By NEMS Daily Journal
New Albany, the Daily Journal’s No. 2-ranked large school, finished its first perfect season in 48 years with a 49-6 whipping of Division 1-4A foe Tishomingo County on Friday night.
Tyler Basil was 6 of 9 for 119 yards and three touchdowns passing for the Bulldogs (11-0, 5-0), who open the 4A playoffs next week at home against Tunica Rosa Fort (7-3) out of Division 2.
New Albany last went unbeaten in 1962 with a 9-0 mark, and its last 11-win season was 1982 (11-2).
“It’s very special,” third-year coach Ron Price said. “We’ve got great kids, and I’m just thankful that good things are happening for them. We’re definitely enjoying it.”
Taylor Goode and Kelvin Worship scored two TDs apiece for New Albany.
Tishomingo finished the season at 1-10 (0-5).
- West Point 26, Clarksdale 17: Trailing 17-13 entering the fourth quarter, West Point scored a pair of touchdowns to take a big Division 1-5A contest.
The Green Wave (9-1, 6-0), the Daily Journal’s No. 3-ranked large school, pulled ahead 19-17 on Justin Cox’s 45-yard touchdown run. Aries Williams put the game away with a 1-yard scoring run.
Clarksdale fell to 6-5.
- Walnut 42, Hatley 28: Walnut held on to earn a No. 3 playoff seed. The Wildcats (8-2, 3-2 Division 1-2A) will travel to Eupora next week to open the playoffs.
Shaquille Perry, a week after being shut down by Calhoun City, exploded for 315 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries.
Hatley (5-6, 0-5) lost its fifth in a row.
- Oxford 42, Gentry 8: Guy Billups tossed four touchdown passes for Oxford (7-3, 4-2 Division 1-5A), which kept a firm grip on a No. 3 playoff seed. The Chargers still have to deal with Saltillo next week to close the regular season.
Gentry (3-7) scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter.
- M.S. Palmer 30, Holly Springs 12: The Hawks (1-9, 0-5 Division 3-3A) trailed by four points entering the final quarter, when Palmer scored a pair of TDs to put it away.
- Water Valley 20, Mooreville 10: Mooreville (7-4, 1-4 Division 2-3A), eliminated from the playoffs a week earlier, couldn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter, and it was too late by then.
Water Valley improved to 9-2 and will host Corinth in the first round of the 3A playoffs next Friday.
- Baldwyn 36, Mantachie 14: The Bearcats (6-5, 4-1 Division 1-2A) secured a No. 2 playoff seed, jumping out to a 22-0 halftime lead. They’ll host West Lowndes next week.
Lorenzo Hill scored on a 5-yard run and a 76-yard kickoff return for Baldwyn. Mantachie fell to 3-8, 1-4.
- Kosciusko 47, Houston 28: The visiting Whippets (6-5, 3-2 Division 4-4A) scored all their points in the first half, while Houston (2-9, 1-4) didn’t score until the third quarter in its season finale. Jamie Riley ran for three touchdowns for Kosciusko.
- Winona 56, South Pontotoc 28: South Pontotoc’s Deonte Dilworth returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, but it was all downhill after that for the home team.
Still, the Cougars (4-7, 2-3 Division 2-3A) are in the playoffs as a No. 4 seed. They play at Belmont next week.
- East Webster 62, West Lowndes 14: The Wolverines put up a 33-spot in the second quarter and wrapped up an unbeaten regular season. They’ll open the Class 2A playoffs next week by hosting Bruce.
Leddrick Patterson threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more scores for East Webster (11-0, 5-0 Division 2-2A).
- Ripley 33, Alcorn Central 13: Ripley finished off one of its toughest seasons in a while on a high note. The Tigers (2-9, 1-4 Division 1-3A) had lost nine in a row after winning their season opener.
Alcorn Central dropped to 0-11, 0-5.
- Vardaman 54, Biggersville 12: Chris Armstrong had five rushing touchdowns as Vardaman (7-3, 5-1 Division 1-1A) rolled on the road. Armstrong’s runs covered 12, 11, 1, 28 and 5 yards.
Donta Walker had two touchdown passes and one TD run for the Rams, who led 42-0 at halftime. Biggersville fell to 6-4, 2-4.