PINE BELT (WDAM) - Sacred Heart 49, Bogue Chitto 12
Will Agnew and Campbell Klein powered a running game that rolled for 340 yards as Sacred Heart High School qualified for the Class 1A playoffs for the first time in program history with a 49-12 victory Friday night over Bogue Chitto High School.
"I'm excited for the kids, excited for the program," Sacred Heart coach Lonny Schraeder said. "It's a big step.
"It's very rewarding. So many people worked so hard to get us to this position. It's just a very good thing."
Agnew rushed for a game-high 168 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Klein picked up 85 yards and scored three times on 12 carries.
Quarterback Gary Heathcock added 42 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries and threw a touchdown pass to Joseph Bishop.
The Crusaders (6-4, 3-3 Region 4-1A) led 7-0 after one quarter, then outscored the Bobcats (0-10, 0-6) 42-12 in the second quarter.
The defense pitched in with five turnovers, including three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, as well collecting five sacks.
"We started the season with 27 (players) and I think we're down to 22 kids, but the people who have stepped up for those players who were have inured have played well," Schraeder said. "I just think it's God's grace. That's all I can say.
"We've just been blessed. We really have."
Sacred Heart will have an open week before hitting the road for the first round of the playoffs.
Hattiesburg 63, Pearl River Central 33
Julian Conner threw three touchdowns and added two more scores on the ground as the Tigers remained in a three-way tie atop Region 4-5A.
Hattiesburg (8-3, 5-1) led 21-7 after one quarter and 42-13 at halftime.
"It's another win, which is a good thing this time of the year," Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. ""I'm certainly pleased with the way our guys came into the game. They went out and took care of business."
Conner completed 9 of 12 passes for 186 yards, while rushing for a team-high 77 yards on just two carries.
D'Andre Humbles completed 3 of 5 passes for 70 yards and another score.
Receiver Jordan Murphy had six catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns, while Darius Ruffin grabbed four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Raheem Willis (63 yards, two carries), Fabian Franklin (55 yards, five carries) and Drexlan Allen (55 yards, eight carries) each scored a touchdown.
Running back Diante Lenoir had a game-high 126 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Blue Devils (94-6, 2-4), while Wyatt Davis ran for 26 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Michael Tatman added 95 yards and a score on 14 carries.
Davis completed 9 of 15 passes for 129 yards.
The Tigers will host region co-leader Stone High School (8-2, 5-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tomcats remained in the hunt for the region title with a 35-34 victory over Long Beach Friday.
PRC will host region co-leader Picayune High School (9-1, 5-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Maroon Tide defeated Pascagoula 14-0 Friday.
West Jones 26, Natchez 20
The Mustangs outscored the hosts 16-8 in the fourth quarter to win for the second time in their last three Region 3-5A games.
Quarterback Hunter Parrish threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while running back John Oliver rushed for 128 yards on 24 carries.
Garrick Randolph had three caches for 52 yards and two scores, while place-kicker Walker Thompson booted a pair of field goals and extra points.
Davion Moore returned a fumble for a 55-yard touchdown, and both Moore and Antonie Kirk had interceptions to help West Jones overcome deficits of 12-7 at halftime and 12-10 after three quarters.
The Mustangs (5-5, 2-4) will host Jackson Wingfield High School (6-4, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Columbia Academy 34, Simpson Academy 21
First-year Columbia Academy coach Randy Butler may not have the dates and places of past Cougar football glory at his fingertips for instant recall.
But Butler and his Cougars surely remember the 2016 season.
Wiley Cleland threw three touchdown passes before exiting with a knee injury and Colton Sandifer and Luke McKenzie added touchdown runs, as Columbia Academy downed Simpson Academy 34-21 Friday night in the opening round of the MAIS-AAA playoffs.
The Cougars (9-2) will travel to Indianola Academy (11-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
"People are asking me all these questions, 'When's the last time … ,' and I guess I need to hire a CA historian to give me all these answers," Butler said. "I'm just trying to get ready for the next ballgame.
"But they're excited, they're fired up and it's really been a fun year. It really has."
