PINE BELT (WDAM) - West Jones 28, Collins 6
A football field more akin to a bowl of gruel? Losing your starting quarterback in the second quarter of the opening game of the season?
For West Jones High School, no problem.
Running backs John Oliver and LeSean Pickens combined for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries Friday night as the Mustangs romped past Collins High School 28-6 Friday night in the season opener for both schools.
All told, West Jones rushed for 354 yards on 59 carries on a wet, sloppy field.
"It was messy," West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. "There had to be two inches of water on the field. It was like the ground was moving."
That didn't seem to bother Oliver and Pickens. Oliver ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, with Pickens going for 131 yards and a score on 20 carries.
"We were kind of limited with everything, but even when they had guys in the box, we were able to run the ball, so that was good to see," Pierson said. "We had like 59 snaps (on the ground), so it was a lot."
But Pierson called the evening bittersweet, with junior quarterback Peyton Brown going down in the the second quarter with what appears to be a serious knee injury.
Collins, the defending Class 3A state champion, debuted under first-year head coach Eric Booth. The Tigers lone score came on a pass from quarterback Orlandus McLaurin to Tavarian McCullum.
West Jones (1-0) will host Northeast (0-0) Friday, while Collins (0-1) hosts Prentiss High School (1-0).
Laurel 31, Quitman 0
The Golden Tornadoes defense dominated, and Dontario Drummond scored on a kickoff return and a touchdown pass Friday in the season opener for both schools.
"We had a lot of bright spots," Laurel coach Todd Breland said. "We had a lot of new kids, so overall, we were very pleased.
"We played a very smart football game."
With sophomore Sinclair Ulmer making his first career start at quarterback, Laurel's offense played what Breland called a mistake-free game, with no turnovers.
"Getting your first high school start, in the conditions that we were in, he played extremely well," Breland said.
Laurel's defense gave the Tornadoes a 4-0 lead, forcing a pair of early safeties.
Ulmer hooked up with Drummond for a 4-yard touchdown, and Kolby Smith scored on a 1-yard run to build the lead.
Laurel (1-0) will visit Hattiesburg Saturday in the Little Brown Jug game.
Enterprise 36, Sumrall 30
Senior quarterback Rhett Harvey threw four touchdowns Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Bobcats to pull out their season opener.
Harvey completed 15 of 24 passes for 230 yards, including scoring passes to Dannis Jackson (80 yards), Zane Berry (20 yards), Tyreke Preston (18 yards) and Matt Lott (15 yards).
Harvey, who was not intercepted and threw for a pair of 2-point conversions, also scrambled for 70 yards, Sumrall coach Shannon White said.
"We threw the ball pretty well," White said.
Sumrall (0-1) will travel Friday to Wesson (1-0), which beat McLaurin 14-12 Thursday night.
Warren Central 29, Oak Grove 3
The Warriors struggled in the red zone in the season opener, falling to the Vikings in the opening game of the Red Carpet Classic Friday evening.
"I think we got in the red zone three or four times, and came away with a field goal," Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. "We dropped two touchdown passes.
"The whole first quarter, it seemed like we were backed up near our own end zone, so not great field position, but when we had field position, we didn't take advantage of it."
Junior Brennan Sobiesk's 27-yard field goal provided Oak Grove's lone points in the game.
Warren Central (1-0) gained 286 yards, with 258 yards coming on the ground.
Quarterback Jesse Wilson completed just 2 of 7 passes, but both went for scores, a 23-yard touchdown to Demarcus Jones and a 5-yarder to Shaunterrance Walton.
Jones ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on five carries, while Joevontae Shorter added 80 yards and another score on 13 carries.
Oak Grove (0-1) will travel to Wayne County (0-1) Friday.
Prentiss 14, North Forrest 13
North Forrest High School had the final 8 minutes, 47 seconds of its season-opening football game Friday at Prentiss High School disappear when a fallen tree knocked out power to the stadium.
Monday, the rest of the game was wiped from the schedule when the two schools could not find a compatible open date to finish the contest, North Forrest coach James Dillon said.
"We decided to let it end as a no-contest," Dillon said.
Trailing 14-13, the Eagles had a first-and-goal with 47 seconds left in the third quarter when the lights went dark on the field.
"At first, they thought a transformer had blown," Dillon said. "But then their coach called me later and told me the mayor had called him and that a tree had fallen on a power line.
"We were so close, but you can't control Mother Nature."
Prior to power outage, quarterback Dylan Croom had scored on a 15-yard keeper and Christian Williamson had added a 23-yard touchdown run for North Forrest.
The Eagles (0-0) will host Lumberton (0-1) Friday.
Perry Central 33, Lumberton 22
Chris Sumrall ran for 156 yards on 16 carries and George Bolton scored twice and added a 2-point conversion as the Bulldogs defeated the Panthers Friday night in the season opener for both.
The Bulldogs collected 393 yards total offense, with 339 yards coming on the ground.
Bolton scored on runs of 5 yards and 2 yards, while Mckail Sumrall added 71 yards on 71 yards on five carries.
Quarterback Tijuane Bolton gained 41 yards on two carries and completed 2 of 4 passes for 54 yards. He also had eight tackles on defense.
Dre Coleman rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for Lumberton, while Drik Coleman added 91 yards on 13 carries. Freshman Xavier Holder returned a fumble 50 yards for the Panthers' other touchdown.
Middle linebacker Davion Edwards finished with 13 tackles.
Lumberton coach Zach Jones said his Panthers may have come a little too sure of themselves after a solid showing against West Harrison in a jamboree the previous week.
"Our focus was not there," Jones said of the outing with Perry Central. "We just had too many mistakes and you can't do that against good teams."
Case in point: For the second consecutive season against Perry Central, Lumberton snapped the ball over the head of its punter three times.
"We snapped over the punter's head three times last year and did the same this year," Jones said. "Not a good way to start, but a fixable thing. We work on it every day, but I guess we're going to work on it a little more."
Perry Central (1-0) will host Richton (0-1) Friday, while Lumberton (0-1) visitis North Forrest (0-0).
Presbyterian Christian 45, West Marion 26
Isaiah Woullard ran for 299 yards and four scores for the Bobcats, who downed the Trojans Thursday night at Warrior Stadium in Oak Grove.
"He's the best running back I've coached in my 36 years," PCS Joey Hawkins said. "And not only is he a great player, but he's a great person."
West Marion bottled up Woullard in the first half, limiting him to 24 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. But the senior ran wild after halftime, going for 275 yards and three scores on 17 carries.
"You let him bang up in there, and that's what happens," Hawkins said. "He's just so durable. I've never given a back the ball 25 times, consistently, ever, because it's a long season."
Hawkins said he was particularly proud of beating a West Marion program that had posted 50 wins over the past five seasons, including a 13-2 mark in 2015 when the Trojans came up six points short of reaching the Class 3A state title game.
"We've got a good group of kids, and got a chance to do something."
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