ROUNDUP: Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt

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

PINE BELT (WDAM) - South Jones 13, Northeast Jones 9

Vakelion Campbell scored off a fake field goal in the first half and Xavier Roberts bolted 22 yards for a touchdown in the second as South Jones High remained undefeated with a 13-9 victory Friday over Northeast Jones.

"It was a hard-fought game that the last year or the year before we wouldn't have won," South Jones coach Cory Reynolds said. "They wouldn't have pulled through that.

"They're doing the little things that we're asking them to do and it was fun to see them fight and battle for four quarters."

Northeast Jones took an early 3-0 lead, but Campbell scored right before the half on the fake field goal to put the Braves up 7-3 at the break.

The Tigers closed to 7-6 in the third quarter and a 9-7 lead in the fourth on two more field goals before Roberts ripped off his scoring run.

Steven Sasser sealed the win with an interception on the last play of the game after the Tigers had driven into scoring range.

"Defense has been stepping up real good and our punter (Will Mitchell) pinned them deep three or four times and had a heckuva game," Reynolds said.

The Braves (4-0) will host West Harrison High School (1-2) Friday for homecoming, while Northeast Jones (1-2) hosts Heidleberg High School (3-1).

West Marion 38, Columbia 21

Adrian Miller had a hand in six touchdowns for a second, consecutive week, while Charles Lewis rolled up 206 total yards as the Trojans (3-1) became the first team to win the Marion County Championship Trophy for a third consecutive season.

"The county championship is big to us," West Marion coach Jordan Duncan said. "They started doing this thing in 1999, and with all the good football teams that had been at East, West and Columbia, nobody had won it three years in a row, and for us to do that, it's very special."

Miller, who has accounted for 17 touchdowns in West Marion's last three games, completed 10 of 16 passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for two more.

Lewis ran for 196 yards on 28 carries and caught two passes for 10 more yards. Damien Johnson hauled in four passes for 91 yards.

West Marion (3-1), which won its third, consecutive game,  visits Forrest County Agricultural High School (1-3) Friday, while Columbia (1-2) hosts North Pike High School (1-3) Friday.

Forrest County AHS 20, North Forrest 19

Cornelius Smith scored on a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Seth Rugg's extra point proved to be the difference as the Aggies picked up their first win of the season in a see-saw game between the county rivals Friday in Eatonville.

Smith finished with 108 yards rushing on 10 carries and caught two passes for 40 yards.

FCAHS grabbed a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard, halfback option pass from Toriano Moye to Kijana Breeland. With the catch, Breeland has caught at least one touchdown in each of the Aggies' four games.

But on FCAHS' ensuing kickoff, Christian Williams sped 80 yards to tie the game 7-7, and the Eagles took the lead 13-7 on an 87-yard pass from Daylan Croom to Williams.

FCAHS tied the scored 13-13 in the second quarter on Roy'Quez McNair's 27-yard pass to Kyron Norwood, but the Eagles went back up 19-13 in the fourth quarter on a 90-yard interception return by Taylor Bailey.

But the Aggies responded on Smith's run and Rugg's kick, and then held off the Eagles at the end.

Kelby Gaddis had 83 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Aggies.

FCAHS (1-3) hosts West Marion (3-1) Friday for homecoming, while North Forrest (0-3) visits Perry Central Friday.

Sumrall 44, Choctaw Central 20

Rhett Harvey threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns, while Tyreke Preston ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries as the Bobcats won their third in a row.

"We've made some improvements, that's for sure," Sumrall coach Shannon White said, "and we need to. We've got a real difficult (region), and we need to take it to a certain level to compete.

"But they've put the work in, and we're seeing better results.

In what White called "his best game of the year," Harvey completed 27 of 33 passes with an interception against the visiting Warriors (0-4).

The Bobcats' defense also came up big, with eight-grade defensive lineman Cole Daniels collecting nine tackles, including two for loss, and defensive back Keedrick Jordan intercepting a pair of passes.

Sumrall (3-1) hosts Richton (0-4) Friday.

Magee 36, West Jones 35

John Oliver rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, but a late comeback fell a point shy as the Mustangs dropped their first game of the season.

"That was a tough one," West Jones coach Scott Pierson said.

Hunter Parrish completed 7 of 18 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Garrick Randoph had two catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard score.

West Jones led 14-0 after one quarter, and was up 29-14 in the second when Magee scored on a Hail Mary pass and 2-point conversion on the final play of the first half to pull within 29-22 at halftime.

The Mustangs still led 29-28 after three quarters, but the Trojans (3-1) scored and added another 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter to take a 36-29 lead.

Oliver scored with about two minutes to play, but Magee blocked the extra point to hold onto the lead.

West Jones has an open week before visiting Laurel (3-1) on Sept. 23.

Sacred Heart 35, Mount Olive 14

Zach Weatherell threw three touchdowns and Campbell Klein ran for two more scores as the Crusaders won their third, consecutive game.

Paul Rowell Jr. caught a pair of scoring passes, while Joseph Bishop also caught a touchdown.

Hudson Garner led the defense with 15 tackles.

Sacred Heart (3-1) is open Friday, visiting Lumberton on Sept. 23.

PCS 23, Jackson Academy 19

The most telling moment in a game filled with them resulted in nothing more than a first down in Presbyterian Christian High School's 23-19 victory Friday night at Jackson Academy.

But the successful conversion of a fourth down with about 2 ½ yards to go late in the fourth quarter may have very well clinched the win for the Bobcats.

After blocking a JA field goal, PCS had driven to near its own 40-yard line, where Coach Joey Hawkins had a decision to make.

"We went for it," Hawkins said. "There was about two minutes to play, and they had all their time outs, and I just felt like at that point in the game, we had to."

PCS made the first down by a half-yard, Hawkins said.

"After that, we were able to work it downfield and made them use their timeouts," Hawkins said. "We punted back to them with about 50 seconds and were able to hold on."

Running back Isaiah Woullard ran for 200 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries and running back/linebacker Rush Stewart ran for 77 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats improved to 4-0, the best start in Hawkins' eight years at the school.

Stewart, who also caught a touchdown pass, led the Bobcats with 10 tackles.

Hawkins, who had spent 16 seasons at Jackson Academy, said the game ranked high on his list of Friday nights.

"In my 36 years, this was one of the top 10 games I've ever coached in," Hawkins said. "Everything was pressurized, the whole game, the atmosphere. It was good for our kids to see that and play in a game like that."

PCS host Silliman Institute (0-2) Friday.

D'Iberville 51, Oak Grove 44

Dwayne Lee piled up 171 yards and scored three times in a furious second-half rally that saw the Warriors fall just short.

In his first start at quarterback, sophomore John Rhys Plumlee completed 22 of 28 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, helping Oak Grove to its highest point total of the season.

Lee had eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while Charles Hartfield returned from injury to grab seven balls for 106 yards.

Aaron Abram rushed for 102 yards and touchdown on 17 carries, while Lee had 63 yards and a score on five carries. Plumlee ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Warriors (1-3) host Hattiesburg High School (3-1) Friday.

Lumberton 44, Enterprise 38

Jared Tribbet threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' victory Friday.

Tribbet, who completed seven of 13 passes, also ran for a score.

Dre Coleman led Lumberton's ground game with 139 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while Rodriqus Coleman added 68 yards and a score on 14 carries.

Donnell Buckner caught three passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns, while Erron Joseph had two catches for 56 yards and a score.

The Panthers (2-2) host Sacred Heart High School (3-1) Friday.