Laurel sets up Class 5A rematch with Brookhaven, Poplarville to face Purvis in Class 4A south state semis

Laurel sets up Class 5A rematch with Brookhaven, Poplarville to face Purvis in Class 4A south state semis
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PINE BELT (WDAM) - PICAYUNE: In a football game that on offense resembled two heavyweight boxers walking into the middle of the ring to take turns swapping haymakers, Laurel High School's defense, in the end, simply stole the bout.

Three interceptions on three consecutive Picayune High School possessions in the latter part of the fourth quarter set up the Golden Tornadoes' go-ahead touchdown Friday night and then sealed a 42-35 victory over the Maroon Tide in the in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The first of two interceptions by junior cornerback Levi Walker set up junior Zias Perryman's third touchdown run of the night, a 6-yarder that broke a 35-35 tie. Another interception by Walker and a final pick by senior linebacker Jaylen Smith finished off the proceedings.

Junior quarterback Sinclair Ulmer ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as the Golden Tornadoes (8-4) set up a rematch in the Class 5A South State semifinals with a familiar foe: Region 3-5A rival Brookhaven

The two teams met on Sept. 29 in Brookhaven, with the Panthers (11-1) taking a 42-35 victory. Brookhaven advanced to the South State semis with a 39-33 victory over Wayne County High School Friday.

Perryman ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, while Ulmer went for 111 yards and a score on just six carries. Junior Michael Terrell added 51 yards on 11 carries.

Ulmer completed 11-of-22 passes for 195 yards and touchdown passes of 10 yards and 35 yards to senior Brandon Gordon.

Gordon had four catches for 49 yards and senior Juan Nelson had two catches for 35 yards and also caught a two-point conversion pass from Ulmer. Junior Jontarious Henderson had two grabs for 42 yards.

Picayune (9-3) got a pair of touchdown runs apiece from senior Shaun Anderson and junior Kaleb Hart, while senior quarterback Tyler Penton also had a touchdown run.

Penton opened the scoring on a 1-yard run before Perryman answered with his first scoring run. A missed extra point kept Picayune ahead 7-6 after one quarter.

Hart's 2-yard run and Perryman's 1-yard run kept it a one-point game until Hart cracked in from the 1-yard line to put the Tide ahead 21-13. But Ulmer found Gordon with a 10-yard scoring pass and followed with the conversion to Nelson to deadlock the teams at 21-21 at halftime.

Anderson scored on a 6-yard run for Picayune that Ulmer followed with a 37-yard touchdown run for a 28-28 tie.

Anderson gave the Tide their last lead on a 45-yard touchdown jaunt. But Ulmer hit Gordon with a 35-yard scoring pass with about 6 minutes to play, and Walker's interception, Perryman gave Laurel its first lead of the game with his final touchdown run.

Walker intercepted Picayune again, and after Laurel was forced to punt, Smith wrapped up the win with his pick.

Brookhaven 39, Wayne County 33

BROOKHAVEN: Senior running back Damarrell Leggett rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries Friday as the Panthers opened Class 5A postseason play with their 11th consecutive win.

Senior quarterback Zabryan Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another to keep the War Eagles (6-6) close in the see-saw game.

But along with Leggett's big night, Brookhaven (11-1) got a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Sevante Quinn to junior John Hilbert, a 33-yard field goal from senior Tyler Mixon and a safety to hold off Wayne County.

After Mixon opened the scoring with his field goal, Jackson and Leggett traded touchdowns, with Jackson scoring on runs of 12 and 20 yards and Leggett responding with touchdown runs of 16 yards and 4 yards.

Jackson's 51-yard touchdown pass put the War Eagles ahead 19-17 late in the second quarter, but Leggett scored on a 2-yard run to leave the Panthers up 24-19 at halftime.

Jackson's 27-yard run put the Wayne County back in front, 25-24, but Quinn's TD pass to Hilbert put the Panthers up 31-25.

Jackson scored on a 2-yard run and added a two-point conversion to give the War Eagles their final lead of the game, 33-31, in the third quarter, before Leggett scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter and Brookhaven iced the game with the safety.

Quinn completed 6-of-19 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Hilbert had four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Brookhaven travels to Region 3-5A rival Laurel High School Friday night at Blair Stadium. The Golden Tornadoes (8-4) went to Picayune High School Friday and came away with a 42-35 win in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The teams met during the regular season, with the Panthers claiming a 42-35 victory on Sept. 29 in Brookhaven.

