At Hernando, Oxford’s Guy Phillips passed 23 yards to Deante Smith late in the fourth quarter to rally the Chargers to a 16-15 win in Region 1-5A in area high school football action Friday.
Hernando had a chance to win on a 36-yard field goal with 5 seconds left. The attempt was moved back 5 yards after a pre-snap penalty.
Oxford improved to 3-5, 2-2.
Hernando (6-2, 3-1) had taken the lead on Chad Jones’ 4-yard run earlier in the fourth.
- New Hope 6, Saltillo 0: At Saltillo, the visiting Trojans (6-1, 4-0 Region 1-5A) got the winning points on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saltillo dropped to 3-5, 0-4.
-Ripley 37, Belmont 28:The Tigers are back on track.
After losing their first two division games by a combined three points, Ripley High exploded for 23 points in the third quarter to win comfortably at home over Belmont.
“We’re still not hitting on all cylinders because we have to play with a different group of players every week, but we found a way to win,” said Ripley coach Mac McCurry, whose team was ranked second in the Journal’s Class 3A rankings to start the season but struggled due to injuries. “It’s a division win and we’ll take it.
“It’s one we need for our young people.”
The Tigers (3-5, 1-0 Division 1-3A) kept their hopes alive for a winning season and a third-place finish in their division thanks to the running of Devin Jones. Jones rushed 10 times for 130 yards and two scores, including a 70-yard scamper to start the third quarter.
Ripley quarterback Acie Vance got into the act with nine rushes for 85 yards, with 65 of those coming on a touchdown run nearly halfway through the third quarter.
“Ripley made some big plays in the second half, with some long runs,” said Belmont coach Kenny Moody. “We didn’t tackle like we should and that allowed them to make plays.
“I give them credit, they’re a well-coached team.”
Gage Smith had 18 carries for 108 yards and one touchdown for Belmont, while teammate Dustin Poole scored on 10- and 2-yard runs in the second half.
- Smithville 41, Coldwater 0: At Coldwater, Smithville scored all its points in the first half and easily remained unbeaten.
Twins Antwune Freeman and Datrune Freeman scored two touchdowns each for the Seminoles (7-0, 4-0).
- Coffeeville 40, TCPS 9: At Coffeeville, the Eagles (3-5) fell behind 20-0 in the first quarter before getting on the board with an 84-yard pass play from Will Cockrell to Dallas Finley.
- Lafayette County 14, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 7: At Fort Walton Beach, the Commodores fell behind in the first quarter, but Dominique Price scored from 6 yards out in the second quarter and from 4 yards out in the fourth quarter. Lafayette improved to 7-1, and Fort Walton Beach dropped to 6-2.
- Corinth 38, Alcorn Central 0: At Corinth, Deonta Herman ran eight times for 130 yards and three touchdowns and had two catches for 47 yards and another touchdown.
Herman also played big on defense with six solo tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
Corinth (5-3, 3-0) closed the scoring on a 57-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, tying a school record with the sixth non-offensive touchdown of the season.
- Walnut 40, Mantachie 14: At Mantachie, Walnut scored 27 points in the first quarter and cruised to the Division 1-2A win. Shaquille Perry scored on an 82-yard run and a 30-yard fumble return before the first 12 minutes expired. Kenneth Fanger and Dominique Steele also scored first-quarter rushing touchdowns.
In the second quarter, Mark Peterson and Brett Clifton scored rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats (6-2, 2-1).
Dalton McMillen threw two touchdown passes for Mantachie, a 20-yarder to Shawn Thompson and a 55-yarder to Jeremy Warren.
- West Point 43, Lake Cormorant 0: At West Point, the Green Wave (6-1) rolled with 28 points in the second quarter.
Michael Carr scored on a 20-yard run and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Justin Cox, both in the second period.
Cox also had a 25-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bush, and the Green Wave got touchdown runs from Jackobie Lee, Stefon Branham and Markarios Sears.
- Booneville 20, Kossuth 6: At Booneville, the Blue Devils held their guests scoreless until late in the fourth quarter as they remained perfect on the season.
Booneville (8-0, 3-0, Division 1-3A) quarterback Jerion Jones passed 23 yards to Alex Cook in the first quarter and teamed with Tre Welch on an 89-yard pass play in the second quarter. The Blue Devils also scored on a 9-yard run by Bo Brown.
Kossuth, which dropped to 1-7 and 1-2, avoided the shutout when Wesley Box passed 25 yards to Daniel Cooper.
- Calhoun City 28, Hatley 0: At Calhoun City, J.R. Jennings passed 40 yards to Demarius Howard and scored on a 4-yard run to lead the Wildcats (4-5, 2-1). Howard had a 44-yard touchdown run, and Tevin Hall scored on a 9-yard run.
- Houlka 43, New Site 0: At Houlka, Terrence Ford scored on runs of 35 and 8 yards to lead the Wildcats (3-5). Lorenzo Jones, Kevin Stanfield and Brandon Griffis also scored rushing touchdowns for Houlka. Dante Turner scored on a 38-yard pass from Garret Moore, and Conner Easterly scored on a 55-yard fumble return.
- Water Valley 33, South Pontotoc 19: At Springville, Water Valley pulled away in the third quarter when D.C. Logan scored on a 2-yard run and Chris Conrad scored on a 33-yard fumble return.
Conrad also scored the game’s first points with a 27-yard catch of a Josh Johnson pass.
Johnson would then score on a 2-yard run, and Torrey Horton followed with a 16-yard run as Valley built a 19-6 first-quarter lead.
South Pontotoc (3-6) got three TD passes from Wesley Barefield.
- Baldwyn 27, Bruce 7: At Bruce, Baldwyn won its third straight after dropping its first five games. It was a 7-7 game in the third quarter when the Bearcats took the lead for good on a 2-yard run by Tanner Gaines.
Baldwyn (3-5, 3-0 Division 1-2A) scored twice in the fourth quarter.
- Itawamba AHS 28, Tishomingo County 7: At Iuka, Mihkail Miller threw touchdown passes of 34 yards and 7 yards to Dillon Mitchell and scored himself on runs of 1 and 6 yards. Itawamba improved to 8-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 1-4A.
- Wheeler 28, Biggersville 22: At Biggersville, a 12-point second quarter that included two safeties proved to be the difference in the game.
The first went out of the end zone on a bad snap on a punt. The second safety came when a Biggersville player was tackled in the end zone.
Biggersville began the game with a bang when Trey Clark returned the opening kick 72 yards for a touchdown, but Wheeler answered with a 36-yard pass from Woodruff to Jaz Chinault.
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