ROUNDUP: Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt

ROUNDUP: Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt
Source: WDAM

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Sacred Heart 45, West Lincoln 8

Sacred Heart High School followed an old coaching adage and definitely took a step forward between the first week and second week of the football season.

Sophomore quarterback Zach Weatherell threw for one touchdown and ran for another, while Will Agnew scored twice in the Crusaders' 45-8 victory at West Lincoln High School Friday night.

"We had some good things happen, but we still have a lot of things to clean up," Sacred Heart coach Lonny Schaeder said. "It was a good win.

"Offensive line-wise, we blocked a lot better. Everybody did their assignments more. We played really good on defense. "I was encouraged. We played well, but I do believe that we can definitely get better."

Sacred Heart took a 3-0 lead on Keaton Ware's 30-yard field goal, then made it 10-0 in the first quarter on a 1-yard scoring run by Paul Rowell Jr.

The Crusaders ran away with four scores in the second quarter. Agnew scored on a 36-yard punt return before Weatherell threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gary Heathcock.

Campbell Klein scored on a 23-run and Agnew's 10-yard run gave Sacred Heart a 38-0 lead at halftime.

"We have some pretty good skill guys," Schraeder said. "We want to get the ball in a lot of people's hands in space, and if we can do that, we're going to be successful."

Weatherell, who completed 7 of 13 passes for 102 yards, added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"He's improving week to week as a quarterback," Schaeder said. "That first week, things were flying, but (Friday) it seemed like everything was slowing down for him. He's throwing the ball in the right places more."

Klein ran for 71 yards on six carries, while Agnew added 36 yards on eight carries. Jackson Allen had two catches for 41 yards and Heathcock had three catches for 21 yards.

The Crusaders' defense limited West Lincoln to a lone, third-quarter score.

Agnew finished with seven tackles, including four sacks, while Grady Leek added three tackles with two sacks. Jackson Allen had five tackles, Paul Rowell had four stops and an interception and Owen Weatherall  also had an interception.

Sacred Heart (1-1) will host Lloyd Star High School Friday.

Bassfield 33, Forrest County AHS 13

Ron Thompson rushed for 151 yards and scored a touchdown as the Yellowjackets ran away from the Aggies.

Five different players scored touchdowns for the four-time defending Class 2A state champions, including a 33-yard fumble return by defensive lineman Joe Lewis for the game's final score in the fourth quarter.

Bassfield jumped out 6-0 in the first quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Cason Sims to Jafharis McKines. FCAHS answered with a 63-yard scoring pass from Roy'Quez McNair to Kijana Breeland to take a 7-6 lead.

But the Yellowjackets outscored the Aggies 20-6 in the second quarter to take control.

Kevin McNair scored on a 5-yard run and Thompson tacked on a 2-point conversion run for 14-7 lead. Thompson followed with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Bassfield ahead 20-7 before McNair and Breeland hooked up on a 43-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead back to 20-13.

It was the fourth touchdown connection of 40-plus yards between McNair and Breeland in FCAHS' first two games.

But James Washington answered for the Yellowjackets with a 34-yard scoring run to put Bassfield up 26-13 at halftime.

McNair finished with 182 yards passing for the Aggies.

Bassfield (2-0) will travel to Purvis High School (0-2) Friday, while FCAHS visits Stone High School (2-0) Friday at St, Patrick's.

Sumrall 41, Wesson 35

Quarterback Rhett Harvey completed 22 of 32 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns Friday as the Bobcats picked up their first win of the season.

Harvey also ran 3 yards for a score and tacked on a 2-point conversion run.

Dannis Jackson hauled in nine passes for 172 yards and all three scores. Matt Lott had five catches for 58 yards, while Zane Berry grabbed four passes for 60 yards.

After trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, the teams went in at halftime tied 21-21. Sumrall seized a 41-28 lead after three quarters, but then had to hold off the Cobras in the end.

"It was back and forth, back and forth, but in the end, our defense made a stand," Sumrall coach Shannon White said. "They drove it down the last few minutes of the game to around the 15-yard line, and we managed to hold them on downs and that's just a huge statement for our defense to do that."

White said the young Bobcats forced Wesson's offense into three-downs-and-out three different times.

"Wesson had a pretty good scheme," White said. "They spread the field and attacked all parts of it, but I was really proud that, defensively, we were able to do that.

