AREA ROUNDUP: Wildcats romp in 2A playoffs’ second round

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At Walnut, Calhoun City romped to a 21-0 lead and never looked back, winning 43-6 to advance to the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Chakel Gates threw touchdown passes of 62, 68 and 21 yards, the last two to Bryton Sykes.

Carlton McBride scored on runs of 3 and 1 yards, and Lavarrious Varnado added a 3-yard touchdown run for Calhoun City (9-3).

Walnut was playing in the second round for the first time in four years.

The Wildcats scored the game’s final points on a 10-yard run by Kylan Crum in the fourth quarter.

Walnut ends its season 10-4.

Lafayette County 7, Greenwood 0: At Oxford in Class 4A, Tyrell Price’s 4-yard run in the third quarter was the game’s only scoring as the Commodores improved to 8-5 and eliminated a 10-win team.

Pearl 33, West Point 20: At Pearl in Class 5A, Mississippi State commit Aeris Williams accounted for all three Green Wave touchdowns scoring on runs of 1 and 15 yards and with a 24-yard pass. West Point finishes at 7-5.

Starkville 14, Grenada 7: At Starkville in Class 6A, Grenada cut a two-touchdown deficit n half in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

Starkville (9-3) scored in the second quarter on Princeton Jones’ 13-yard pass to LaDorrious PIttman and in the fourth quarter on Jacquez Horsley’s 20-yard run.

Marshall Academy 35, Benton Academy 28: At Holly Springs, Marshall held off a Benton rally to advance to next weeks Class A championship game at Mississippi College. Dakota Dailey threw three touchdown passes for Marshall.

Charleston 56, Aberdeen 41: At Charleston in Class 3A, Aberdeen was outscored 35-13 in the second half after leading 28-21 at the intermission. The Bulldogs’ season ends at 7-5.

Shelby Broad Street 47, Falkner 29: At Broad Street in Class 1A, Jase Stroupe’s heroics were not enough for the Eagles, who finished 7-5. Stroupe had 200 rushing yards on 25 carries.

Hamilton 27, Mound Bayou JFK 26: At Mound Bayou in Class 1A, the Lions improve to 9-3 and advance to the second round with touchdowns from Quinshay Heard, Keshon Heard, Pallas Fair and Domonique Dobbs.