Oak Grove defeats Hattiesburg 48-41

Oak Grove defeats Hattiesburg 48-41

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Oak Grove had scored 20 unanswered points against Hattiesburg before letting the Tigers back in the game. Hattiesburg scored two 14 points in less than a minute and the Warriors lead quickly diminished to 20-14.

Then, Oak Grove sophomore quarterback John Rhys Plumlee broke into open field, hurdled a Hattiesburg defender and sprinted 36 yards to the end zone to extend the Warriors lead to 27-14 going into halftime.

Plumlee would not return in the second half after suffering a concussion but his impression was made on the game. Behind junior Tanner Slay, Oak Grove beat Hattiesburg High for the fourth straight season 48-41.

The Warriors were able to jump out to an early, three score lead thanks to rushing touchdowns by Plumlee, junior Orlando Simmon and senior Dwayne Lee. Simmon's run went 65 yards.

Hattiesburg got back in the game after Jordan Murphy hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tigers' quarterback Julian Conner.

The very next play from scrimmage, Hattiesburg's Chandler Phillips would scoop up a fumble off of an Oak Grove backward lateral and take it the house to cut the Warriors' lead to 20-14.

Hattiesburg would eventually tie the game 41-41 with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

But a one-yard touchdown run by Braxton Betts with less than 30 seconds to play sealed the fourth straight win for Oak Grove over Hattiesburg.

Oak Grove (2-3) hosts Forest Hill next week while Hattiesburg (3-2) travels to West Harrison.