High School Football State Championships

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Today’s Games

Class 3A
Hazlehurst (13-1) vs. Charleston (13-2)
• Kickoff: 11 a.m.
PLAYOFF ROAD:Hazlehurst beat Heidelberg 41-12; beat Collins 21-14; beat Philadelphia 18-13; beat Seminary 46-28.
Charleston beat Belmont 60-6; beat Aberdeen 20-0; beat Kossuth 58-0; beat East Side 44-34.
THE BUZZ:Hazlehurst’s lone loss was to 6A Brookhaven, 7-6, in the season’s third game. … Charleston lost its first two games to 6A Southaven and 5A Oxford. … Hazlehurst RB Demetrius Cain has rushed for 1,744 yards, 22 TDs. … Indians QB Kenneth Coleman has completed 82 of 140 passes for 1,215 yards, 8 TDs. … Charleston QB Antwan Wilson has rushed for 1,195 yards, 13 TDs and passed for 1,322 yards, 16 TDs. … RB Percy O’Bannon has rushed for 1,878 yards, 26 TDs. … LB Trevoris Meeks has recorded 82 tackles to lead the Tigers.

Class 4A
Laurel (13-1)
vs. Lafayette (15-0)

• Kickoff: 3 p.m.
• PLAYOFF ROAD: Laurel beat Lawrence County 49-21; beat Greene County 42-20; beat Tylertown 21-18; beat Quitman 28-15.
Lafayette beat Leake Central 46-7; beat Greenwood 53-8; beat Louisville 28-6; beat Amory 35-7.
• THE BUZZ: Laurel’s lone loss was to 6A power Oak Grove, 17-6. … Lafayette, the defending state champion, opened its season with a 40-11 road victory against 6A Tupelo. … Laurel QB Dontrael Pruitt has completed 184 of 317 passes for 2,980 yards, 36 TDs. … Tornado RB Virzil Tillman has rushed for 1,435 yards, 19 TDs. … LB Defond Bester has recorded 199 tackles. … Lafayette QB Jeremy Liggins has completed 77 of 127 passes for 1,575 yards, 15 TDs. He has rushed for 840 yards, 17 TDs. … RB Demarkus Dennis has 239 rushes for 2,247 yards, 26 TDs. … LB Jamel Dennis leads the Commodores with 142 tackles.

Class 5A
Picayune (12-2)
vs. Starkville (12-2)

• Kickoff: 7 p.m.
• PLAYOFF ROAD:Picayune beat McComb 35-6; beat Pascagoula 20-14; beat Pearl River Central 45-10.
Starkville beat Hernando 42-28; beat West Point 20-14; beat Ridgeland 28-7.
• THE BUZZ:Picayune opened its season with back-to-back wins against 6A foes Gulfport and Petal. … Starkville lost in the regular season to West Point, 33-12, then beat the Green Wave in the state quarterfinals. … Picayune RB Deronte Magee has rushed for 1,834 yards 14 TDs. … QB Ben Hickman has completed 48 of 89 passes for 1,115 yards, 13 TDs. … Starkville QB Gabe Myles has passed for 1,867 yards, rushed for 849 and accounted for 29 TDs. … DE Dennis Ware has recorded 67 solo tackles, 14 tackles for losses and 2 sacks.