By Journal reports
East Union is officially in the football business.
The Urchins, an independent this season, got a five-touchdown performance Friday from senior tailback Broderick Montgomery to defeat Hatley 45-20 on the road.
Montgomery scored on runs of 10, 14, 54, 56 and 90 yards for East Union.
Urchins quarterback D.J. Armstrong scored on a 75-yard kickoff return and threw a 35-yard TD strike to Vadale Rucker.
“This was huge for East Union,” coach Scott Duley said. “To be able to go on the road in our first game and compete, and win our first game is big.”
For Hatley, Deion Hampton scored on a 40-yard run, Austin Howell a 7-yard run and Collin Hester an 18-yard scamper.
Also on Friday
East Webster 30, Vardaman 14: DeAngelo Liggins scored on a 27-yard run and Marquez Reives added an 8-yard TD scamper to give the Wolverines a 14-0 first-quarter kickstart.
Liggins had an 8-yard run and John Williams a 25-yard run in the third quarter for East Webster points. Tyler Cosby kicked a 26-yard field goal for the winners.
Vardaman scored in the fourth on QB Donta Walker’s 4-yard run and his 59-yard TD strike to James Avant.
Houston 47, South Pontotoc 13: Quan Brand scored two touchdowns on runs of 9 and 11 yards, and Chris Thornton returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD in the second quarter to lead the Hilltoppers.
Brand rushed for 127 yards on 13 carries. Sharone Wright added a pair of 2-yard TD runs, Brandon Townsend had an 11-yard rushing score and Q. Lewis returned a pass interception 20 yards to the end zone.
South Pontotoc QB Alex Pannell threw TD strikes of 10 yards to Keith Flowers and 86 yards to Davius Wilson.
Oak Hill 13, Newton Co. Academy 6: The Raiders, winless at 0-11 last season, won their opener under first-year coach Daniel Merchant.
Drake Riley scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter and Kurt Huffman caught a 35-yard strike from Connor Baird for Oak Hill’s scores.
Okolona 33, Houlka 0: Terrence Ford had a big night, contributing 14 points on two TDs and a safety.
He returned a punt 42 yards to paydirt in the first quarter, added a 25-yard scoring reception in from Tyson Eddie in the second quarter, and recorded a safety before the half.
Running back Dequin Babbit rushed for 86 yards and scored TDs on runs of 7 and 36 yards for the Chieftains. William Johnson also had a 45-yard TD run.
Potts Camp 32, H.W. Byers 6: The Cardinals scored all 32 points in the second half to win.
Potts Camp QB Jordan Harris had TD strikes of 6 and 37 yards to Brantley Harris. Jesse Shaw returned a fumble 42 yards, Jamarcus Foster had a 4-yard run and Jarvis Jones a 1-yard run for TDs.
Pontotoc 24, Velma Jackson 6: Four players scored for the Warriors, including Deonte Dilworth, who had a 37-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Colton Bramlett added a 4-yard TD run, Marcus Reed threw a 28-yard pass to Sy Holly and Jeb Millender kicked a 22-yard field goal.
Falkner 34, Middleton, Tenn. 13: Sophomore running back Jereamie Lawrence scored four TDs, one on a 50-yard run to lead the Eagles, ranked No. 4 in the Journal’s 1A-2A rankings. He also added scoring runs of 1, 5 and 7 yards.
Calhoun City 47, Coffeeville 14: Sophomore QB Shakel Gates scored three TDs, one on an 85-yard kickoff return, to lead the Wildcats. Gates also scored runs of 2 and 35 yards.
Oxford 28, Grenada 22: Oxford rallied from a 12-0 first-quarter deficit for its win against 6A Grenada.
Nick Brown’s 18-yard TD reception from Conrey Meagher gave the Chargers their winning edge. Brown also returned a fumble 29 yards for a score.
Caledonia 50, Nettleton 7: The Confederates spoiled Mike Scott’s return to the sideline with a 43-point home victory.
Columbus 21, Aberdeen 0: Aberdeen lost on the road to the 6A Falcons in head coach Mark Bray’s coaching debut with the Bulldogs.