South Panola beats Meridian 28-7 for 6A title

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.

Friday’s Games

Class 1A
State Championship

Mount Olive 20, Durant 14

Class 2A
State Championship

Lumberton 26, Calhoun City 24

Class 6A
State Championship

South Panola 28, Meridian 7

Saturday’s Games

Class 3A
Aberdeen (14-1) vs. Forest (14-0), 11 a.m.

Class 4A
Lafayette (15-0) vs. North Pike (14-1), 3 p.m.

Class 5A
West Point (13-1) vs. Brookhaven (9-4), 7 p.m.

Read more about these games in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.