If you could upload the energy of a SEC championship football game and download it in Memphis, Christian Brothers High School could easily have registered as the destination address on Friday night.
The top-10 showdown between No. 7 CBHS and No. 3 Southaven prompted major pre-game tailgaiting on the campus grounds. Inside the stadium, fans were entertained with a marching band, pep band, deejay and eight male students with letters painted on their bodies spelling B-R-O-T-H-E-R-S.
Yes, the fans in purple were rowdy and ready to get the game started against their foes from across the state-line; maybe a little too rowdy. The game could be watched live from Christian Brothers' web cam site. Once on the web page, the sub-heading read, "The Purple Wave takes on the Southaven Crackheads."
Some Southaven parents did not appreciate that expression of CBHS school spirit.
"I am not happy about this at all, said Melissa Smith. "They have been continuously apologizing on the site about this. They can apologize all they want. This is disrespectful and unappreciated."
There was one sure way to get payback. You have your kicker, Ryan Robbins, boot a 37-yard field goal as time expires to win a 45-42 thriller. It was the second consecutive week Robbins kicked a game winner for the Chargers.
Southaven quarterback Shea Chism finished 30 of 46 passing for 401 yards and 5 touchdownss. Four of the TD passes were completed to Terence Davis Jr.
CBHS quarterback Breck Ruddick ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns.