West Jones sets up Region 3-5A title game

West Jones sets up Region 3-5A title game
Source: WDAM

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Senior Austin Land and sophomore Jasper Jones each ran for a touchdown and junior Dusty Cook threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to junior Jalan Graham Friday night as West Jones High School rolled past Jackson Wingfield High 35-8.

With their seventh consecutive win, the Mustangs (8-2, 6-0 Region 3-5A) set up a showdown between the region's two unbeatens. Brookhaven High School (9-1, 6-0), which held off South Jones High School Friday 43-37 in overtime, will visit West Jones at 7 p.m. Friday in Soso.

"Tommy (Clopton) does a good over there coaching them and I think they've got a Dandy Dozen player and three Division I players," West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. "Fortunately, we're at home and we're playing good football, so we're looking forward to the challenge."

Jones opened the scoring against the Falcons (2-8, 1-5) on a 9-yard run as the Mustangs took a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Land added a 4-run in the second quarter, and West Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone to lead 21-0 at halftime.

Cook found Graham in the third quarter for a 28-0 lead and sophomore Antoine Kirk capped West Jones' scoring with a 76-yard interception return.

"It was a good game for us," Pierson said. "We were pretty banged up after that roll (North Pike, Laurel and South Jones high schools), so we sat a lot of kids and a lot of our young kids got to play and I thought they played well."

Collins 34, St. Patrick 2

GULFPORT: Sophomore quarterback Hershey McLaurin threw four touchdown passes over the middle two quarters of the game as the Tigers wrapped up the regular season with an unblemished record in Region 8-2A.

The Tigers (9-2, 4-0), who have won nine consecutive games, will host Pelahatchie High School at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of Class 2A playoffs. The Chiefs (6-5, 1-3), which finished fourth in Region 6-2A, lost 49-14 to Mize High School Friday.

Leading 9-0 after one quarter, McLaurin connected with junior Ja'Damon Maze from 13 yards, DeDaviyon Magee from 48 yards, senior Tavarian McCullum from 36 yards and junior Zyrion Thompson from 60 yards to take a commanding lead over the Fighting Irish (3-7, 0-4) after three quarters.

Perry Central 16, North Forrest 14

NEW AUGUSTA : Senior quarterback Tijuane Bolton ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs secured home-field advantage for the first-round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Perry Central (9-1, 3-1 Region 8-2A) will host St. Joseph Catholic High School at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Bruins (7-4, 3-1 Region 6-2A) lost a shot at the region championship Friday night with a 69-17 loss to Pisgah High School. St. Joseph, Pisgah and Mize each finished 3-1 in the region, but the Bruins fell to third on a tiebreaker.

Perry Central, whose only loss came to Collins by three points in overtime two weeks ago, rushed for 288 yards Friday night against the Eagles (7-4, 2-2)

Senior Mckail Sumrall ran for 60 yards on 13 carries and caught a pass for 13 yards. Junior Derrick Hartfield added 37 yards on three carries and sophomore Chris Sumrall had 52 yards on 13 carries.

North Forrest will face another pack of Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday when the Eagles visit Mize High School in the first-round of the Class 2A playoffs. Mize (7-4, 3-1) topped Pelahatchie High School 49-14 Friday.

Pine Belt playoff schedule

All games kick off at 7 p.m. Friday

Mississippi High School Activities Association

Class 2A

Pelahatchie (6-5) at Collins (9-2)

St. Joseph's Catholic (7-4) at Perry Central (9-1)

Bogue Chitto (5-5) at Taylorsville (10-1)

Loyd Star (4-6) at Heidelberg (6-5)

North Forrest (7-4) at Mize (7-4)

Richton (2-8) at Pisgah (8-3)

Bay Springs (6-5) at West Lincoln (5-5)

Class 3A

St. Andrew's Episcopal (5-6) at Jefferson Davis County (10-1)

Magee (6-5) at Tylertown (7-4)

West Marion (5-6) at Raleigh (5-7)

Seminary (5-6) at Velma Jackson (6-4)

Class 4A

Northeast Lauderdale (6-5) at Poplarville (10-0)

Quitman (5-6) at Greene County (10-1)

Sumrall (6-5) at West Lauderdale (7-4)

Purvis (4-6) at Mendenhall (8-2)

Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

Class AAA

First round

Columbia Academy 60, Wayne Academy 14

Second round

Columbia Academy (6-5) at Riverfield Academy (10-1)

Class AAAA

First round

Presbyterian Christian School (6-5) at Madison-Ridgeland Academy (7-4)