PINE BELT (WDAM) - Picayune 56, Hattiesburg 48
After falling behind by three touchdowns in the second quarter, Hattiesburg High School wound up taking Picayune High School down to the wire Friday night.
But two Hail Mary passes fell incomplete in the end zone, as the Tigers wound up on the short end of a 56-48 decision to the unbeaten Maroon Tide.
"That's the one thing that I tell anybody who'll listen about our football team," Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. "Our guys don't have any quit in them. They fought to the very end, and they've done it time and time again. That's just the kind of guys we have on this football team.
"They're winners. They'll be winners in life. They don't quit. They don't give up. They're going to play to the last possible second."
The two teams combined for 1,089 yards total offense in the Region 4-5A shootout.
Hattiesburg quarterback Julian Conner threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth, while Picayune running back Josh Littles rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries
But two early fumbles put the Tigers (5-3, 2-1) in a 14-0 hole, and a third led to another score than left Hattiesburg trailing 28-7 in the second quarter.
"The first possession was a bad snap, and the second was just a simple exchange between the quarterback and running back, something I promise you we do about 200 times during the week in practice," Vance said. "But threw it all, we overcame adversity and fought back."
Conner threw three touchdown passes to Jordan Murphy, who hauled in 10 catches for 203 yards. D'Andre Humbles, who caught two scores, had six catches for 121 yards on six catches.
Running back Fabian Franklin accounted for 204 total yards and a score, including 161 yards rushing on 20 carries. Conner added 33 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
All told, Hattiesburg piled up 577 yards total offense.
But Picayune (7-0, 3-0) ran the football 72 times for 512 yards. David Baker added 83 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, while Brian Taylor had 27 yards on three carries and a score.
Quarterback Tyler Penton, who completed 1 of 3 passes for 10 yards, also had a touchdown run.
Hattiesburg will host Pascagoula (4-3, 3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers defeated West Harrison 39-7 Friday.
"We hope we have a great crowd," Vance said. "I think people who come out and watch us play definitely get their money's worth."
Presbyterian Christian 56, Lamar School 38
Isaiah Woullard rushed for 219 yards and five touchdowns as the Bobcats set up a Friday night showdown between private-school unbeatens.
PCS (8-0) will visit Jackson Prep (8-0) in Jackson at 7 p.m. Friday.
"It's a big deal for us, the first time we've ever been on a stage like this," PCS coach Joey Hawkins said. "We want to go up there and establish we're going to play 48 minutes of football. No matter what comes our way, we're going to play 48 minutes wide open, and we're going to have fun.
"I mean, who ever dreamed that we'd be 8-0 against a Prep 8-0?"
The Bobcats started slow against Lamar (6-3), trailing 7-0 and 16-9 before claiming a 28-16 halftime lead. PCS put the game away by outscoring Lamar 21-0 in the third quarter before substituting liberally in the final period.
Quarterback Luke Hudson completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, throwing one apiece to Harper Evans and Brandon Thornton.
Sacred Heart 27, Salem 19
Campbell Klein rushed for 125 yards and the Crusaders shut out the Wildcats in the second half to snap a two-game losing streak.
Gary Heathcock threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Paul Rowell Jr,, Payton Ware kicked the second of his two field goals and Cooper Charles recovered a fumble in the end zone as Sacred Heart (4-3, 2-2 Region 4-1A) outscored Salem (1-6, 1-3) in the third quarter.
"We were behind at the end of the first half, and we just didn't hang our heads and give up," Sacred Heart coach Lonny Schraeder said. "Maybe in the past, we might have said, 'Well, that's it,' but they just kept battling all night long."
Will Agnew added 64 yards on 11 carries, while Heathcock had 34 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Crusaders ran for 220 yards.
Ware kicked field goals of 25 yards and 22 yards.
Sacred Heart will visit Resurrection Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday in Pascagoula.
Laurel 61, Jackson Wingfield 14
Nine different players scored for Laurel High School Friday night, including one touchdown that will go down in history.
Kendall Breland, a senior defensive lineman who has played the past three years, scored on a 1-yard run in the Golden Tornadoes' 61-14 Region 3-5A victory over Jackson Wingfield High School.
Breland is believed to be the first female to score a touchdown in a Mississippi high school varsity football game.
Laurel coach Todd Breland said he had heard that the Mississippi High School Activities Association was going to check their records, but that from all he has heard, Breland would be the first with a touchdown.
"They're going to check into Monday, to try and verify it, but I'm not sure that's a statistic that's really recorded. "I didn't realize the magnitude of it until I started seeing the reaction of it on social media, and it's all been positive.
"It was a very special moment, a proud moment for Laurel football, and especially for her."
Breland said the play was something the Tornadoes had worked on all week.
"It wasn't a gimmick, it was a football play," Breland said. "But when we put her in, the other kids who were on the field with her, you could have put the Green Bay Packers on the other side and they wouldn't have stopped her from getting into the end zone.
"They were determined that she was going to get in, and her teammates did a great job of creating that. They created such a hole, I could have scored."
Quarterback Tyquan Ulmer completed 10 of 13 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns before giving way to Sinclair Ulmer, who completed all five of his passes for 121 yards and another score.
Michael Terrell ran for 44 yards and a touchdown on four carries, Melyjhah Windham had 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Breland added the third rushing score of the evening for Laurel (6-1, 3-0).
