Lumberton, Jefferson Davis, Stringer, Petal advance to South State semifinals

Lumberton, Jefferson Davis, Stringer, Petal advance to South State semifinals

PINE BELT (WDAM) - LUMBERTON _ Lumberton High School has made a habit of starting slowly in its football games this fall.

But man, have the Panthers usually finished with a flurry.

Lumberton trailed Vardaman High School 3-0 after one period Friday in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs before roaring back to claim a 38-10 victory over the Rams.

"I don't know if we came out a little flat, but give Vardaman credit for taking it to us," Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. "Then, we kind of got our run game going, and we relied upon for most of the rest of the night."

Indeed. The Panthers (10-2) ran for 325 yards, with freshman Robert Henry rushed for a career-high 181 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and junior Davion Edwards added 84 yard on 12 carries.

"We've got a good quarterback who can throw it and some really good receivers, but I do think that this time of the year, you have to be able to run the football well. It was a cool night, and our offensive line was blocking really well and our backs were hot, so we stuck with it.

"You've got Henry, who's got the burst, and then you've got Davion, who can come in and run over the top of you. It's kind of weird, though, because Robert's the smaller guy, but he'll lower the boom on you, and Davion, his feet are a lot quicker than you probably give him credit for. He can make people miss. So, it's a good combination to have."

Senior Krishaun Fairley ran 25 yards for a score and junior quarterback Jared Tribett completed three passes to senior Donnell Buckner for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Tribett and Henry and senior Dakota Walters each had two-point conversion runs and Buckner also caught a conversion pass from Tribett.

Senior Jaden Galloway intercepted two passes by the Rams (6-6) and senior Jaylon Smith recovered a fumble. The Panthers limited Vardaman to 16 yards rushing and did not give up a touchdown in the game until late in the fourth quarter.

"We made some plays and we are really stopping the run, and that's really good," Jones said.

The Panthers will hit the road to meet Resurrection Catholic High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Pascagoula in the Class 1A South State semifinals. The Eagles (6-6) traveled to French Camp High School Friday night and came home with a 34-7 victory.

Lumberton and Resurrection both play in Region 4-1A and met on Oct. 20, with the Panthers pulling out a 26-22 victory at home.

"I promise you, they have our respect," Jones said. "We know what we're in for Friday night. It's gonna be a heavyweight fight. They're very well-coached and their players are going to play their (rears) off.

"People look at their record, but they played with a lot of injuries early against a really tough schedule where they didn't get any breaks and now they've got those guys back. We know we'll get their best shot, but we look forward to the challenge."

Stringer 16, Noxapater 0

STRINGER _ Junior quarterback Cayleb Dyess threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to junior Keyshaun Dease in the second quarter and senior Reece Barber's 7-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter sealed the Red Devils' victory Friday in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.

The Red Devils (10-3) took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Hayden Boyd's field goal, and that would turn out to be the only points Stringer would need as its defense kept the Tigers (8-4) off the scoreboard.

The Red Devils will visit Nanih Waiya High School at 7 p.m. Friday in Louisville in the Class 1A South State semifinals.

The Warriors (13-0) got four touchdown runs from senior Taemus Glass and two more scoring runs and a two-point conversion from sophomore Chris Smith Friday in a 51-12 victory over East Marion High School in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs. The Eagles ended their season 5-7.

Jefferson Davis County 64, Kemper County 30

BASSFIELD _ Junior Kahfaris McKines ran for three touchdowns and sophomore Kyser Booth ran for one score and caught a pass for another as the Jaguars continued to light up the scoreboard in the Class A playoffs.

Jefferson Davis County, which defeated St. Andrew's Episcopal High School 79-38 in the opening round, has outscored its first two playoff opponents 143-78. The Jaguars (11-1) have won nine consecutive games.

Three of the five touchdowns scored by the Wildcats (3-9) Friday came on back-to-back kickoff returns by sophomore Tra'Kalab Welch of 80 yards and 85 yards and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

But the Jaguars' offense more than made up for those points. McKines scored on a pair of 58-yard runs and a 55-yard run and added a two-point conversion run.

Booth ran 65 yards for a touchdown, caught a 68-yard scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Lyric Hall and ran in a two-point conversion.

Hall had a 5-yard touchdown, senior Terry Bryant also scored on a 5-yard run and sophomore Michael Carraway scored the final touchdown of the game on a 30-yard run. Bryant and senior Rhodrick Williams added two-point conversion runs.

The Jaguars also scored on a 19-yard interception return by sophomore Deandre Shorts. Senior Malik Shorts' interception set up a touchdown in the second quarter.

