Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt

Friday Night Lights in the Pine Belt
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PINE BELT (WDAM) - Lumberton 46, Sacred Heart 15

Dre and Rodriqus Coleman powered a Lumberton High School running game that amassed 322 yards and three touchdowns, as the Panthers ran away from Sacred Heart High School 46-15 Friday night.

Lumberton (3-2, 1-0 Region 4-1A) also got two touchdown passes from quarterback Jarred Tribett, who completed 7 of 12 passes for 137 yards.

The Panthers defense dominated, limiting the Crusaders (3-2, 1-1) to 167 yards total offense.

"I thought we came out and played the best two quarters of defense, there in the first half that we have played all year. We stopped the run, got a lot of pressure on their quarterback, and that was big for us.

"That was our first (region) game, so it was big to get off on right foot."

Dre Coleman ran for 169 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Rodriqus Coleman had 105 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Davion Edwards added 45 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

"We were able to move the football pretty good there in the first half," Jones said. "Then we came out in the second half, and moved the football good, but then we kind of had a letdown and relaxed, which is something that we have to fix.

"We have to learn how to play four quarters."

Tribett's TDs went to Erron Joseph (three catches, 66 yards) and Donnell Buckner (four catches, 71 yards).

Paul Rowell Jr. and William Agnew each threw a scoring pass for the Crusaders, who came off a bye week to see a three-game winning streak snapped.

Rowell, who led Sacred Heart with 42 yards rushing on six carries, completed 6 of 16 passes for 89 yards. Agnew was 2 of 3 for 25 yards.

Gary Heathcock had three catches for 63 yards and a touchdown, while Owen Weatherall had three catches for 20 yards and a score.

Lumberton will continue region play at Salem (1-4, 1-1), which picked up its first win of the year with a 32-6 victory Friday over Bogue Chitto. Sacred Heart will visit Stringer (4-2, 2-0) in another Region 4-1A contest.

Hattiesburg 55, West Harrison 14

Two Tigers ran for more than 160 yards and Julain Conner threw for three touchdowns as Hattiesburg opened region play Friday with a bang.

Fabian Franklin ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, while Jarrod Conner ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to power a Hattiesburg ground game that churned the Hurricanes' defense for 379 yards rushing.

Conner, who completed 8 of 13 passes for 178 yards, threw two scoring passes to Jordan Murphy, who also ran 35 yards for another touchdown. Raheem Wallace also scored on his lone rush of the game, a 34-yard touchdown.

D'Andre Humbles caught two passes for 59 yards and a score, while Shakeenen West grabbed three passes for 56 yards.

"We came out and took care of the football, which is important because that's going to give you a chance to win," Hattiesburg High School coach Tony Vance said. "I told the team (Friday) night that this was the biggest game they would play all year and the most important game that they would play this year because it was the first (region) game that they would play."

The Tigers (3-2, 1-0 Region 3-5A) will host Long Beach High School (2-4, 2-3) Friday in a regional contest. The Bearcats dropped a 30-14 regional decision to Pascagoula this week.

West Harrison (1-4, 0-1) visits Picayune (5-0, 1-0), which pounded Gautier 62-38 Friday.

Columbia Academy 47, Brookhaven Academy 6

Wiley Cleland threw four of his team's five touchdown passes Friday night, as Columbia Academy won its fifth consecutive game.

Overall, Columbia's passing game completed 10 of 12 attempts. Cleland went 9 of 11 for 147 yards and his four scores, while Luke McKenzie was 1 of 1 for 18 yards and a touchdown.

McKenzie also caught five passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Thomas and Riles Stewart added a touchdown catch apiece, while Ras Pace and Drew Havard each scored in a rushing touchown.

Harrison Hartzog intercepted a pass to help harass and handcuff the Brookhaven offense.

Columbia (5-1, 1-0 District 4-AAA) will visit Friday Adams County Christian Academy (3-2, 1-0).

Oak Grove 41, Forest Hill 22

Oak Grove High School found itself riding a football roller coaster during a tough, non-region schedule to open the season.

