Baldwyn coach Mark Gray’s defensive game plan for Walnut’s Shaquille Perry coming into the game was simple – keep him off the field with the offense.
The Bearcats used a balanced mix of run and pass to rack up 516 yards of total offense in their 48-27 Division 1-2A win over the Wildcats Friday night.
Perry finished with 219 of the 253 total yards of offense for Walnut and scored all 4 TDs (three rushing, one kickoff return), but could not do enough by himself to get past the Bearcats.
“We were able to keep him off the field for the most part with our offense,” said Gray of Perry. “They did not do anything that we had not seen on film. We made him have to make plays. We started getting penetration and tackled better in the second half.”
Waker Wildman and Tyler Estes led the balanced attack for the Bearcats. Wildman completed 12 of 15 passes for 149 yards and 2 TDs, while Tyler Estes paced Baldwyn on the ground with two scores for 139 yards on 22 carries.
The Wildcats (6-2, 1-1) fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half at the 45-yard line that set up Baldwyn’s first score of the second half to put the Bearcats up 34-20.
“The win was huge for us because we lost to Calhoun City last week,” Gray said. “To go to 0-2 (in division play) you pretty much are guaranteed to go on the road for the first-round of the playoffs. Now, we have a good Bruce team that we have to deal with.
Baldwyn led 27-20 at halftime.
- Pontotoc 37, Tishomingo Co. 13: Pontotoc opened up a 31-0 lead by halftime and never looked back. The Warriors’ Randall Crayton ran for 151 yards on 16 carries and scored twice in the opening quarter, the first a 10-yard run to open the scoring for the night and later on a 34-yard pass from Michael Reed, moving the Warriors (5-3, 1-1) to .500 in Division 1-4A play.
- Okolona 54, Biggersville 8: Okolona used a balanced rushing attack from Martavious Ford and Fred Ward to power past the Lions. Ward finished with 95 yards on eight rushes for two scores, while Ford rushed for 87 yards on nine carries and two scores for the Chieftans (5-2, 3-0 in Division 1-1A). Blake Stacy scored the lone TD for the Lions (5-2, 1-2).
- Lafayette 54, Senatobia 7: The Daily Journal’s top-ranked large school stayed perfect in Division 2-4A thanks to a dominant night by running back Demarkus Dennis. Dennis led the the Commodores’ (8-0, 4-0) offense with four rushing TDs (2, 20, 4, 57).
- Smithville 40, Thrasher 6: Dartrune Freeman scored 4 TDs, three on the ground and one through the air, to lead the Seminoles (5-2, 2-1) over the Rebels in a Division 1-1A game.
- Ruleville 34, Holly Springs 7: Brandon McKinney scored on a 7-yard run for the Hawks (1-6, 0-2) in the third quarter.
- Houston 24, Caledonia 17 OT: Houston used a 21-yard field goal from Emmitt Dendy to force overtime, then a 10-yard run by Charles Heard in overtime to seal the win over the Confederates. Heard finished with three rushing TDs, helping to end a three game losing streak for Houston (2-6, 1-1). Caledonia (1-7) came back from a 14-6 deficit to take a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter.
- Kossuth 47, Alcorn Central 3: Alcorn Central got a 33-yard field goal from Jake Williams in the first quarter and that was all the Kossuth defense would allow for the rest of the night. The Aggies (4-4, 1-1) scored 41 unanswered points after taking a 6-3 first quarter lead. Wesley Davis scored on runs of 27 and 58 and was one of six different players that scored for Kossuth.
- South Pontotoc 41, Nettleton 34: South Pontotoc scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after trailing for the entire game. Wesley Barefield connected with Seth Roye on a 45-yard pass to tie the game at 34 and Barefield scored the game-winner to keep the Cougars (4-4, 2-0) perfect in Division 2-3A. Corbin White rushed for three scores (1, 20, 7) for the Tigers (3-5, 0-2).
- Bruce 47, Hatley 13: Xavier Armstrong rushed for three TDs and 180 yards as the Trojans (3-5, 1-1) got their first win of the season in Division 1-2A. Bruce scored a combined 41 points in the second and third quarters to take a 47-7 lead over the Tigers (5-3, 0-2) into the final quarter of play.
- Starkville 49, Horn Lake 19: Starkville (5-2, 3-0) recorded their fourth consecutive victory by going up 35-0 in the opening half. Yellowjackets’ QB Jaquez Johnson completed 7 of 12 passes for 177 yards and 3TDs, the first a 65 yarder to Shaquille Hill to open the scoring for the night.
Devin Mitchell rushed for 2 TDs and 116 yards on five carries, and also returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score.
- Booneville 49, Ripley 16: Ripley opened the scoring for the night with a 22-yard field goal from Tony Hernandez in the first quarter, but Booneville responded with 49 unanswered points. Brendan Pannell and Clint Hawkins each had two scores for the Blue Devils (4-3, 2-0). Devin Jones and Cody James had rushing TDs for the Tigers (1-7, 0-2).
- East Webster 41, Ackerman 14: East Webster rolled to its eighth consecutive win. The Wolverines had three different running backs rush for TDs (Timakis Bell 2, Ledrick Patterson, Demetrius O’Briant), while Damien Britt recorded 16 tackles.
- TCPS 47, Jumpertown 13: The Eagles soared out to a 34-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. TCPS (4-3) quarterback Will Cockrell completed 3 of 4 passes for 132 yards and two scores.
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Calhoun City 48, Mantachie 21
Noxubee County 42, Amory 3
Eupora 42, Hamilton 21
Gentry 35, Saltillo 21
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