CARRIERE _ The Automatic Touchdown Machine also known as the Hattiesburg High School offense had been quite the prolific scoring instrument this season, averaging 46 points in the Tigers’ first six games.
Friday night turned out to be no different.
The unbeaten Tigers scored early and often, and even with a continually-running clock in the second half, ran off with a 56-6 Region 4-5A victory at Pearl River Central High School.
“We only had seven offensive plays in the second half,” Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said. “We got off to a good start, got up pretty good and we just let (the clock) go in the second half.
“We try to do things the right way and it was the right thing to do.”
The Tigers led 14-0 after one quarter and 34-0 at the break, and even with few, second-half opportunities, Hattiesburg (7-0, 3-0 Region 4-5A) remained prodigious.
The Tigers scored three times over the last two quarters, including a 78-yard kickoff return by Jamal Donaldson after the Blue Devils (0-7, 0-3) had scored their lone touchdown with about a minute play.
“You aren’t looking for that, but you can’t tell your kids not to play hard or run hard,” Vance said.
Jarod Conner completed 8 of 10 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns and ran 31 yards and a score on five carries. D’Andre Humbles caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
Fabian Franklin added 26 yards and a touchdown of five carries, Drexlan Allen had 20 yards and two scores on six carries and Donaldson ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on just two carries.
Pearl River Central sophomore Clay Spiers scored his first career touchdown. He rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries and caught two passes for 10 yards.
Tristan Anderson had 96 yards on 17 carries and also had two catches for 17 yards. Ryan Spradley added 23 yards on nine carries and had 15-yard catch.
Quarterback Cam Brunson hit 7-of-12 passes for 53 yards as the Tigers held the Blue Devils to 258 yards total offense.
Pearl River Central will visit West Harrison High School in Gulfport at 7 p.m. Friday in region game. The Hurricanes (1-6, 0-3) lost 26-21 to Gautier High School Friday.
Hattiesburg stays on the road Friday, visiting new region rival Wayne County High School at 7 p.m. The War Eagles (4-3, 2-1) defeated Long Beach High School 48-42 Friday in overtime.
Petal 31, Brandon 28 (OT)
PETAL _ Blake Craig kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime and the Panthers stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down inches from the goal line on their possession to win their second consecutive Region 3-6A game.
The Panthers (4-3, 2-1 Region 3-6A) built a 21-7 lead on Jordan Wilson touchdown passes to Nataurean Watts, Trent Williams and Marquise Bridges, respectively.
But a pair of Will Rogers touchdown passes and touchdown runs of 62 yards and 3 yards by Jarveous Spann gave the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-1) a 28-21 lead with about six minutes to play.
But Nataurean Watts tied the game on a 2-yard run out of the Wildcat formation and Craig’s field goal on Petal’s possession in overtime provided the game-winning points.
Brandon missed four field goals in the game, all the attempts falling between 40 yards and 47 yards.
The Panthers will visit Jim Hill High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Jackson in a region contest. The Tigers (0-7, 0-3) lost 20-0 to George County High School Friday.
Laurel 49, Jackson Wingfield 0
LAUREL _ Xavier Evans threw a pair of touchdown passes and running back Michael Terrell scored a touchdown in his first game after being sidelined by offseason surgery as the Golden Tornadoes rolled.
Laurel (4-3, 2-1 Region 3-5A) jumped out to a 21-0 lead and had built a 41-0 cushion by halftime over the Falcons (1-6, 0-3).
Terrell, Laurel’s leading rusher in 2016, opened the scoring with a 4-yard run. Zias Perryman scored on a 2-yard run and Melyjah Windham went in from 1 yard out to give the Golden Tornadoes a 21-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Evans would sandwich touchdown passes of 31 yards to Juan Nelson and 5 yards to Patrick Bester around a 24-yard touchdown run by Amir Smith
In the fourth quarter, Smith added a second score on a 2-yard run and Laurel came up with a safety.
Laurel will travel cross-county to take on West Jones High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Region 3-5A matchup. The Mustangs (5-2, 3-0) downed North Pike High School 27-15 Friday.
Taylorsville 47, Lumberton 22
TAYLORSVILLE _ Quarterback Ty Keyes threw for 408 yards and three scores and ran for another Friday as the Tartars swamped the visiting Panthers in the non-region finale for both teams.
The Tartars (7-1) rushed for another 208 yards against the Panthers (5-2), finishing the night with 621 yards total offense.
Taylorsville led 14-0 after one quarter and then blew the game, outscoring Lumberton 21-8 in the second period. The Tartars’ 35-8 halftime lead carried into the fourth quarter, where both teams scored twice.
Keyes completed 15 of 18 passes, throwing two scoring passes to Raven Arrinton and a 25-yarder to Latreal Jones. Keyes also ran for 107 yards on six carries.
Eighth-grader Karson Evans came on late and completed his lone pass for a 10-yard touchdown to Cedric Beavers.
Perry Keyes caught seven passes for 192 yards and Arrington had two catches for 117 yards. Tycarius Roberts ran for 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and caught four passes for 61 yards. Baron Keyes ran for 30 yards and a score on three carries and
Lumberton quarterback Jared Tribett completed 20 of 39 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Tribbet also ran for 27 yards and a score on seven carries.
Donnell Buckner caught nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown and Rickey Thomas had five catches for 55 yards and a score. Claudio Williams caught a two-point conversion pass.
The Panthers rushed for 170 yards and piled up 410 yards total offense.
Davion Edwards ran for 84 yards on eight carries and also ran for a two-point conversion. Rodriqus Coleman added 48 yards on nine carries. Freshman Robert Henry, a key cog in Lumberton’s ground game, netted just 8 yards on eight carries.
Lumberton will travel to Hattiesburg to face Sacred Heart High School in a Region 4-1A contest. The Crusaders dropped a 52-6 region game to East Marion High School Friday.
Taylorsville will host Enterprise High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Region 5-2A play. The Bulldogs (2-6, 1-1) lost 62-22 to Heidelberg High School Friday.
East Marion 52, Sacred Heart 6
COLUMBIA _ Jarveon Howard ran for three touchdowns and five, two-point conversions as the Eagles rolled past the Crusaders Friday.
East Marion (4-3, 2-1 Region 4-1A) led 6-0 after one quarter before taking a 22-6 halftime lead. The Eagles put the game away with three, third-quarter touchdowns.
Howard scored on a 11-yard in the second quarter and then added touchdown runs of 65 yards and 63 yards in the third quarter.
Devin Daniels threw touchdown passes of 6 yards and 72 yards in the first half to Flenard McLin II and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 60 yards for a score.
Wayna Cook added a 55-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart (3-4, 0-2) posted its lone score ona touchdown pass in the second quarter.
East Marion will visit North Forrest High School at 7 p.m. Friday in a key Region 4-1A contest. North Forrest (5-3, 1-1) fell 35-20 to Collins High School Friday.
The Crusaders will host Lumberton High School at 7 p.m. Friday in region play. The Panthers (5-2, 2-0) lost 47-22 to Taylorsville High School Friday night.