2A Football Championship: West Bolivar beats East Marion, 26-7

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Jovious Wade rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown as West Bolivar beat East Marion 26-7 to claim the Mississippi High School Athletics Association Class 2A state championship.

It’s the fourth state title for West Bolivar and its first since 2007. The Eagles forced seven East Marion turnovers.

Demario Brown sealed the game for the Eagles on Friday with a 46-yard fumble return in the third quarter to give West Bolivar a 19-7 lead.

Demarrion Haynes also had a rushing touchdown for West Bolivar (15-1), which finished with 243 total yards.

Xavier Grindle scored East Marion’s only touchdown on a 78-yard pass from Deandrey Johnson in the first quarter. Grindle also rushed for a team-high 69 yards. East Marion finished with a 13-2 record.