"Last week, we gave up a late touchdown, but this week, we got (the stop) in a similar situation to hold them out and win the game."

Sumrall (1-1) visits West Lincoln High School (0-2) Friday.

West Jones 27, Northeast Jones 21 (2OT)

John Oliver scored on a 5-yard run on the Mustangs' second play on the second possession of the second overtime to thwart their cross-Jones County rivals.

Oliver finished with 192 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries against the Tigers, who were playing their first game of the season after an opening-week bye.

"It was one of those games that could have gone either way and we were fortunate," West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. "We made the last play of the game.

"I don't know if it builds character or anything like that, but what I did like was that both teams, us and Northeast Jones, continued to play with everything they had, and when the game was over, it was over. It wasn't one of those things where either side left anything in the tank."

Quarterback Hunter Parrish threw a touchdown pass to Garrett Randolph as the teams ended the first quarter tied 7-7. The first of Oliver's scoring runs came in a third quarter that ended with the teams still knotted up at 14-14.

Both scored on fourth-down plays in the first overtime, and after West Jones stopped Northeast on the first possession of the second overtime, Oliver ran for 5 yards on consecutive carries to end the game.

The Mustangs (2-0) travel to Quitman High School (0-2) Friday, while Northeast Jones (0-1) is at Bay Springs High School (2-0) Friday.

Seminary 24, Purvis 10

After watching a passing game turn the ball over twice to trail to trail Purvis High School at halftime, Seminary High School coach Brian Rials decided to take another tack.

"After we threw two picks in the first half, I said, 'We've got to run the ball a little more," Rials said. "We trailed at half, but we came out in the second half and played a lot better, got some points on the board."

More than enough points as it turned out, as the Bulldogs outscored the Tornadoes to take a 24-10 victory.

Senior Felix McCullum finished with 81 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown run, to help Seminary overcome a 7-3 halftime deficit.

"We did a few different things in practice to try and get (McCullum) the ball a little more, and we did," Rials said. "Wendell (Crosby) still ran the ball well, too."

Overall, the Bulldogs rushed for more than 240 yards on the night.

Purvis scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Bolar in the first quarter and a 24-yard field goal by Steven Anderson.

Seminary (1-1) will visit North Forrest High School (0-1) Friday, while Purvis (0-2) will host Bassfield High School (2-0).

Presbyterian Christian 39, Perry Central 14

Isaiah Woullard rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries as the Bobcats opened the season with their second consecutive victory over a public high school.

PCS had defeated West Marion in its season opener.

Rush Stewart and Luke Hudson also scored on the ground, and Brandon Thornton and Beau Azar each caught scoring passes for the Bobcats.

Perry Central got a 3-yard touchdown run from Chris Sumrall and a 2-yard scoring run from George Bolton.

PCS (2-0) will host Parklane Academy (2-0) Friday, while Perry Central (1-1) will host Richton (0-2).

Lumberton 48, North Forrest 42

The Panthers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to win the shootout over the Eagles.

"I thought our conditioning really paid off there in the fourth quarter," Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. "We were down 42-34 in the third quarter and had a chance to hang our heads a little bit, but our kids, they dug deep and found what it took to come back."

Lumberton running back Dre Coleman rushed for 225 and three touchdowns on 27 carries, while Rodriqus Coleman added 121 yards on 21 carries.

Quarterback Jared Tribett completed 8 of 19 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Ahmad Dalton, Donnell Buckner and Rodriqus Coleman each caught a scoring pass.

All told, Lumberton collected 558 yards total offense, including 400 yards rushing.

North Forrest's Christian Williamson scored four times, including an 80-yard kickoff return. He rushed for 36 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.

Quarterback Daylyn Croom completed 12 of 24 for 228 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

Armonte Barnes caught four passes for 60 yards and a score, while Eric Robinson had a 58-yard touchdown run.

Lumberton (1-1) will host Poplarville High School (1-1) Friday, while North Forrest (0-1) will host Seminary High School (1-1) Friday.

Gulfport 15, Petal 12

A late fumble ruined a Panthers scoring opportunity and the Admirals marched 72 yards afterwards for the game-winning points.

Gulfport then held off a furious, late-minute drive by Petal to secure the victory.

Petal quarterback Tanner Estill scored on a 7-yard run and threw a 13-yard touchdown to Natorian Watts.

Petal (1-1) will host George County High School (2-0) Friday.