the ball but if they force us to spread it and pass it then that's what we'll do. We'll do whatever we have to try to do to win this ballgame.

"We're practicing a little bit of everything and defensively we have to make sure we don't give up any big plays to them."

Wilkinson Christian defeated Newton Academy 35-18 for the opportunity to play Tri-County.

Game time is Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Millsaps Stadium. The winner goes onto next weekend's state championship game.