COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Senior Aaron Thomas scored on a pair of long interception returns and hauled in four passes for 110 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown, as Columbia Academy rolled past Wayne Academy 60-14 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' playoffs.
The Cougars (6-5) will travel to Rayville, La., Friday to take on Riverfield Academy (10-1) at 7 p.m. in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
Friday, the Cougars jumped to a 24-0 lead and never were headed. The Jaguars (5-6) closed to within 30-14 at halftime, but in the third quarter, junior Drew Havard scored on the final of his three touchdown runs, sophomore quarterback Ras Pace hooked up with Thomas on the long pass as the Cougars took a 46-14 lead.
Columbia Academy iced the game on senior Brent Mitchell's 75-yard interception return and Thomas' 95-yard interception return.
The Cougars returned three picks for scores, with Thomas taking one back 45 yards in the first quarter.
Havard, who 73 yards on eight carries, had scoring runs of 1 yard and 5 yards in the first half. He also had three, two-point conversion runs.
Pace completed 4-of-6 passes for 110 yards, all to Thomas, and added two, two-point conversion runs and a two-point conversion pass to senior tight end Owen Harper.
Sophomore Riles Stuart scored on a 30-yard run for the Cougars.
Sophomore Jacob Castle threw for one touchdown and caught another and also ran for a two-point conversion.
Forrest County AHS 35, Purvis 30
PURVIS - The Aggies won Friday night's Region 7-4A battle but lost the war to reach the Class 4A playoffs.
The Aggies, Tornadoes and Sumrall High School Bobcats each finished 2-3 in the region. Based on the tie-breaking system, Sumrall and Purvis advanced to first-round playoff games while FCAHS (6-5) saw its season end.
Senior Nathan Whitley ran for 15 yards and three touchdowns for the Aggies and sophomore Davonte Dixon had 82 yards.
Senior John Bolton led Purvis (4-6) with 60 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Ty Howell completed all four his pass attempts for 179 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown to senior C.J. Bolar.
The Tornadoes will travel to Mendenhall High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers (8-2, 4-1 Region 5-4A) clinched their region title with a 27-20 victory over Quitman High School Friday.
Poplarville 58, Lawrence County 20
MONTICELLO - The Hornets rushed for 347 yards and six touchdowns to clinch Poplarville's first unbeaten regular season since 1972.
With standout senior running back Austin Bolton sitting out the game, a trio of sophomores combined for 179 yards and five touchdowns for Poplarville (10-0, 5-0 Region 7-4A).
Caziah Daniels ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, Ethan Taylor added 51 yards and two more scores on nine carries and Cory Knight had 23 yards and touchdown on six carries.
Junior Tyson Holston ran for 85 yards on seven carries and caught a 33-yard pass.
Junior quarterback Antonio Barnes completed 3-of-4 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring passes went to junior Canaan Ray, who had two catches for 29 yards.
Sophomore backup quarterback Blaise Breerwood rushed twice for 22 yards and a touchdown.
The Hornets will host Northeast Lauderdale High School at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Trojans (6-5, 2-3 Region 4-5A) lost 42-7 to West Lauderdale High School Friday.
Jefferson Davis County 47, Wesson 7
BASSFIELD - The Cobras scored first on a fumble return, but it was all Jaguars after that.
Jefferson Davis County (10-1, 5-0 Region 8-3A) led 20-7 at the half and 41-7 after three quarters to secure its seventh consecutive victory.
Senior Demazie Mikell scored on runs of 1 yard, 20 yards and 50 yards and sophomore Kyser Booth added scoring runs of 15 yards and 39 yards.
Senior Terry Bryant had a 37-yard touchdown run and sophomore quarterback Lyric Hall threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior Joe Applewhite.
The Jaguars, who won Region 8-3A, will host St. Andrews Episcopal High School (5-6, 2-4 Region 6-3A) at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Saints defeated Crystal Springs High School 43-14 Friday.
Madison-Ridgeland Academy 42, Presbyterian Christian School 23
MADISON - The Bobcats saw leads of 13-0 and 16-7 fade away as the Patriots secured home-field advantage in a rematch with PCS in Thursday's opening round of the MAIS Class AAAA playoffs.
PCS (6-5) led 16-7 after the first quarter before MRA (7-4) rallied for a 21-16 halftime lead.
The Patriots pulled away to a 35-16 lead in the second half before the Bobcats got back within 35-23 at the end of third quarter. But that was as close as the Bobcats would get.
The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday.
Sacred Heart 42, Salem 8
HATTIESBURG - The Crusaders snapped a four-game losing streak Friday by dominating the Wildcats.
Sacred Heart (4-6, 1-3 Region 4-1A) led 7-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at halftime before outscoring Salem 14-8 in the third quarter.
The Crusaders will wrap up the regular-season by welcoming Stringer High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Red Devils (9-2, 3-1) fell 30-25 Friday to Lumberton High School.
Laurel 41, North Pike 6
SUMMIT - Junior Zias Perryman ran for 121 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries as the Golden Tornadoes rolled past the Jaguars on the road.
Laurel (6-4, 4-2 Region 3-5A) led 7-0 after one quarter and 21-0 at halftime. Juniors Michael Terrell and Melyjah Windham and sophomore Amir Smith also had touchdown runs. Smith ran for 84 yards on eight carries, Terrell 65 yards on nine carries and Smith 30 yards on three carries.
The Golden Tornadoes will host Natchez High School at 7 p.m. Friday in the final regular-season game for both. The Bulldogs (6-4, 3-3 Region 3-5A) won their second consecutive game with a 40-6 win over Forest Hill High School Friday.
Stone 30, Pearl River Central 6
WIGGINS - Junior receiver Willie Reece caught four passes for 102 yards and ran for 26 yards and a touchdown on six carries in the Blue Devils' loss.
Freshman quarterback Cam Brunson completed 9-of-14 passes for 139 yards, but was intercepted twice. Junior Kobe Whitehead had four catches for 22 yards and senior Cody Skoda had a 12-yard reception and ran for 13 yards.
Sophomore Kalvin Briggs led the Blue Devils (1-9, 1-5 Region 4-5A) with 31 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Pearl River Central will wrap up its season at 7 p.m. Friday when it travels cross-county to visit archrival Picayune High School. The Maroon Tide (8-2, 5-1) defeated Gautier High School 56-21 Friday.