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Pine Belt MHSAA football championship recap

The Laurel Golden Tornadoes celebrate after their 29-26 win against Oxford. The Laurel Golden Tornadoes celebrate after their 29-26 win against Oxford.
Of the four team's that went to Starkville representing the Pine Belt, three came back with championship trophies in their possession.

The 2A Bassfield Yellowjackets got things started with a 3 p.m. kickoff Friday, facing last season's state title foe, Calhoun City.

Head Coach Lance Mancuso and the Jackets were going for their 3rd straight title and behind a dominant running effort, cruised to a 60-35 win against the Wildcats

In 3A, Collins was hoping to bring a title back to Covington County, but standing in their way were the Charleston Tigers.

Facing a 17-6 halftime deficit, Ryan Earnest and his Tigers stormed back and came away with a 28-20 overtime win.

5A Laurel went through a gauntlet this season, and waiting for them in Davis Wade Stadium were the 13-1 Oxford Chargers.

A fast start by Todd Breland's bunch put the Golden Tornadoes ahead early, and a defensive stand in the final seconds sealed a 29-26 win for Laurel's third title in school history.

It took three days for 6A Oak Grove to get the chance to defend their championship against perennial power South Panola, due to a power outage on Mississippi State's campus, Friday night.

With the lights working Sunday afternoon, Nevil Barr and the Warriors, came up short in the their quest to two-peat with a 27-21 loss to the Tigers in overtime.

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