PINE BELT (WDAM) - PCS 49, East Rankin Academy 10
Ten down, one to go.
Presbyterian Christian School moved one step closer to wrapping up the first, perfect regular-season in school history with a 49-10 victory Friday over East Rankin Academy.
Running back Isaiah Woullard rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries as PCS (10-0) led 27-7 after one quarter and 42-10 at the half.
"It's been a magical season, and we're just so proud of our kids," PCS coach Joey Hawkins said. "Whether it's a big-time game or one where they should win, they just take the challenge and come on.
"This team just has gotten better. We get better every day. Couldn't be more proud of them."
The Bobcats will try to pocket an unbeaten regular season when they visit Copiah Academy (9-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Gallman.
"Best team they've had in 20 years," Hawkins said. "They've got some players. They've got a great team."
PCS has its share of players as well. In addition to Woullard, Sheldon James rushed three times for 50 yards and a touchdown against East Rankin (2-7),
Quarterback Luke Hudson threw only five times, but completed three, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Beau Azar.
Nose guard Harrison St. John rounded out the scoring, returning a fumble for a touchdown.
Hattiesburg 40, Gautier 7
The Tigers ran out to a 19-0 lead and went up 33-7 at halftime Friday night on their way to a second, consecutive Region 4-5A victory after a loss to Picayune two weeks ago.
"After that loss, I couldn't be more proud of these kids and the effort they've given," Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. "We got another win, and that's all that matters this time of the year."
Quarterback Julian Conner completed 17 pf 21 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns with an interception for the Tigers (7-3, 4-1). He also gained 29 yards on four carries and scored a touchdown.
Receiver D'Andre Humbles, who caught seven passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns, completed 1 of 2 pass attempts, including a 29-yard scoring pass to Darius Ruffin.
Receiver Jordan Murphy had four catches for 79 yards against the Gators (3-6, 2-3), while Drexlan Allen led the ground game with 42 yards on seven carries.
"The second half, it was a running clock, so it goes by pretty quick," Vance said. "But, we were definitely happy with the way we played the first half.
"We got out to a fast start, which is what we want to do."
Hattiesburg will visit Pearl River Central High (4-5, 2-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in Carriere.
Lumberton 54, Mount Olive 6
Dre Coleman rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Panthers rolled past the Pirates Friday night to set up the game of the season in Region 4-1A.
Lumberton (7-2, 4-0) will travel to Pascagoula at 7 p.m. Friday to take on Resurrection Catholic High School (8-1, 4-0).
The Eagles defeated Bogue Chitto 56-14 Friday night.
"We're gonna get our oil checked a little bit the next couple weeks," Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. "We're going to see what we're made of."
The Panthers wrap up the regular season at Stringer on Nov. 4.
"We're in the playoffs and now we're playing for seeding," Jones said.
In their final home game of the season, the Panthers got a stout defensive effort, coming away with four turnovers, three that set up short fields of for their offense.
The fourth went for a touchdown, when Jaden Galloway returned one of three Mount Olive interceptions for a score.
Quarterback Jared Triblett completed 4 of 9 passes against the Pirates (3-6, 1-4) for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Donnell Buckner caught a 31-yard pass for a score, and running back Rodriqus Coleman had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Rodriqus Coleman also had 52 yards rushing and a touchdown on seven carries, while Dre Coleman added a pair of 2-point conversion runs.
Galloway also scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, while Davion Edwards ran for 81 yards on nine carries and ran in a 2-point conversion.
C.K. Bowens and Edwards each had interceptions for the Panthers, while Rodriqus recovered a fumble.
"That was probably our best defensive football game yet, so that was a good sign," Jones said. "Hopefully, we're playing our best football at the end of the year, which is when you want to be it, so we're going to take it as a good sign, anyway."
West Marion 48, Perry Central 14
Adrian Miller accounted for three touchdowns and West Marion High School got two scores from its defense as the Trojans defeated Perry Central High School 48-14 Friday night.
The win sets up a Region 8-3A showdown between West Marion (8-2, 3-1) and Tylertown (9-0, 4-0), with the winner likely heading into the playoffs atop the region.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Foxworth.
"Tylertown is in first place, and right now, Seminary is in second," West Marion coach Brad Duncan said. "But if we can beat Tylertown by 10 (points) or more, then we're in first place.
"If we beat Tylertown by less than that, we'll be in second place, and if we lose to Tylertown we'll be in third place."
