By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
JACKSON – Reuben Duckworth and Cortez Frizell ran the football a combined 61 times for a total of 422 yards but it was quarterback Duckworth’s 250 on 32 carries that led Mt. Olive (11-4) to the MHSAA Class 1A state title Friday at Mississppi Veterans Memorial Stadium, its second straight over previously unbeaten Durant (14-1).
It was the third straight year the Pirates have ended Durant’s season, this one 20-14.
It was Mt. Olive’s third state title.
“We practiced yesterday like we did back in September,” Mt. Olive coach Perry Murphy said. “We just try to keep our kids understanding what we’re trying to accomplish every Friday night.”
Duckworth’s 23-yard touchdown run, his 39th, with 1:46 left in the third quarter was the game-winner.
Durant’s Frizell finished the season one touchdown shy off Dicenzo Miller’s state-record 47.
Durant scored first, a 23-yard run from quarterback David Hogsett.
Duckworth answered on the next play with an 81-yard run to tie the game with 4:03 left in the first quarter.
Frizell scored from a yard out in the second but Duckworth’s 23-yard pass to Ray Duckworth with 25 seconds to go tied it.
“It ain’t gratifying to get to a spot. It’s like building a house and not putting a roof on it,” said Durant coach William “Sleepy” Robinson. “We’ve been here before. We just didn’t finish.”