Olive Branch rallies to beat Petal 35-34

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Todd Mays rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and then the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter as Olive Branch rallied to beat Petal 35-34 on Friday night and claim the Mississippi High School Athletics Association 6A state championship.

It's the first state title for the Conquistadors (15-0), who nearly ended up losers to Petal (10-5) on the final play.

Petal's Austin Franklin missed a 38-yard field goal as time expired. Franklin made a 43-yard field goal on the previous snap, but an Olive Branch player was ruled offsides, which is a dead ball penalty in the MHSAA.

Mays rushed for 84 yards and four touchdowns for Olive Branch.

Petal quarterback Anthony Alford rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 8 for 8 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

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