Miller, who has accounted for 41 touchdowns this season (31 passing, 10 rushing), completed 21 of 31 passes against Perry Central (5-5, 1-3) for 250 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Miller also ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
The Trojans led 20-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but a fumble return for a touchdown by Braxton Smith and an interception return for a score by Dontavious McGowan helped West Marion outscore the Bulldogs 28-7 down the stretch.
Damien Johnson caught 12 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Charles Lewis led the Trojans' ground game with 94 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Collins 38, St. Patrick 7
Markel McLaurin threw four touchdown passes Friday night, including three to Dedaviyon Magee, as the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak.
Collins (2-9, 1-3 Region 8-3A), which has played only five upperclassmen this season after seeing 25 seniors depart from 2015's Class 3A state championship team, will visit Perry Central High School (5-5, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The winner secures the region's fourth and final playoff spot.
"The kids have just been trying to hang in there, and trying to fight every week and try and get good at something," first-year Collins coach Eric Booth said. "Win Friday night, and we make the playoffs."
The Tigers broke out to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter against St. Patrick (0-10, 0-4), and then sealed the win by outscoring the Fighting Irish 19-7 in the final quarter.
Sacred Heart 56, Richton 14
Campbell Klein and Will Agnew spearheaded a Crusaders ground game that piled up 389 yards rushing as Sacred Heart scored a season high in points.
Klein ran for 217 yards on 27 carries, while Agnew rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries against the Rebels (1-9, 0-3 Region 4-1A).
Agnew also caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Gary Heathcock completed 12 of 19 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Heathcock also ran for 22 yards and a score on six carries.
Joseph Bishop caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson Allen had four catches for 37 yards and a score.
The Crusaders (5-4, 2-3) forced five turnovers, including interceptions by Allen and Owen Weatherby and fumble recoveries by Agnew, Kaleb Scheueman and Hudson Garner.
Sacred Heart will travel to Bogue Chitto High School (0-9, 0-5) for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday. The Bobcats lost 56-14 Friday to visiting Resurrection Catholic High School.
Poplarville 38, Purvis 6
The Hornets clinched Region 7-4A as Jeremy Pernell and Austin Bolton ran for a pair of touchdowns each, and the defense limited the Tornadoes to 167 yards total offense.
John Bolton ran for 60 yards on 17 carries, and quarterback Conner Cook threw a touchdown pass to C.J. Bolar, but that was about all the offensive punch Purvis (6-3, 3-1) could muster.
Austin Bolton ran for 179 yards on 15 carries for Poplarville (7-1, 4-0) and Pernell added 121 yards on 16 carries.
The Tornadoes lost quarterback Ty Howell, who had just returned off a foot injury suffered on Sept. 30.
Columbia Academy 60, Cathedral 26
Luke McKenzie caught four touchdown passes and scored on a 74-yard kickoff return as the Cougars wrapped up their regular season.
Columbia Academy (8-2) will host Simpson Academy (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the MAIS District 4-AAA playoffs.
Wiley Cleland threw five touchdown passes, including scoring strikes of 45 yards, 30 yards, 24 yards and 7 yards to McKenzie. Cleland also ran in for a touchdown.
Riles Stuart caught a 27-yard touchdown pass, while Colton Sandifer scored on a 3-yard run and Drew Havard scored on a 1-yard run.
Brookhaven 24, West Jones 12
Damarrell Leggett rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns, including two scores in the fourth quarter that allowed the Panthers to sew up the Region 3-5A victory over the Mustangs.
West Jones quarterback Hunter Parish threw for 112 yards and a touchdown, but West Jones (4-5, 1-4) only could net 38 yards rushing.
Brandon Jones caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs, while Antonie Kirk scored West Jones' other touchdown on a 59-yard interception return.
The Mustangs will visit Natchez (1-8, 0-5) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Ten locals headed to All-Star game
Ten players with Pine Belt ties have been selected to play for the South team in the 2016 Bernard Blackwell Football Classic.
Petal High School led the way with three selections, including offensive lineman Tanner Crowe, defensive end/linebacker Charlie Marlowe and defensive back Detric Carter.
Laurel High School had two selections, including quarterback/receiver Tyquan Ulmer and defensive lineman Darius Townsend.
Also selected to the roster were Hattiesburg High School quarterback Juian Conner, West Marion High School receiver Damien Johnson, Wayne County High School running back Chris Cooley, Stone High School place-kicker Mason Hunt and Seminary High School long snapper Reilly Reardon.
Laurel High School coach Todd Breland was chosen as head coach, while Laurel assistant Ronnie Cochran will serve as an assistant. South Jones High School coach Cory Reynolds will serve as scout coach.
The game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 17 in Gulfport.