Je'Vah Jones (111 yards, four catches), Kobie Ulmer (56 yards, two catches), Dontario Drummond (51 yards, two catches), Jontarious Henderson (36 yards, two catches) and Kolby Smith each caught a touchdown.
The Golden Tornadoes also scored on an interception return. It was the 10th interception of the season y the Laurel defense.
Laurel will visit Brookhaven High School (5-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers e Jackson Provine 13-0 Friday night.
South Jones 40, Natchez 19
Will Mitchell threw for 160 yards and four touchdowns, including three scoring passes to Brandon Gordon, as the Braves bounced back from their first loss of the season.
Xavier Roberts scored on a touchdown run and a touchdown reception as South Jones (7-1, 2-1 Region 3-5A) pulled away from a `13-12 halftime lead.
"We scored right before halftime, it was a real close game in the first half," South Jones coach Cory Reynolds said. "In the second half, we capitalized on some turnovers and kind of put it out of reach."
The Braves will travel to Jackson Wingfield High School (4-3, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Seminary 34, West Marion 26
Seminary unleashed a three-headed monster of a ground game Friday night, while West Marion had to rely on the arm of its quarterback.
In the end, the Bulldogs' bite proved decisive.
Wendell Crosby ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, Felix McCullum rushed for 133 yards and a score on 26 carries and Tyreon Morgan had 128 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as Seminary (6-2, 2-0 Region 8-3A) pulled away in the second half.
Adrian Miller threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, but the Trojans' ground game netted just 18 yards as West Marion lost for the first time since August.
"They are a very physical team, and we knew that could give us problems," West Marion coach Brad Duncan said. "They beat us the second half. We were okay the first half, and they just kept pounding us and pounding us."
The Trojans (6-2, 1-1) led 20-13 at halftime and still led 26-20 heading into the fourth quarter. But Seminary blanked West Marion 14-0 in the final period.
Miller had just 18 yards rushing, but ran for a score. Damien Johnson had six catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Nolan Miller had 42 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Stacy Brown snagged a 2-point conversion pass for the Trojans.
West Marion will host Collins High School (1-8, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers lost 46-12 to Tylertown High School Friday night.
Seminary will host Perry Central High School (5-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Perry Central defeated St. Patrick High School 53-0 Friday night.
Lumberton 46, Leake County 20
Dre Coleman ran for 117 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown Fridaynight as the Panthers won their fourth, consecutive game.
Quarterback Jared Tribett completed 6 of 7 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns..
Donnell Buckner had two catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, while Erron Joseph had two catches for 41 yards and a score.
Davion Edwards rushed four times for 33 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, while Krishaun Fairley had 40 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
Lumberton (5-2, 2-0 Region 4-1A) will host Bogue Chitto High School (0-7, 0-3) in a regional game at 7 p.m.Friday. The Bobcats lost to Mount Olive High School 40-6 Friday night.
Wayne County 31, West Jones 19
Quarterback Zabryon Johnson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third Friday night as the War Eagles won their third, consecutive game.
Johnson completed 13 of 24 passes for 175 yards with an interception, while rushing for a game-high 87 yards on 15 carries.
West Jones receiver Garrick Randolph had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, but the (3-4, 0-3 Region 3-5A) couldn't catch the War Eagles (3-4, 3-0)in the second half.
The teams were tied 3-3 after one quarter before Wayne County took a 10-5 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, Wayne County outscored West Jones 2-14 in the final quarter.
Chris Cooley rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown for the War Eagles, while Will Mangum hauled in four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. Kendrick Fuqua added a 42-yard touchdown catch.
John Oliver ran for 52 yards and a score on seven carries for the Mustangs, while Austin Land added 44 yards on six carries. Quarterback Hunter Parrish completed 12 of 35 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
West Jones will host Jackson Provine High School (5-3, 3-1) in a Region 3-5A matchup at 7 p.m. Friday. The Rams dropped their first region game of the season Friday, losing 13-0 to Brookhaven High School.
Wayne County will visit Natchez (1-6, 0-3) in Region3-5A play at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs lost 40-19 to South Jones Friday night.
Poplarville 34, Forrest County AHS 7
Jesse Pernell ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the Hornets remained unbeaten in Region 7-4A play.
Poplarville (5-1, 2-0) led just 14-7 at halftime, but shut out the Aggies (2-5, 1-1) in the second half.
Austin Bolton rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries for the Hornets, while Tyson Holston added 32 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and Peytan Graham scored on an 8-yard run.
FCAHS quarterback Evan Clark completed 6 of 17 passes for 128 yards, including a touchdown to Kijana Breeland in the second quarter.
Breeland had four catches for 109 yards.
The Aggies will host Greene County (2-5, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats lost 36-21 to Purvis Friday night.
The Hornets will host Sumrall (5-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bobcats defeated Columbia 35-28 Friday night.
Columbia Academy 20, Simpson Academy 6
Wiley Cleland threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns and added 109 yards rushing on 18 carries to propel Columbia Academy Friday night.
Luke McKenzie had eight catches for 70 yards, while Aaron Thomas grabbed five passes for 59 yards.
The Cougars (6-2) will visit Bowling Green Academy in Franklinton, La., at 7 p.m. Friday. The Buccaneers (3-4) lost to Silliman Institute 19-18 Friday night.