Urchins edge Lions in overtime

By NEMS Daily Journal

East Union won a wild overtime game, 52-50, Friday at Biggersville to improve to 2-0 in its first season of football.
“It wasn’t pretty but the kids never gave up,” said East Union coach Scott Duley.
Down by eight, the Urchins took advantage of a defensive pass interference call with no time left in regulation and junior quarterback D.J. Armstrong found Ty Ballard for a touchdown and tying conversion.
In OT, Broderick Montgomery scored from a yard out and added a 2-point run. Biggersville scored on its first play of overtime but dropped the tying two-point pass.
Also on Friday
Ripley 36, South Pontotoc 7: Ripley (2-1) scored 22 points in the third quarter to take a road victory against South Pontotoc.
Montrell Gray scored three TDs for the Tigers on runs of 3, 18 and 19 yards. QB Cody James added a 27-yard rushing TD.
John Austin Moore opened Ripley’s scoring with a 57-yard run in the first quarter.
South Pontotoc (1-2) scored its TD on a 19-yard pass to Davius Wilson from Alex Pannell.
Mooreville 40, Hatley 20: Josh Johnson ran for 73 yards and a touchdown and Hunter Berry had 53 yards and a touchdown for the Troopers (1-2).
The Troopers led 27-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at halftime.
Mooreville’s TDs came from six players. In addition to Johnson and Berry, Xavier Jackson, Channing Mitchell, Ben Johnson and Jordan Smith also scored rushing TDs.
Mantachie 47, New Site 26: Mac Grimes and Trent Ellis scored two TDs each to power the Mustangs (1-2). Grimes scored on runs of 1 and 44 yards while Ellis scored on runs of 43 and 54 yards. Hunter Holland and Austin Byrd also scored for Mantachie.
Tishomingo Co. 23, Belmont 21: Braves QB Blake Hawkins completed 6 of 13 passes for 102 yards, including a win-clinching 17-yard TD pass to T.J. Lambert in the fourth quarter.
Harris also added a 2-yard TD run, Austin Marlin a 64-yard TD run and Gable Butler kicked a 38-yard field goal for Tishomingo County (2-1).
Collins Harris had a 40-yard TD run for Belmont (1-1). Luke Alexander added a 6-yard scoring rush and Alexander Fancher a 2-yard score for the Cardinals.
North Pontotoc 52, East Oktibbeha 13: Vikings QB Trey Jolly threw five TD passes to lead North Pontotoc (2-1).
Jolly’s scoring passes went to Ben Shannon (22 and 18 yards), Marcus Green (23 and 37) and Murphey Daniel (46). Jolly also scored on a 1-yard rush. Green capped the Vikings’ scoring with an 80-yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter.
Smithville 21, H.W. Byers 10: J.T. Pitts scored three ways against H.W. Byers to help keep the Seminoles (3-0) unbeaten.
Pitts scored on 15-yard fumble return in the second quarter to tie the game at 8-8. He added the go-ahead TD on a 19-yard pass reception from Drew Lann in the fourth quarter.
He added his final TD on a 38-yard pass interception return.
Walnut 21, Alcorn Central 14: Walnut (1-2) trailed 6-0 early, but rallied for its first win of the season.
Devonte Bell scored TDs on runs of 8 and 34 yards for the Wildcats. Shawn Thornton opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard run.
Alcorn Central (1-2) scored first on an 8-yard run by Ethan Spears. The Bears added a score on a 2-yard Josh Berry run.
Marshall Acad. 48, Immanuel 0: The Patriots (3-0) won on the strength of three TDs by Devon McGregor, who had 151 yards rushing.
Two of his TDs came on runs of 47 and 60 yards. He opened the scoring with a 25-yard pass reception from QB Dakota Dailey, who scored on runs of 5 and 17 yards, and passed for 39 yards to Aaron McAlexander for another TD. Vaughn Watson added a 3-yard score for the Patriots.
Water Valley 38, Calhoun City 21: The Blue Devils (3-0) scored in the first quarter on a 40-yard Gerard Williams and never looked back.
QB Chakel Gates produced all three of Calhoun City’s (1-2) TDs, one on a pass and two on runs of 6 and 25 yards.
Calhoun Acad. 48, Marvell Acad. 6: Kyle Carter scored five TDs to lead the Cougars (3-0).