By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Qyendairs Griffin rushed for 174 yards and scored three touchdowns as South Panola beat Meridian 28-7 in the Mississippi 6A championship game on Friday night.
Griffin rushed for touchdowns of 7 and 11 yards and also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass as the Tigers slowly pulled away after leading 7-0 at halftime.
Antonio Conner had two interceptions in the first half and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown in the second half. South Panola outgained Meridian 396 to 230 in total yards.
South Panola (15-0) continued its long-running dominance, winning a second straight state title and sixth in the last seven years.
Meridian (14-1) was led by quarterback Antoinne Atkins, who rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. The Wildcats were the last Mississippi team to beat South Panola — in the state title game in 2008.
Mount Olive 20, Durant 14
Lumberton 26, Calhoun City 24
South Panola 28, Meridian 7
Aberdeen (14-1) vs. Forest (14-0), 11 a.m.
Lafayette (15-0) vs. North Pike (14-1), 3 p.m.
West Point (13-1) vs. Brookhaven (9-4), 7 p.m.
Read more about these games in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.