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November 10, 2012

Roundup: Tornadoes roll into Class 3A third round

MERIDIAN —     Jacardius Griffin scored three touchdowns and Philadelphia beat Wilkinson County 34-14 Friday to advance to the third round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs for the second straight season.

    "It's a huge deal," Philadelphia coach Teddy Dyess said. "And I think this was our best game yet, from offense to defense to special teams. For it to be our 13th game and still improving, that's fantastic."

    The Tornadoes, who improved to 13-0, took the lead in the first on Griffin's first score from 1 yards out. The junior running back added scoring runs of 9 and 4 yards in the second quarter, each time putting Philly up by two scores. In between those touchdown runs, Wilkinson County got a 22-yard scoring pass from Devin Voorhies to Damon McMorris.

    "These guys have been in a lot of big games and so when they made their run, we didn't hit the panic button," Dyess said.

    Philadelphia then pushed the lead to 34-6 with a third-quarter touchdown pass from Romon Gray to Anthony Triplett and a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown from Kaleb Moore. WC added another Voorhies touchdown pass, this time to Allenzae Staggers late.

    The Tornadoes travel to West Marion, a 50-9 winner against McLaurin, on Friday with a trip to South State on the line.

    "Can't wait," Dyess added. "In the playoffs, it's all about survive and advance. We survived and advanced and now go to West Marion and we're excited about it."

— Jamie Wachter

MAIS Class A

Newton County Academy    32

Riverfield (La.) Academy    26

    The third time was the charm for the Generals as their third straight trip to the second round of the MAIS Class A playoffs finally netted a trip to South State.

    The Generals, who moved to 8-4, led by two scores late when a bad snap on a punt gave the Raiders a short field. After the Riverfield touchdown, NCA recovered the onsides kick and ran out the clock.

    Regan Reiss led the Generals with 210 yards and scoring runs of 24, 35 and 18 yards on 19 carries. Zack Meeks added 37 yards and a 4-yard touchdown run on 16 carries, while Thomas Jones rushed for 36 yards on three attempts. Tanner Smith completed 4 of 12 passes for 54 yards and Alex Harrison recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

    "This is big," NCA coach Robert Roberts said.

    The Generals will travel to Wilkinson County Christian Academy next week after WCCA beat Heidelberg Academy 30-0.

— Jamie Wachter

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