Turnovers end Mustang playoff run

Football stockBy Zach Adams

Itawamba County Times

ROSEDALE – Mantachie committed three turn-overs and West Bolivar took advantage Friday night as the Eagles shutout the Mustangs 25-0 in a 2A playoff showdown.

West Bolivar scored 19 points off of Mantachie miscues, including a Dekeenan Boyd 55-yard interception return and Ladarius Tucker 60-yard fumble recovery to stifle the normally high-flying Mustangs.

“They came out and were the fastest team we’ve played and were really good on defense,” Mantachie coach Lynn Moore said. “It just snowballed on us. Our defense played great. (Defensive Coordinator T.J) Seago and those guys did a tremendous job.”

Mantachie (9-4) received the first possession and were driving until a tipped Dustin Carrell pass wound up in the arms of Deguadereck Rice. West Bolivar (10-3) took advantage of the turnover six plays later when Rice caught a 14-yard TD pass from Tyshawn Conway.

On the ensuing possession, Carrell was intercepted again, this time by Dekeenan Boyd who weaved his way 55 yards for a pick-six. Leanardo Brown later tacked on a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give the Eagles a 19-0 halftime advantage.

Mantachie had two drives enter the West Bolivar red zone in the second half, but were unable to score on either occasion. Ladarius Tucker capped the game’s scoring in the third quarter when he took a Clay Johnson fumble 60 yards for a TD.

“It was just one of those nights,” Moore said. “(West Bolivar) is a good football team. They are, without doubt, the best team that we have played.”