Lumberton 50, Nanih Waiya 48
Zach Jones still was trying to sort through his emotions 12 hours after Lumberton High School delivered the drama Friday night in the Class 1A South State championship game.
Jared Tribbet threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Rodriqus Coleman and Dre Coleman ran in the 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime, before Tribbet scored on a 1-yard and 2-point conversion in the extra period to give the Panthers a 50-48 victory over Nanih Waiya High School.
The Warriors (13-2) scored in overtime on a 5-yard run by Kevin Smith, but Smith was stopped short of the goal line on Nanih Waiya’s 2-point conversion attempt.
“We got down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but our kids just kept fighting,” Jones said, who is taking Lumberton back to the state title game for the first time since 2010. “I just couldn’t be prouder of our kids.”
The Panthers (12-2) will meet defending Class 1A state champion Hollandale Simmons High School at 11 a.m. Friday in Starkville. The Blue Devils defeated Smithville High School 44-7 in the Class 1A North State title game.
While Tribbet (6 of 14, 167 yards) and the passing game came up big down the stretch, Lumberton still unleashed a potent ground game, gaining 369 yards and accounting for five touchdowns.
Dre Coleman rolled for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries, while adding three conversion runs. Tribbet added just 5 yards on the ground, but scored twice and had the game-winning, 2-point conversion.
Donnell Buckner, who caught a 47-yard pass from Tribbet on the game-tying drive, had three catches for 113 yards and a score.
Davion Edwards and Dakota Walters each had 11 tackles for a Panthers’ defense that came up with three interceptions and recovered a fumble.
“This is a dream come true for a coach, but I want to see the kids’ faces when that bus rolls up there on Friday,” Jones said. “They deserve this. It’s been a lot of hard work, but hard work pays off.”
Laurel 45, Picayune 27
Quarterback Tyquan Ulmer threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Golden Tornadoes shut out the Maroon Tide in the second half in the Class 5A South State championship game.
Laurel (13-1), which won its 12th, consecutive game, will meet West Point High School (13-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Class 5A state crown. The Green Wave defeated Lake Comorant High School 40-7 in the North State title game.
The Golden Tornadoes will be seeking their second state title in the past three seasons. Laurel won the 2014 championship.
Laurel trailed Picayune 27-10 at halftime. The Maroon Tide (12-2) scored on a 5-yard run by Josh Littles (138 yards on 22 carries), a 4-yard run by David Baker, a 72-yard punt return by Shaun Anderson and a 33-yard pass from Skylar Bowman to V.J. Holt.
But Ulmer threw two touchdowns to Je’vah Jones and another to Dontario Drummond during the final two quarters, and he and Michael Terrell each ran in a score as well.
Drummond had nine catches with 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a scoring grab in the first half. Jones finished with four catches for 50 yards.
Ulmer ran for 116 yards on 13 carries, while Terrell added 73 yards on 13 carries.
Bay Springs 18, Bassfield 13
Jaylen Jones broke an 89-yard, touchdown run on fourth-and-3 with 3 minutes, 19 seconds, to play to deny the Yellowjackets a chance at a fifth consecutive Class 2A state championship.
Jones’ run sent Bay Springs (12-3) into the Class 2A title game at 3 p.m. Friday in Starkville, where it will meet Calhoun City High School.
Calhoun City (14-1) won its 13th consecutive game with a 47-20 victory over Baldwyn High School in the North State title game. Jessie Nabors and Keshun Parker each ran for two touchdowns for Calhoun City, while Treshone Cooper rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on just three carries.
Jones rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries for Bay Springs, while also catching a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Poplarville 42, Florence 14
The Hornets rolled out to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back to take down the Eagles in the Class 4A South State championship game.
Austin Bolton ran for three touchdowns, while Tyson Holston ran for two more and Jessie Pernell one.
Poplarville (12-1), which has won 12, consecutive games since dropping its season opener, will meet Lafayette High School at 3 p.m. Saturday in Starkville for the Class 4A crown.
Florence ends its season at 12-3.
The Commodores (12-2) won its 12th in a row by topping Pontotoc High School 21-14 in the North State championship game.