HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Presbyterian Christian School likely faces a simple proposition Thursday night: Defeat Madison-Ridgeland Academy and the Bobcats will host a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAAA playoff game.
The opponent: the very same MRA.
"There's one scenario, but it's a low percentage one, so it looks we're going to play back to back," PCS coach Joey Hawkins said. "So, the winner Thursday night will host the next week."
The Bobcats (6-4) ran away from East Rankin Academy (4-6) Friday night, jumping to a 42-6 halftime lead before claiming a 42-13 victory.
Senior Sheldon James ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, while junior tight end Tyson Keys ran twice for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Junior quarterback Brandon Thornton completed 4-of-6 passes for 112 yards and two scores. Thornton also hooked up with sophomore Eric Robinson for a 50-yard touchdown game.
"Everybody got in the game, everybody played," Hawkins said. "It was a wonderful night for us. Senior night, it was just a great way to go out."
Madison-Ridgeland (6-4) defeated Oak Forest Academy 30-3 Friday to set up the home-field playoff game scenario with the Bobcats.
"We're getting healthy again, getting some of our players back, and when we have everybody, we can move the ball," Hawkins said. "I guess what I'm saying is we have a chance."
Collins 17, Perry Central 14 (OT)
COLLINS _ Akeem McNair kicked a short field goal in overtime Friday night as the Tigers handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
With their eighth consecutive victory, Collins (8-2, 3-0 Region 8-2A) clinched the region championship, while Perry Central (8-1, 2-1) slipped into a second-place tie with North Forrest High School.
The Bulldogs will host the Eagles (7-3, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner will host an opening-round game of the Class 2A playoffs.
North Forrest defeated Richton High School 42-14 Friday.
Perry Central led the Tigers 14-0 Friday after senior quarterback Tijuane Bolton threw for one score and ran for a second.
But Collins sophomore quarterback Hershey McLaurin hooked up with senior Markel McLaurin on a 40-yard touchdown pass to get Collins within a score and then tied the game in the third quarter on a 1-yard run.
Neither team could score in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime.
Hershey McLaurin completed 16-of-29 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown, while Markel McLaurin caught eight passes for 136 yards. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just 53 yards rushing.
Bolton had 79 yards rushing on 79 carries and senior running back Mckail Sumrall added 79 yards on 30 carries. Junior Derrick Hartfield had 28 yards on five carries and sophomore Chris Sumrall ran for 13 yards on five carries.
Junior Nekylyn Moody caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Bolton.
The Tigers held the Bulldogs to 220 yards total offense.
Collins will travel to Biloxi to face St. Patrick High School at 7 p.m. Friday in the regular-season finale for both. The Fighting Irish (3-6, 0-3) defeated Clarkdale High School 21-12 Friday.
Lumberton 26, Resurrection Catholic 22
LUMBERTON _ The Panthers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to grab the Region 4-1A victory Friday and set up a region showdown with Stringer High School.
Lumberton (7-2, 4-0 Region 4-1A) trailed the Eagles (4-6, 3-2) 12-0 after one quarter, but rallied to tie the game 12-12 at halftime. Resurrection carried a 22-20 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers scored and held the Eagles scoreless.
Freshman running back Robert Henry ran for 147 yards on 25 carries and junior quarterback Jared Tribett threw for 121 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Senior Donnell Buckner had three catches for 44 yards and also had an interception on defense. Senior Rickey Thomas hauled in a 61-yard catch.
Lumberton will visit Stringer (9-1, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Red Devils won their ninth consecutive game Friday with a 50-34 win over East Marion High School (4-5, 2-2).
Columbia Academy 46, Bowling Green 12
FRANKLINTON, La. _ Junior running back Drew Havard ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Ras Pace threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night as the Cougars advanced t the MAIS AAA playoffs.
Columbia Academy (5-5, 2-0 District 4-AAA) and Bowling Green (1-9, 0-2) were tied 6-6 in the first quarter when the Cougars scored the next five touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
Havard scored on runs of 1 yard, 5 yards and 6 yards, while senior Aaron Thomas caught a 5-yard touchdown pass and also returned a punt 65 yards for a score. Sophomore running back Riles Stuart caught a 50-yard TD pass.
The Cougars will host Wayne Academy at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the AAA playoffs. The Jaguars (5-5, 1-1) defeated Newton Academy 26-7 Friday.
Columbia defeated Wayne 60-14 during their District 4 meeting during the regular season.