COLUMBIA _ Lumberton High School remained unbeaten in Region 4-1A football after a 38-34 road win at East Marion High School.
It didn’t come easy.
“We were up three scores in the fourth quarter, but they’ve got a powerful back (Jarveon Howard) and he scored a couple of times,” Lumberton coach Zach Johnson said. “But we’re were we want to be in the (region), and that’s what we want to do every week, go 1-0.”
Freshman running back Robert Henry ran for 166 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and added a pair of two-point conversion runs, while junior Daveon Edwards had 90 yards and a score on 14 carries and a conversion.
Lumberton sophomore Kavorie Howard added 41 yards and a touchdown on carries and junior quarterback Jared Tribett had 27 yards and a touchdown on two runs as the Panthers ran for 329 yards.
Tribett completed 13 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown and also threw a two-point conversion pass as Lumberton rolled up 524 yards total offense.
“We completed passes to five different receivers Friday, and I think we had five different guys carry the ball, so that was good,” Johnson said.
Senior Ricky Thomas had three catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, senior Donnell Buckner had four catches for 35 yards and scored on a two-point conversion and junior Daylan Young had four catches for 47 yards.
Lumberton (5-1, 2-0 Region 1-4A) will step out of region play, visiting Taylorsville High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tartars (6-1, 1-0 Region 5-2A) kicked a last-second field goal Thursday to down Bay Springs High School 42-40.
East Marion (3-3, 1-1 Region 1-4A) will host Sacred Heart High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Crusaders (3-3, 0-1) had an open following a 44-0 loss on Sept. 22 at Resurrection Catholic High School.
Brookhaven 42, Laurel 35
BROOKHAVEN _ Junior running back Zias Perryman rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns for the Golden Tornadoes, but Panthers junior quarterback Savante Quinn threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior John Hilbert with just more than 5 minutes left in the game for the winning points.
Laurel (3-3, 1-1 Region 3-5A), who had rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit, drove to the Brookhaven 19 in the game’s waning minutes, but the Panthers held for the victory.
Perryman spearheaded the Golden Tornadoes’ rally, rushing for three, second-half touchdowns, including a 3-yarder that tied the game 35-35 early in the fourth quarter.
Brookhaven (5-1, 2-0) scored on a 2-yard run by sophomore J.Q. Edwards for 7-0 lead before Perryman provided Laurel’s only score of the first half on a 20-yard run.
Senior running back Damarrell Leggett scored three consecutive touchdowns for the Panthers, racing 60 yards and 21 yards for rushing touchdowns and taking a Quinn pass 65 yards for the third.
But trailing by three scores, Laurel stormed back. Perryman scored on runs 13 yards and 68 yards to get the Golden Tornadoes within 28-21 before a 2-yard pass from Quinn to Hilbert pushed Brookhaven’s lead to 35-21.
Junior quarterback Sinclair Ulmer and Brandon Gordon teamed up on a 25-yard touchdown pass, and following a Brookhaven interception, Perryman short TD run tied the score with about 11 minutes to play in the game.
But Quinn and Hilbert teamed up for the second time in the second half and Laurel could not catch up.
Ulmer completed 7 of 12 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. Senior Juan Nelson had four catches for 116 yards.
Quinn completed 11 of 20 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Leggett ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and caught two passes for 65 yards.
Edwards added 107 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Quinn had 40 yards on nine carries.
Hilbert finished with 45 yards and two scores on five catches.
Laurel will host Jackson Wingfield High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Region 3-5A play. The Falcons (1-5, 0-2) lost 28-12 to North Pike High School Friday.
Collins 19, Heidelberg 16
COLLINS _ Sophomore Hershey McLaurin passed 45 yards for a touchdown to junior Markel McLaurin the fourth quarter and the Tigers tacked on a safety to win their fifth consecutive game.
Heidelberg (3-4), which lost its third consecutive game to wrap up its non-region schedule, had taken a 14-13 lead in the thir quarter before Collins (5-2) rallied.
Hershey McLaurin also threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to junior Zyrion Thompson in the second quarter, while Markel McLaurin scored on a 70-yard punt return in the first quarter.
Collins will host North Forrest High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles (5-2, 1-0) opened Region 8-2A play with a 42-7 win over St. Patrick High School Friday.
Heidelberg will host Enterprise-Clarke High School at 7 p.m. Friday in a Region 5-2A game. The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-0) won their second consecutive game with a 46-24 win over Clarkdale High School.
Presbyterian Christian 42, Oak Forest Academy 28
HATTIESBURG _ The Bobcats got their ground back on track, rushing for 300 yards 50 carries to snap a two-game losing streak while handing the Yellowjackets their first loss of the season.
Oak Forest (5-1, 1-1 Class AAAA-Division I) led 14-13 at the end of one quarter, but PCS (5-2, 0-1) outscored the Yellowjackets 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 28-21 halftime lead. Both teams scored in the third quarter before the Bobcats salted away the game with a fourth-quarter score.
Senior Sheldon James ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and junior Alden Rhian had 139 yards and a score on 15 carries. Junior quarterback Brandon Thornton added 74 yards on 10 carries.
Thornton completed 9 of 14 passes for 150 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Tyson Keys.
Sophomore Eric Robinson grabbed five passes for 72 yards and also returned two kickoffs for 133 yards, including an 86-yard kickoff return.
PCS will visit Parklane Academy at 7 p.m. Friday. The Patriots (7-0, 1-0) defeated Madison-Ridgeland Academy 47-28 Friday.