Southeast Lauderdale started district play off on the right foot Friday night, beating Kemper County 38-12.
The Tigers got things started in the first, when Dylan Willis intercepted a pass for and returned it to the end zone to put Southeast up 6-0.
Running back Javaris DeLoach would increase the lead for the Tigers later in the quarter, as he ran in a touchdown from 10 yards out to give Southeast a 12-0 lead after one quarter.
A 25-yard field goal by Southeast kicker Andrew Bernard followed by another touchdown by DeLoach in the second quarter would give the Tigers a comfortable 22-6 lead heading into the half. DeLoach would lead the Tigers on offense, running in three touchdowns on the day.
In the second half it was all Tigers, as Southeast scored on a Kemper safety before quarterback Andrew Black found wide receiver Jarrett Jenkins for a 50-yard
touchdown on a screen play in the third quarter.
“We have really been able to throw the ball well,” Southeast head coach Charles Black said. “That has really been our trademark these last few games and really for this season.”
Kemper (1-6) will host Choctaw Central next week, while Southeast (2-5) will host Philadelphia.
“It was a big district win for us,” Black said. “We have a real big test coming up against Philadelphia on Friday.”
Despite keeping the game close early on, Northeast Lauderdale High School fell to Quitman Friday night 34-12.
The two teams ended the first quarter tied at 0-0, and it looked as though Northeast would give the heavily favored Panthers a run for their money early on.
However, Quitman would score twice in the second quarter to go up 12-0.
The Trojans looked like they might get back into it when quarterback Josh Everett found Troy Neely on a 74-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 12-6 with 2:47 left in the half, but the Panthers struck right back scoring less than a minute later to head into the half up 20-6.
Quitman would continue to extend the lead in the second half, as the Panthers scored on their first possession of the third quarter to pull bury the Trojans.
“I preached to my kids that it was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter,” Northeast head coach Curt Blackburn said. “It went down hill, but we showed we can play with them.”
Quitman (6-1) will host Laurel next week, while Northeast (3-4) will travel to Newton County.