In the same city that the Wildcats football team lost to Puckett in December's Class 1A state championship game, the Wildcats powerlifting team made sure it wouldn't lose this time to the very same school.
The Wildcats struggled in the lighter weight classes on Saturday, but the turning point, according to Mike Ray, Calhoun City's powerlifting and head football coach, came during star football player Jarvis Rounds' lifts.
The senior running back lifted a total of 1,215 pounds to win the 198-pound division and spark a string of great lifts the rest of the way for the Wildcats in the heavier classes. Rokedrick Mayes (242 pounds), Charvis Pierce (308 pounds) and TJ Clanton (308-plus pounds) all won individual titles for Calhoun City, which had 12 athletes competing.
"We missed some lifts this morning, some guys that we were counting on," Ray said. "But our big guys, they really stepped up in the afternoon lifts and have done a tremendous job.
"It was a total team effort. Everybody really put forth the effort all season long. It's about time we bring a state championship back to Calhoun City."
Dueling with Calhoun City all day Saturday was East Webster. Despite finishing in fourth, the Wolverines got individual titles from Timarkis Bell (242) and Jacob Harris (275).
"They did great," said East Webster head coach Doug Wilson. "We had seven to start with so we were kind of behind the eight-ball from the get go."
In Class 4A boys, Tywan Market of Itawamba won the 114-pound class with a total of 865, while Pontotoc's Brandon Warren won the 148-pound division with a 1,245-pound total.
Complete results from Class 4A were not made available at the competition site on Saturday night.
On the girls side, Nettleton's Tara Lanham (105 pounds) and Holly Schlicht (114 pounds) took home individual titles in Class I girls competition.