Warriors rally from 20-0 deficit to even record

By NEMS Daily Journal

Pontotoc rallied from a 20-0 deficit in the first quarter to defeat Tishomingo County 36-29 in their Division 1-4A game.
The Braves (3-5, 0-2) scored quickly on a 16-yard interception return by Hunter Pounders, an 18-yard pass to Kyle Wood from Trevor Hawkins and on a 92-yard run by Blake Hawkins.
The Warriors fumbled on their first three possessions.
Pontotoc (4-4, 1-1) answered with a pair of 6-yard TD runs by John Hall. Hall’s 4-yard TD run and Tre Freeman’s 45-yard scoring pass from Marcus Reed in the fourth quarter gave the Warriors the winning edge.
Deonte Dilworth, who added a 2-point conversion run for Pontotoc, finished with a game-high 217 yards rushing on 14 carries. Hall added 67 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Also on Friday
Lafayette 35, Rosa Fort 6: Commodores running back D.K. Buford scored on a 43-yard pass reception and an 11-yard run to lead the state’s No. 2-ranked Class 4A team.
Buford caught his TD pass from QB Brandon Mack for the Division 2-4A game’s first points. Lafayette (7-1, 2-0) returns to league play next week when it travels to New Albany.
Houston 55, Caledonia 21: Quon Brand scored on runs of 3, 32 and 98 yards to lead the Hilltoppers (7-1, 1-1) to a 4-4A win. Chris Thornton added a 65-yard punt return for Houston while QB Sharone Wright added TD runs of 1 and 4 yards.
Center Hill 21, Saltillo 20 OT: QB Andrew Soper scored on a 3-yard run in overtime, but Saltillo missed its extra point conversion attempt.
Soper threw a 63-yard TD pass to A.J. Hunt in the first half for the Tigers (5-2, 2-1) in their 1-5A loss. Saltillo’s other TD came in the second half on a 10-yard run by Tyler Tollison.
Center Hill scored its winning TD on a pass.
Vardaman 40, Coldwater 32: Rams QB Cody Jenkins rushed for two TDs and passed for two more in his team’s 1-1A victory.
Jenkins connected for 7 and 25 yards to Tae West through the air. He added TD rushes for 1 and 7 yards. Donta Walker added a 4-yard TD run.
Vardaman (4-3, 4-0) remains unbeaten in division play.
Calhoun City 49, Walnut 6: QB Chakel Gates threw two TD passes and rushed for another to lead Calhoun City (3-4, 1-1) to its 1-2A win.
Gates passed 10 yards to Ryne Lee and 30 yards to Lavarious Maynard. He added a 23-yard TD run. Jadarius Glass returned a fumble 22 yards for a TD for the Wildcats.
Bruce 68, Hatley 0: Bruce QB Davis Brown threw three TD passes and scored on a 1-yard run to lead the Trojans to a 1-2A victory.
Bruce (6-2, 2-0), ranked No. 5 in the state in 2A, also got three TDs from Shaq Bush. One came on a 54-yard punt return in the second quarter. D.J. Glaspie added two late TDs on runs of 32 and 55 yards for the Trojans.
Potts Camp 58, Immanuel 14: Jamarquis Foster rushed for 182 yards on 10 carries and scored three TD to lead the Cardinals (6-1). Foster’s scoring runs covered 14, 17 and 62 yards.
Jordan Harris scored Potts Camp’s first TD on a 38-yard run. He finished with 102 yards rushing.
Aberdeen 52, Nettleton 6: Sammie Burroughs caught an 85-yard TD pass from Josh Williams and Kenric McCoy returned an interception 92 yards to paydirt to give Aberdeen (6-2, 2-0) an early lead in its 2-3A win.
Williams scored on runs of 6 and 20 yards for the Bulldogs.
Water Valley 47, South Pontotoc 20: Water Valley, the state’s No. 5 Class 3A team, scored 44 first-half points in its 2-3A win.
The Blue Devils (7-1, 2-0) got three TD passes from QB Jonathan Kent. They covered 38 yards to P.T. Person, 20 to Dylon Zinn and 26 to L.J. Hawkins.
Smithville 53, Biggersville 6: Neil Knight and J.T. Pitts scored two TDs apiece for the Seminoles (4-1, 3-1) in their 1-1A victory.
Knight had a 20-yard run and caught a 40-yard pass from Drew Lann. Pitts scored on runs of 34 and 44 yards.
Marshall Academy 40, H.W. Byers 0: Marshall Academy (6-2), on the strength of two TD runs by Zach Pritchard and a 23-yard interception return by Vaughn Watson, rolled.
Aaron McAlexander had a 50-yard punt return in the second half for the Patriots.
Starkville 23, Ridgeland 0: Preston Baker scored TDs on runs of 1, 2 and 28 yards to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 3-0) to a 2-5A win. Taylor Wise added a 27-yard field goal for Starkville.
Thrasher 28, Tupelo Christian 0: Logan Dodds, Luke Walden, Henry Roberson and Cody Potts all scored TDs for the Rebels (5-1, 3-1) in their 1-1A win.
Calhoun Academy 44, Briarfield 24: The Cougars (8-0) remained undefeated with their win over the Louisiana school.