PINE BELT (WDAM) - Hattiesburg 42, Brookhaven 14
With its leading running back sidelined Friday night, Hattiesburg High School simply turned to the other weapons in its offensive arsenal.
Jarod Conner ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Julian Conner threw for two scores and ran for another as the Tigers steadily pulled away to a 42-14 victory over Brookhaven High School in an opening-round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"That was a talented, talented team in Brookhaven, and I'm just proud of the way our players played," Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. "We didn't play great on offense, but they had a lot to do with that. Still, we were able to come up with 42 points and our defense was outstanding."
The win sets up a South State semifinal between the Tigers (10-3) and archrival Laurel High School. The Golden Tornadoes (11-1) defeated Stone High School 35-14 Friday in its opening round playoff game.
The teams met in the second week of the season for their annual showdown in the Lil' Brown Jug Game, with Hattiesburg claiming a 31-20 victory to hand Laurel its only loss of the year.
The two square off at 7 p.m. Friday.
"Going to some tough territory, Between the Bricks, but they'll be ready to play and we'll be ready to play," Vance said. "It's going to be a fun, fun football game come Friday night."
Drexlan Allen ran for 54 yards on 10 carries against Brookhaven (8-4), as Fabian Franklin watched from the sideline with an ankle injury suffered a week earlier in the regular-season finale.
Vance said he expects Franklin to be ready to go against Laurel.
Julian Conner completed 8 of 16 passes for 159 yards, including touchdown passes to Jordan Murphy and D'Andre Humbles. Julian Conner also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Humbles caught four passes for 86 yards and Murphy added four catches for 73 yards.
"It was just a total team effort," Vance said.
Lumberton 48, French Camp 0
Dre Coleman ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while Rodriqus Coleman added another 91 yards on the ground as the Panthers rolled to an opening-round Class 1A playoff victory.
Despite the numbers, Lumberton coach Zach Jones said the Panthers didn't really get in gear until the second half.
"We scored on all but one possession, but we didn't run the ball well early on," Jones said. "But, our offensive linemen were challenged, and I thought we really controlled things the second half."
Jared Tribett completed 16 of 21 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown as Lumberton (10-2) advanced to a second-round showdown at Stringer (8-5).
The Red Devils defeated Sebastopol 44-22 Friday to set up the second meeting in three weeks with the Panthers. Lumberton went on the road and defeated Stringer 34-14 in the regular-season finale on Nov. 4.
"It's like we told the kids, 'Everybody starts the playoffs 0-0, and now, we're 1-0, but you can't think about what happened last week," Jones said. "You've got to take care of business."
Davion Edwards added 40 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Dakota Walters had a 10-yard touchdown run.
Donnell Buckner caught eight passes for 83 yards and score, and the Panthers added three, 2-point conversions, with Dre Coleman running one in and Ahmad Dalton and Buckner catching a conversion each.
Laurel 35, Stone 14
Sophomore running back Michael Terrell rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns to lead Laurel High School to a 35-14 victory over Stone High School in the opening round of the Class 5A football playoffs.
Quarterback Tyquan Ulmer ran for another 56 yards and a touchdown, as the Golden Tornadoes (11-1) turned to their ground game to outlast the Tomcats (8-4).
"(Terrell) ran with authority," Laurel coach Todd Breland said. "He's the first running back to top 100 yards that we've had in, I know, two years.
"Of course, all that starts up front and our offensive line did a tremendous job."
Laurel's high-flying passing game got into the act as well, with Ulmer completing 6 of 11 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown. Dontario Drummond caught four passes for 158 yards and a score.
The win sends the Tornadoes into a South State seminal showdown with archrival Hattiesburg High School. The Tigers (10-3) gave the Laurel its lone loss of the season, winning 31-20 Aug. 27 in the annual Battle for the Lil' Brown Jug Game.
It will mark the fourth meeting between the teams in the past two years. Laurel ended Hattiesburg's season in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs last year.
"I just can't imagine this one not being talked about for a long time after the game," Breland said. "These are two, great teams."
Wayne County 31, Pascagoula 24
Chris Cooley ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns Friday night, and quarterback Zabryon Jackson added another 78 yards rushing and two more scores for the War Eagles.
Wayne County (7-5) will host Picayune High School (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Class 5A South State semifinal game. The Maroon Tide defeated Jackson Wingfield High School 63-30 Friday night.
The War Eagles' defense, led by Dontre Williams (11 tackles, sack, fumble recovery), C.J. Chambers (11 tackles) and Jeremy Sibley (10 tackles, caused fumble), came up with three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Heath Mosley connected on a 36-yard field goal for Wayne County.
Purvis 35, West Lauderdale 23
Mason Kendrick threw for 248 yards and four touchdowns Friday night as the Tornadoes shocked the previously unbeaten Knights.
Purvis (9-3) led 14-9 at halftime and 28-16 after three quarters before holding West Lauderdale (12-1) off in the fourth quarter.
The Tornadoes advanced to the South State semifinals and will visit Florence High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles (11-2) defeated East Central High School 31-14 Friday night.
C.J. Bolar caught four passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Cameron Swan and John Bolton each had a touchdown catch.
Dylan Curtis ran for 50 yards and a touchdown, while Kendrick added another 50 yards on s0069x carries and Bolton 33 yards on 15 carries.
Poplarville 33, Quitman 12
Jesse Pernell and Austin Bolton combined for 294 yards and three touchdowns rushing and the Hornets outscored the Panthers 20-0 in the fourth quarter Friday night to move onto the Class 4A South State semifinals.
Poplarville (10-1), which won its 10th consecutive game after dropping its season opener, will travel to Mendenhall High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers (8-5) defeated St. Stanislaus High School 30-22 in double overtime Friday night.
Pernell rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Bolton went for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Hornets pulled away from a 13-12 lead after three quarters over Quitman (6-7).
Quarterback Antonio Barnes completed 4 of 9 passes for 102 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Canaan Ray.