ROUNDUP: Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt

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

PINE BELT (WDAM) - South Jones 31, West Harrison 0

John Mitchell threw two touchdowns to Brandon Gordon in the first quarter and South Jones High School was off and running to a 31-0 win Friday over West Harrison High School.

The Braves improved to 5-0.

"I don't know the last time we've been that," South Jones coach Cory Reynolds said, "but the kids, they're buying into what we're preaching.

"Somebody asked, 'Well, what are you doing different?' and the biggest thing is executing. We're calling the same offensive plays, the same defensive plays, as we did when my first year when we were 1-10. The biggest thing is the kids are executing and believing in it."

Ryne Sasser added a field goal in the first quarter for a 17-0 lead, and Xavier Roberts scored on a 7-yard run to put the Braves up 24-0 in the second quarter.

After John Mitchell was injured, his brother, Will, came in and threw a third scoring pass to Gordon to put South Jones ahead 31-0 at halftime.

South Jones hosts Brookhaven (3-1) Friday to open Region 3-5A play.

Sumrall 47, Richton 29

Rhett Harvey threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns as the Bobcats overcame a slow start to pull away from the Rebels.

All the scoring passes went to Dannis Jackson, whose four catches went for 160 yards.

The Bobcats, who won their fourth, consecutive game, led 21-13 at the half before opening up a 34-21 gap after three quarters.

"They came out ready to play, and we didn't," Sumrall coach Shannon White said. "Consequently, we had our hands full.

"The second half, we kind of got going offensively. But we just didn't have a very good week, and it showed."

Sumrall (4-1) travels to Newton (3-2) Friday, while Richton (0-5) hosts Clarkdale (2-3) Friday.

Perry Central 32, North Forrest 14

George Bolton scored on a pair of short, touchdown runs and Chris Sumrall and Derrick Hartfield ran for a score apiece to pace the Bulldogs Friday against the Eagles.

Bolton, who rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries, scored on 1-yard and 2-yard runs. Sumrall, who ran for 83 yards on eight carries, scored on an 8-yard run while Hartfield added an 11-yard touchdown run.

McKail Sumrall scored on a 49-yard pass from Tijuane Bolton.

Perry Central (3-2) will visit Mize (1-4) Friday, while North Forrest (0-4) heads to Heidelberg (3-2) Friday.

West Marion 32, Forrest County AHS 14

The Trojans jumped out to an 18-0 halftime lead and never were headed as they won their fourth consecutive game.

"We're not world-beaters, but we're getting better," West Marion coach Brad Duncan said. "But I'm proud to get those 'Ws.' I learned a long time ago, you better appreciate those things."

Adrian Miller threw four touchdowns passes to Damien Johnson, who had 12 catches for 165 yards to build a 30-0 lead in the third quarter.

West Marion (4-1) hosts Prentiss Friday while FCAHS (1-4) is off Friday before returning to host Columbia.

Columbia Academy 51, Sylva Bay Academy 12

Lightning may have delayed the start of the game, but the Cougars came roaring out of the gate to win for the fourth time in five games.

Columbia Academy led 21-0 in the first quarter and led by 30 at halftime.

"The guys came and they were ready to go," Columbia Academy coach Randy Butler said. "We got up early. The offense went right down and scored a couple of times.

"We kept our foot on the pedal pretty good and were able to get some young guys in there by the middle of the third quarter."

Columbia Academy (4-1) hosts Brookhaven Academy (0-5) Friday.