In this photograph released by the Mississippi High School Activities Association, John Sewell, director of communication for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, presents the Gridiron Classic trophy to Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell after his team defeated Pascagoula 28-11 in the Class 5A high school football championship game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Mississippi High School Activities Association, Keith Warren)
JACKSON – Starkville captured its fifth state football championship – its first since 2001 – Saturday night with a 28-11 win against Pascagoula.
QB Gabe Myles scored two TDs, his second on a 1-yard sneak early in the fourth quarter to give his team a 17-point lead.
“It’s a wonderful way to end your senior year,” said Myles, a Mississippi State commit who accounted for 124 yards offense. “Last year our season was cut short. Our goal was to come back and win.”
The Yellow Jackets won, however, without teammate Devin Mitchell, who died from a gunshot wound in January.
“There was one star shining in the sky tonight,” a misty-eyed Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said, looking up. “He’s been there with us all night long.”