Cleland threw two scoring passes to McKenzie, who also had a 9-yard touchdown run. McKenzie would finish with seven catches for 126 yards.
Riles Stuart also caught a touchdown pass, while Sandifer scored on a 22-yard run.
Butler said he and the Cougars would be ready for the next challenge.
"We've been on the road six times this year, and won five," Butler said. "These kids don't blink. They get ready … and when the lights come on Friday night, they get after it.
"They're fun to be around and I know they'll be ready. We've got to travel three hours and (Indianola's) the number one seed, but shoot, that's what the playoffs are about."
Lumberton 20, Resurrection Catholic 17
Jaden Galloway blocked a punt that Cullen Hammond returned 22 yards for the game-winning points in the fourth quarter as the Panthers won the battle of Region 4-1A unbeatens.
"I'm super proud of our kids," Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. "They played so hard.
"We didn't play our best game, especially offensively, but defensively, we were lights out. We knew it was going to take a team effort."
The win avenged a pair of Lumberton losses to Resurrection last season and put the Panthers in the drivers' seat to win the region championship.
But Lumberton (8-2, 5-0) has to take care of business at Stringer High School (7-4, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Friday to seal the title. Resurrection (8-2, 4-1) travels to Salem High School (1-8, 1-4) in Tylertown at 7 p.m. Friday.
"We have to beat Stringer, basically," Jones said.
Quarterback Jared Tribett completed only four passes, but threw for 101 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown pass to Donnell Buckner.
Buckner caught three passes for 102 yards, and also hauled in a 2-point conversion from Tribett.
Running back Dre Coleman rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Panthers.
Erron Joseph came up with a huge fumble recovery in the game's final minutes, and the Eagles trying to rally. After Joseph's play, the Panthers were able to convert a first down and run out the clock.
Resurrection running back Patrick Watts rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and Cearly Parker added 80 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Caden Perez hit a 29-yard field goal for the Eagles.
Purvis 30, Forrest County AHS 6
John Bolton rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown, while C.J. Bolar returned an interception 83 yards for a score as the Tornadoes secured home-field advantage for the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Purvis (7-3) will host Moss Point High School (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 28-21 victory over Bay High School Friday night.
Dylan Curtis rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for the Tornadoes.
Bolton, who also caught a pass for 40 yards, collected 206 all-purpose yards. Bolar had 163 all-purpose yards, including 40 yards on three catches.
Despite the loss, the Aggies (4-6) also qualified for the playoffs and will travel to East Central High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Moss Point. The Hornets defeated Vancleave High School 60-27 Friday night.
Laurel 42, Jackson Provine 21
Tyquan Ulmer accounted for 358 total yards and five touchdowns as the Golden Tornadoes won their eighth consecutive game.
Laurel (9-1, 6-0 Region 3-5A) will travel to Wayne County High School (6-4, 6-0) at 7 p.m. Friday night for the region championship.
Both teams already have clinched home-field advantage in the opening round of Class 4A playoffs, which open Nov. 11.
Ulmer, a senior quarterback, completed 9 of 19 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns as Laurel opened up a 35-0 halftime lead.
His scoring passes went to Dontario Drummond (105 yards, two receptions), Je'Vah Jones (70 yards, three catches), Anthony Jones (39 yards, two catches) and Juan Nelson (7 yards, one catch).
Ulmer ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while Michael Terrell added 38 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Provine will host South Jones High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Braves (7-4, 2-4) dropped a 23-7 decision to Wayne County Friday.
Northeast Jones 16, Newton County 6
William Morgan caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble 91 yards for another as the Tigers secured a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
Northeast Jones (6-4) will visit Florence High School (9-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles defeated Lawrence County High School 17-6 Friday.
The Tigers struggled on offense, netting just 122 total yards. But Morgan had two catches for 37 yards and a score and Malachi Harrison kicked a field goal to help get enough points on the board for Northeast Jones.
Tae Gallaspy and Dylan Foster each blocked a Newton County field goal attempt, and Foster caused the fumble that Morgan returned for a touchdown.
Quarterback Ethan McMullan threw for 134 yards with an interception for the Cougars (3-8) and rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 27 carries.