Jefferson Davis County will travel to Port Gibson High School Friday for a 7 p.m. Class 3A South State semifinal game.

The Blue Waves (9-3) outscored Seminary High School 12-0 in the third quarter and then held off the Bulldogs to take a 32-22 victory Friday in the second round of the Class 3A  playoffs.

Seminary, which had opened the playoffs with a 21-20 upset at Velma Jackson High School, ended its season 6-7.

Petal 42, D'Iberville 28

PETAL _ The Panthers (8-4) built leads of 14-0 after one quarter and 21-7 at halftime and then matched the Warriors (5-7) score for score in the second half Friday to win their opening-round game in the Class 6A playoffs.

Petal will visit fellow Region 3-6A rival Meridian High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Ray Stadium in a Class 6A South State semifinal game. The two teams met on Oct. 20, with the Wildcats (6-6) topping the Panthers 28-21.

Friday, Meridian traveled to the Coast and knocked off Region 4-6A champion Gulfport High School 21-14 in an opening-round playoff game.

Pine Belt playoff results/schedule

(Kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted)

Mississippi High School Activities Association

Class 1A

First round

Lumberton 38, Vardaman 10

Stringer 16, Noxapater 0

Resurrection Christian34, French Camp 7

Nanih Waiya 51, East Marion 12

East Marion finishes 5-7

South State semifinals

Lumberton (10-2 at Resurrection Christian (6-6)

Stringer (10-3) at Nanih Waiya (13-0)

Class 2A

First round

Collins 47, Pelahatchie 14

Perry Central 49, St. Joseph's Catholic 0

Taylorsville 47, Bogue Chitto 0

Heidelberg 34, Loyd Star 14

North Forrest 50, Mize 30

Bay Springs 54, West Lincoln 20

Pisgah 17, Richton 12

Richton finishes 2-9

Second round

North Forrest 50, Enterprise-Clarke 42

Bay Springs 34, Pisgah 14

Taylorsville 24, Perry Central 19

Perry Central finishes 10-2

Collins 25, Heidelberg 20

Heidelberg finishes 7-6

South State semifinals

Collins (11-2) at Bay Springs (8-5)

Taylorsville (12-1) at North Forrest (9-4)

Class 3A

First round

Jefferson Davis County 79, St. Andrew's Episcopal 38

Tylertown 35, Magee 13

West Marion 22, Raleigh 21

Seminary 21, Velma Jackson 20

Second round

Jefferson Davis County 64, Kemper County 30

Port Gibson 32, Seminary 22

Seminary finishes 6-7

Hazlehurst 34, West Marion 6

West Marion finishes 6-7

Forest 14, Tylertown 7

Tylertown finishes 8-5

South State semifinals

Jefferson Davis County (12-1) at Port Gibson (9-3)

Forest (10-3) at Hazlehurst (10-2)

Class 4A

First round

Poplarville 42, Northeast Lauderdale 27

Greene County 36, Quitman 10

Purvis 42, Mendenhall 41 (OT)

West Lauderdale 54, Sumrall 19

Sumrall finishes 6-6

Second round

Purvis 41, Florence 21

Poplarville 42, St. Stanislaus 31

East Central 52, West Lauderdale 6

South Pike 30, Greene County 25

Greene County finishes 11-2

South State semifinals

Poplarville (12-0) at Purvis (6-6)

East Central (11-0) at South Pike (10-3)

Class 5A

First round

Laurel 42, Picayune 35

Stone 24, West Jones 14

Hattiesburg 50, South Jones 0

South Jones finishes 8-5

Brookhaven 39, Wayne County 33

Wayne County finishes (6-6)

South State semifinals

Hattiesburg (12-0) at Stone (8-3)

Brookhaven (11-1) at Laurel (8-4)

Class 6A

First round

Petal 42, D'Iberville 28

Pearl 55, St. Martin 14

Hancock 30, Brandon 27

Meridian 21, Gulfport 14

South State semifinals

Petal (8-4) at Meridian (6-6)

Hancock (10-2) at Pearl (13-0)

Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

Class AAA

First round

Columbia Academy 60, Wayne Academy 14

Second round

Columbia Academy 38 Riverfield Academy 26

Semifinals

Indianola Academy 43, Columbia Academy 16

Columbia Academy finishes 7-6

Starkville Academy 31, Adams County Christian Academy 0

Championship

(2:30 p.m., Saturday)

Starkville Academy vs. Indianola Academy (Jackson)

Class AAAA

First round

Madison-Ridgeland Academy 28, Presbyterian Christian School 23

PCS finishes 6-6