from staff reports
The Meridian Star
Another Breland Bowl and another Union victory.
For the second straight year, the Yellowjackets edged Lake to win the battle between coaching brothers Brad and Jeff Breland, winning 8-7 at home Thursday. And for the second straight year, the win gives Union control of the Division 5-2A championship race.
“It was a real good game,” Brad Breland said. “It was a defensive struggle.
“To have lost all the seniors we did, there was a lot of people doubting us and telling our kids they wouldn’t even win three games. So for us to be sitting here with a chance to win the region championship, I’m just tickled to death for them.”
Union, which improved to 7-2 and 3-0 in the division, got its chance for the division crown with a score on its first possession of the game. There, Jesse Gill hit Adrian Campbell on a 60-yard touchdown pass and James Huddleston then tacked on the two-point conversion.
Lake, which fell to 6-2 and 1-1, answered with its own score in the second quarter but couldn’t capitalize three other times when it drove inside the Union 10 as the Yellowjackets hung on.
— Jamie Wachter