By NEMS Daily Journal
Class 4A Playoffs
Lafayette 46, Leake Central 7: Lafayette began its state title defense in dominating fashion, rolling up 25 points in the first quarter to improve to 12-0.
Running back Demarkous Dennis scored on runs of 48 and 7 yards, then added a 47-yard TD reception from Jeremy Liggins. Liggins also had a 43-yard touchdown run, while D.K. Buford returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score.
The Commodores take on Greenwood next week.
Greenwood 19, Shannon 6: The Red Raiders (5-6) saw their season end in a defensive battle on the road.
Greenwood (5-6) led 7-6 at halftime and added a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters. Nick Pack had Shannon’s lone score, on a 3-yard run in the second.
Noxubee County 42, North Pontotoc 6: No scoring information was provided.
Cleveland 40, Itawamba AHS 36: No scoring information was provided.
Class 3A Playoffs
Aberdeen 36, Velma Jackson 9: Channing Ward, a big-time defensive line prospect, ran wild on offense, racking up 168 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns. The Bulldogs (7-5) will take on Charleston next week.
Ward started the night’s scoring with a 76-yard TD run earlyy in the first quarter, then later added a 1-yard reception.
Booneville 21, Byhalia 6: Xzavier Rogers scored two touchdowns rushing as Booneville (8-3) advanced to play Cleveland East Side next week. Andrew Lambert added a 9-yard touchdown run.
Kossuth 25, Marks Palmer 8: No scoring information was provided.
Mooreville 17, McClain 7: No scoring information was provided.
Charleston 60, Belmont 6: No scoring information was provided.
East Side 62, Nettleton 27: No scoring information was provided.
Class 2A Playoffs
Okolona 7, Mound Bayou JFK 0: Okolona went on the road and pull off the upset, advancing to the second round to face Simmons.
The Chieftains (5-7) got the game’s only score on a 47-yard pass from Arrius Jenkins to Jordan Ivy in the second quarter. JFK, which had pitched seven shutouts this season, finishes at 10-2.
Bruce 44, West Tallahatchie 0: Bruce (10-2) earned a date against West Bolivar next week. Davis Brown threw three touchdown passes and scored two more with his legs for the Trojans.
Tae Armstrong added a 1-yard TD run.
Shelby Broad Street 22, Baldwyn 14: The Bearcats couldn’t overcome 22-0 deficit and saw their season end with a 5-7 mark. Quantadious Peterson had two TD passes and ran for another score for Broad Street (8-3).
Bradley Boose scored on runs of 2 and 82 yards for Baldwyn, and he finished with 256 yards on 15 carries.
Coahoma County 54, Calhoun City 6: No scoring information was provided.
Simmons 8, Hamilton 6: No scoring information was provided.
West Bolivar 55, East Webster 0: No scoring information was provided.
Starkville Aca. 28, Lee Aca. 0: The Volunteers earned a berth in the Class AAA, Division II state championship game thanks to Ryan Mann and Ryan McKell. Mann had a pair of touchdown runs, while McKell scored on a run and later threw a 14-yard score to James Mapp.
Starkville Academy will play at Mississippi College on Saturday against Washington School for the title. Kickoff is 2 p.m.
Starkville 35, Neshoba Central 14: Starkville clinched its first division title in 10 years, wrapping up the 2-5A crown behind the 104 rushing yards of Gabe Myles. The Yellowjackets will open the playoffs at home next week.
The quarterback ran for two touchdowns and passed for 57 yards. Preston Baker and Devin Mitchell had first-half TD runs as the Yellowjackets (9-2, 7-0) took a 14-6 lead into the break. They scored 15 points in the third to gain separation.
Thrasher 35, Vardaman 34: Thrasher won’t be in the playoffs, but it secured the program’s first winning season in 18 years. The Rebels (6-4, 4-4 Division 1-1A also snapped a four-game losing streak.
Quarterback J.T. Huddleston scored the game-tying touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, with Blake Weatherbee adding the go-ahead point-after kick. Huddleston had two touchdown passes on the night.
Vardaman (8-3, 7-1) will host Greenville St. Joe in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Lake Cormorant 30, Saltillo 24: The Tigers ended their season at 2-9 overall, 0-7 in Division 1-5A play. Lake Cormorant (4-7, 2-5) jumped out to a 24-0 lead and then sealed it with an 80-yard interception return for touchdown by Martice Buckley in the fourth quarter.
Clarksdale 20, Oxford 17: The Chargers were knocked from the playoffs with the loss at home. They finish the season at 5-6 overall, 3-4 in Division 1-5A.
Clarksdale (7-4, 5-2) scored all three of its touchdowns on passes from Cornelius Williams to Joey Jefferson: 31, 15 and 68 yards. The last one gave the Wildcats a 20-14 lead with 9:39 left in the third. Oxford got a 21-yard field goal from Cody Mills in the fourth but couldn’t mount another scoring drive.
Parker Adamson threw two TD passes for Oxford.
H.W. Byers 54, Biggersville 6: No scoring information was provided.