Stone 24, West Jones 14

SOSO: The Mustangs led 14-7 after three quarters, but the Tomcats scored 17 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes of the game to end West Jones' season.

Senior quarterback Peyton Brown completed 9-of-25 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Junior quarterback Dusty Cook completed 4-of-8 passes for 44 yards with an interception.

Senior Garrick Randolph caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns and senior Devrion Hatten had three catches for 56 yards.

The Mustangs (8-4) managed just 47 yards rushing. Senior Austin Land gamed 45 yards on 10 carries and caught a pass for another 17 yards.

Stone (8-3) will host Hattiesburg High School at 7 p.m. Friday in a South State semifinal game. Hattiesburg defeated South Jones High School 50-0 Friday.

Poplarville 42, St. Stanislaus 31

BAY ST. LOUIS: Sophomore Cory Knight ran for three touchdowns and senior Peytan Graham ran for a scored and returned a fumble for another as the Hornets pulled away from the Rock-a-Chaws.

The teams were tied 7-7 after the first quarter before Poplarville led 21-7 at halftime. The Hornets (12-0) led 28-13 after three quarters before St. Stanislaus (6-6) outscored them 18-14 in the final period.

Senior quarterback Jakob Greer ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more for the Rock-a-Chaws.

Greer's 55-yard run put St. Stanislaus ahead 7-0, but Graham punched in on a fourth-and-1 tie game after one quarter.

Knight scored on a 2-yard before Graham picked up a fumble and went 50 yards for a 21-7 Poplarville lead.

Senior Austin Bolton pushed the Hornets' lead to 28-7 on a 5-yard run before Jake Gardner's touchdown run pulled St. Stanislaus back within 28-13.

Knight sandwiched touchdown runs of 18 yards and 1 yards around a 20-yard touchdown run by Greer to give the Hornets a 42-19 lead in the fourth quarter.

Greer wrapped up the scoring with touchdown passes to seniors J.D. Rutherford and Andrew Trapani.

The Hornets will travel to Purvis High School at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class 4A South State semifinal game. The Tornadoes (6-6) took a 41-21 victory at Florence High School Friday night.

The Region 7-4A rivals met during the regular season, with the Hornets claiming a 69-34 victory on Oct. 20 in Poplarville.

Purvis 41, Florence 21

FLORENCE: The Tornadoes erased a 14-6 deficit after one quarter by outscoring the Eagles 22-0 in the second quarter before going on to take a second, consecutive road victory in the Class 4A playoffs.

Florence (8-5) cut their deficit to 28-21 after three quarters, but Purvis (6-6) outscored the Eagles 13-0 in the final period.

The Tornadoes will welcome Region 7-4A rival Poplarville High School to town at 7 p.m. Friday for a Class 4A South State semifinal game. Poplarville knocked of Sat. Stanislaus High School on the road Friday 42-31.

The Region 7-4A rivals met during the regular season, with the Hornets claiming a 69-34 victory on Oct. 20 in Poplarville.

Indianola Academy 43, Columbia Academy 16

INDIANOLA: Junior Sebastian Harris ran for four touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Will Davis threw for a score and ran for another as the Colonels ended the Cougars' championship hopes in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoffs.

It was the second consecutive season that Indianola ended Columbia's season, though the Cougars went another round deeper into the playoffs this fall.

The Cougars (7-6) trailed just 14-8 early after a touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Ras Pace, but Indianola (13-0) led 28-8 at halftime on Harris touchdown runs of 32 yards, 22 yards, 18 yards and 39 yards.

Pace threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior Aaron Thomas in the second half, but Davis connected with junior T.K. Bolden with a 32-yard touchdown pass and then ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run that Harris followed with a two-point conversion run.

Indianola will defend its state title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when it meets Starkville Academy in the Class AAA championship game on the Jackson Academy campus. Starkville (12-1) defeated Adams County Christian Academy 31-0 Friday.

Indianola and Starkville met during the regular season, with the Colonels taking a 35-21 victory over the Volunteers.

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

Meridan 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


Indianola Academy 43, Columbia Academy 16

Columbia Academy finishes 7-6

Starkville Academy 31, Adams County Christian Academy 0


(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