EDITOR'S NOTE — This article originally contained incorrect halftime and final scores between Meridian and West Lauderdale. The scores have been corrected. We regret the error and are happy to set the record straight.
What looked like it would be a comfortable win for West Lauderdale turned into a battle in the second half.
The Knights took a 30-12 lead into the half against Meridian, but the Wildcats’ offense exploded for 30 points in the second half. West Lauderdale did just enough to hang on and win 45-42 in Friday night prep football action.
West Lauderdale’s Jackson Parker finished 7 of 11 for 144 yards and two touchdowns passing, and Knights running back JJ Grant had 43 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Parker also rushed 12 times for 30 yards and a score, and Brett Busbea and Cooper Luke each had touchdown receptions for West Lauderdale. Busbea caught three passes for 38 yards, and Luke’s one reception was for 48 yards.
Jordan Nix led the Knights defensively with 11 tackles and an interception, and Dylan Brown had five tackles and one tackle for loss, while Jordan Gowdy finished with five tackles and two tackles for loss. Dillon Williamson finished with seven tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble, and Bradon Epting had five tackles, while Jett Calvert tallied four tackles and one forced fumble.
For Meridian, Jonathan Vaughn scored on a 71-yard run, while Daniel Hill had a 1-yard touchdown run and a 54-yard touchdown catch for the Wildcats. Hill also had a 70-yard touchdown run and an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Smith in the fourth quarter. Wildcats safety Christian Jones then had a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown as well.
Vaughn finished with 115 yards and two touchdowns for Meridian, while Hill added 78 yards and two touchdowns. Smith went 15 of 27 for 128 yards and two touchdowns passing for Meridian. Defensively, Jones finished with 4 1/2 tackles and an interception for Meridian, while linebacker Demondra Scott had 7 1/2 tackles for the Wildcats.
West Lauderdale (2-1) is scheduled to play at Southeast Lauderdale next week, while Meridian (2-1) is scheduled to play at Hattiesburg next week.
NORTHEAST LAUDERDALE 31, SOUTHEAST LAUDERDALE 6
Aaronyuoun Johnson had 24 rushes for 178 yards for Northeast Lauderdale, and Quon Simpson added 131 yards and two touchdowns rushing for the Trojans as they won at Southeast Lauderdale Friday.
Lorne Boyd Jr., Mike Coleman and Ivan Drummond each had an interception for the Trojans, with Coleman and Drummond both returning their interceptions for touchdowns and Trey Murphy scoring on a kick return for Northeast Lauderdale.
Defensively, Jamarrio Clayton had six tackles for the Trojans, while Malcolm Gowdy and Drummond both finished with four.
For Southeast Lauderdale, Christian Gray went 6 of 12 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers finished with just 34 yards rushing as a team, and Kwmaar O’Neal had seven tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble for Southeast Lauderdale defensively. Turner Horne had eight tackles and a forced fumble for the Tigers, and Russell Boykin finished with six tackles.
Northeast Lauderdale (1-2) is scheduled to play at Forest next week, while Southeast Lauderdale (1-2) is scheduled to host West Lauderdale next week.
CLARKDALE 41, ST. PATRICK 0
Clarkdale is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2015 as the Bulldogs won big against St. Patrick Friday at Clarkdale.
A 23-yard touchdown run by Mason Horne on the Bulldogs’ opening drive set the tone, and Horne added another touchdown with 3:50 left in the first quarter on a 14-yard carry.
Horne scored his third touchdown with 8:45 remaining in the second quarter on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Cal Culpepper, and Clarkdale took a 28-0 lead into the half thanks to a 7-yard scoring run by Drake Shirley with 4:13 to go before intermission.
“We wanted to come out strong and show them what we were about,” Horne said. “I think we did that pretty well, and I’m happy to get the win.”
The Bulldogs added a touchdown in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Shirley and another one in the fourth on a 7-yard carry by Isaiah Brown.
“I thought we played really well for 3 1/2 quarters,” Clarkdale head coach Jason Soules said. “We had a six-minute window in the third quarter where we got loose that we have to fix. Our goal is to play every possession the best we can. We’re 3-0, and at Clarkdale we’re going to be super-excited about 3-0 and enjoy it (Friday and Saturday), and on Sunday we’re back to 0-0 and go back to work and do what we have to do to go forward.”
Horne finished with 80 yards and three touchdowns rushing on six carries, while Shirley had 100 yards and two touchdowns on 16 rushes and Lance Rawson finished with 64 yards on eight carries. Culpepper went 3-for-5 for 60 yards and a touchdown passing and also rushed five times for 40 yards. Landon Belk had a 12-yard reception, and Brown finished with two rushes for 35 yards.
Defensively, Hawk Allen tallied three tackles for loss for the Bulldogs, and Parker Webb finished with five tackles, one for loss. Gavin Farmer had four tackles, and Eli Swearingen recovered an onside kick for Clarkdale.
Clarkdale is scheduled to play at Sebastopol next week.
ENTERPRISE 35, MIZE 0
Parks Burt had 60 yards and two touchdowns on seven rushes for Enterprise as the Bulldogs blanked Mize Friday.
Quarterback Derryon Gray scored on runs of 2 and 20 yards for Enterprise, and Zee Sims had a 20-yard scoring run for the Bulldogs as well. Gray went 1-for-1 for 51 yards passing and tallied 34 yards on four rushes, while Gavyn Dear rushed for 48 yards on 10 carries. Sims finished with 50 yards on four rushes for the Bulldogs.
Trace Roy had six carries for 54 yards for Enterprise and also finished with a tackle and three assists on defense. Isaiah Baum led Enterprise defensively with three tackles, four assists and one tackle for loss, and Dear tallied two tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.
Enterprise (2-0) is scheduled to play at Stringer next week.
RUSSELL CHRISTIAN 56, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 0
Micah Taylor went 6 of 7 passing for 195 yards and three touchdowns for Russell Christian Academy as the Warriors got a shutout win Friday on the road.
Kam Darden caught two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown for RCA, and Gabe Brinson had a 35-yard touchdown reception. JB Jones had two catches for 53 yards.
Johnny Wilson rushed twice for 40 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors, and Duke Moore had a 24-yard touchdown run, while Taylor scored on the ground from 7 yards out. Seth Garrett finished with five carries for 47 yards for RCA.
Defensively, John Benny Jones finished with 10 tackles and three assists for the Warriors, and Darden had two tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery he returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Seth Garrett had four tackles and an interception for RCA.
Jackson Prep 51, Lamar 14
Newton 30, Quitman 24
Kemper County 40, Forest 0
Columbus Christian 38, Kemper Academy 16
Scott Central 36, Newton County 13
Newton County Academy 56, Delta Academy 48
Leake Academy 48, Union 13
Philadelphia 40, Leake Central 39
Neshoba Central 45, Forest Hill 14