Jeff Davis Co. runs roughshod over Amory for Class 3A title

Booth tops 200 yards rushing, scores 4 times to earn Player of the Game honors
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 1:57 PM CST
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - To put it simply, Jefferson Davis County High School ran over Amory High School 42-10 Friday morning to win a Class 3A state football championship.

Demarrio Booth rushed 17 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars ran away to their third state championship in five years.

“It is just a way of life for ‘em now,” JDC voach Lance Mancuso said. “I’m just so proud to be a small part of it.”

For Mancuso, Friday’s triumph marked his ninth victory in nine state championship games, including three with the Jaguars. Mancuso also led Bassfield High to five state crowns and Seminary High school to one.

Bassfield was merged with Prentiss High School five years ago to create Jefferson Davis County High School.

“It’s become the expectation.” Mancuso said. “Not just titles. It’s not just about the titles, it’s about what you do every single day. Every day in the classroom, every day during the offseason, every day during the summer.”

JDC (10-4) led Amory 22-10 at halftime, as Booth rushed for 143 yards in the first half alone, including touchdown runs of 44 yards and 61 yards.

The Jaguars shut out the Panthers (10-4) in the second half, 20-0.

Malcolm Hartzog ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He scored twice and tacked on a trio of 2-point conversions.

The Jaguars started the season by losing their first four games before tearing off 10-game winning streak to finish the year and claim yet another crown.

“Started the season bad and then fought our way to get back to the top,” Hartzog said. “It feels good. It’s a blessing.”

Charleston French led Amory with 125 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Panthers were making their seventh appearance in a state title game, but first in 19 years.

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