But for the past two weeks, the Warriors have been on an upswing.

Three quarterbacks combined to throw four touchdown passes and Kevin Barnett hauled in five passes for 173 yards and a score as Oak Grove opened Region 3-6A with a 41-22 victory over visiting Forest Hill.

The Warriors (3-3, 1-0) won their second consecutive game as Tanner Slay completed 8 of 15 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score.

Max Crawford and Payton Harris also threw for a touchdown apiece.

"For the most part, we played pretty good," Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. "Starting 1-0 (in the region), that was our goal."

Charles Hartfield, who also completed a pass for 41 yards, caught six passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while Deltarus Thompson hauled in a 25-yard TD catch.

Orlando Simon led the Oak Grove ground game with 64 yards on six carries.

The Warriors will head across the county line Friday to take on archrival Petal (3-2, 1-0). Petal opened region play with a 28-14 victory at Pearl.

"It's a big game," Causey said, "and always fun."

Laurel 42, West Jones 17

Tyquan Ulmer threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as the Golden Tornadoes ran away from the Mustangs in the second half.

Laurel led 21-17 at halftime before shutting down West Jones in the second half of the Region 3-5A opener for both teams.

Ulmer completed 16 of 21 passes for 329 yards and five scores, while rushing 93 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries.

Je'vah Jones had four catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Tornadoes, while Dontario Drummond had five catches for 87 yards and a score. Kobie Ulmer turned his one reception into a 41-yard touchdown.

West Jones running back John Oliver rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Hunter Parrish completed 7 of 15 passes for 91 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown toss to Devrion Hatten.

Brandon Jones added five catches for 43 yards for the Mustangs.

Laurel (4-1, 1-0) will visit Natchez (1-4, 1-0) Friday. The Bulldogs dropped a 23-12 decision at Jackson Provine Friday night.

West Jones (3-2, 0-1) will host South Jones (5-1, 0-1) Friday. The Braves lost 40-24 at Brookhaven Friday.

Brookhaven 40, South Jones 24

The Braves saw their five-game winning streak to open come to an end in the Region 5-3A opener.

"We didn't play as well as we could have, but they had something to do with that," South Jones coach Cory Reynolds said. "That's a really, really good team.

"Some games, you go back and look and see how many times you messed up and cost yourself a game, but we didn't beat us. They beat us. They had a lot to do with the score. They have a really good team and they're going to beat some folks in 5-A this year."

The Braves (5-1, 0-1) visit West Jones (3-2, 0-1) Friday in region play.

Newton 34, Sumrall 27

Rhett Harvey threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats saw a four-game winning streak snapped.

Harvey completed 23 of 38 passes for 279 yards and ran for 73 and another score on 18 carries.

Dannis Jackson caught 11 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while Billy Garrity caught four passes for 92 yards and a score.

Sumrall (4-2) will open Region 7-4A play Friday, hosting Purvis (3-2). The Tornadoes defeated East Central 34-27 Friday.

Perry Central 48, Mize 27

Mckail Sumrall rushed for 208 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion on just six carries as the Bulldogs wrapped up non-region play.

Perry Central , which led 48-6 at halftime, got touchdown runs of 20 yards and 8 yards from Chris Sumrall and scoring runs of 48 yards and 46 yards from George Bolton.

Quincy Scott also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs (4-2) open 8-3A play Friday, hosting Tylertown  (5-0). The Chiefs defeated Franklin County 20-9 Friday.

West Marion 40, Prentiss 14

The Trojans broke open a tight game in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 24-0.

West Marion won its fifth consecutive game as Adrian Miller completed 24 of 38 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

Damien Johnson caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Cyrus Thompson had five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown and Nolan Miller grabbed three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Charles Lewis rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

West Marion (5-1) will open play in Region 8-3A Friday, hosting St. Patrick (0-6). The Fighting Irish dropped a 24-0 decision Friday at St. Andrew's Episcopal.