Clarkdale wins Region 5-2A title
By By Austin Bishop/EMG regional sports director
November 2, 2002
The Bulldogs of Clarkdale High School took care of their business on Friday night, scoring all of their points in the first half on the way to a convincing 41-0 Division 5-2A win over visiting Williams-Sullivan.
The win pushed the Bulldogs to 7-3 on the year, the most wins for a Clarkdale football team since an 8-2 finish in 1980. The win, coupled with Newton's one-point win over Scott Central on Friday night, gives the Bulldogs the Region 5-2A championship.
Clarkdale will now play host to Bay Springs in the first-round of the playoffs on Friday night.
Quinn Moffite opened the CHS scoring with a 32-yard run in the first quarter and David Prewitt added the point after. Kevin Matthews then scored on a 20-yard run, followed by a 34-yard run by Moffite. The two kicks by Prewitt made it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Cedric Burns opened the second-quarter scoring on an 11-yard run. The point after failed.
Matthews scored on a 10-yard run, then the Bulldogs wrapped up the scoring when Cedric Houston recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Prewitt hit on each of the last two extra points.
Williams-Sullivan fell to 0-10 on the season with the loss.
Wayne Academy 32
The Wayne Academy Jaguars opened up the MPSA Class A Playoffs in fine fashion on Friday night, rolling to a 32-0 win over Mississippi County Christian Academy.
The win pushes Wayne into the second round, most-likely on the road against the East Holmes-Strider winner.
Matt Brown rushed for three touchdowns and 81 yards on 13 carries to lead the 7-3 Jags to the victory. Wayne led 13-0 at the halftime, then scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter and a final six-pointer in the fourth.
WA opened the scoring on a 12-yard run by Matt Brown. The kick was no good. The Jaguars made it 13-0 on a 1-yard run by Patten Stanley and the extra point kick by B.J. Pitts.
Brown added scoring runs of 3 and 13 yards in the third quarter and Pitts booted one extra point to go up 26-0.
The last touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Brandon McDonald. The extra point failed.
The Bulldogs of Enterprise High School secured home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 14-0 win over homestanding Seminary on Friday night.
The win gives EHS second place in Region 7-2A and means the Bulldogs will host Newton in the first round of the playoffs next week.
EHS scored its first touchdown less than two minutes into the game when Adam Simpson scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Michael Swancey's kick made it 14-0. The scoring drive covered 60 yards on just four plays.
The Bulldogs went up 14-0 in the second quarter when Patrick McLaughlin gathered in a 24-yard scoring pass from Simpson. Swancey booted the PAT.
Kelly Jimmerson led EHS with 87 rushing yards on 14 carries, while Zeb Swain had 61 yards on seven carries. As a team EHS rushed for 223 yards and had 255 yards of total offense.
Swain led EHS with eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recover. Simpson picked off two passes, while Jimmerson had seven tackles, as did Zach Swain.
West Lauderdale 14
The homestanding Tigers of Carthage High School took third place in Region 5-3A and ended West Lauderdale's playoff hopes with a 21-14 win.
Carthage opened the scoring on a 2-yard run by Demar Gardner in the second quarter. Scott Wittington booted the point after to make it 7-0. West Lauderdale tied the game at 7-7 at the half on a 13-yard run by C. Jay Fountain and the extra point by Michael Pogue.
The Tigers went up 13-7 in the third on a 4-yard pass from Shawn Tangle to John Fortenberry. The kick failed.
West Lauderdale took the lead at 14-13 in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Fountain and the PAT by Pogue. But Carthage took the win on a 1-yard by Tangle and the two-point conversion run by Gardner.
West Lauderdale ends the season at 3-7, while Carthage improves to 4-6.
Neshoba Central 26
New Hope 0
The homestanding Rockets of Neshoba Central High School closed out their 2002 season with a shutout win over the Trojans.
The Rockets, now 2-8 on the season, had a pounding rushing game with two backs picking up more than 100 yards.
Andrew Robinson, who had 21 carries for 130 yards on the night, opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 26-yard run. The extra point was no good.
Robinson scored again in the first quarter, this time on a 24-yard run. the try for two failed making it 12-0 after 12 minutes of play.
Kevin Marshall dominated the second quarter, scoring on run of 20 and 21 yards. Kyle Vowell booted a pair of extra points to make it 26-0 at the half.
Marshall finished the game with 154 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Anthony Hopson led the Neshoba Central defense with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Choctaw Central 28
Southeast Lauderdale 19
The visiting Warriors took a 14-0 halftime lead, then held on for a 28-19 season-ending win to close out the year at 3-7. The loss dropped Southeast Lauderdale to 1-9 on the season.
Choctaw Central opened the scoring on a 52-yard run by Elliott Dan, with Anselm Henry kicking the extra point. The second quarter score came on a 12-yard pass from Henry to Rodgrick Anderson.
SEL got on the board in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by LaPatrick Carlisle. Drew Harper booted the point after to cut it to 14-7.
The Warriors responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Henry, who also added the point after to make it 21-7.
Courtney Granger hauled in a 75-yard scoring pass from halfback Andy Landrum. The try for two failed.
Choctaw scored on a 5-yard run by Dan late in the game, with Henry adding the point after. The last Southeast score came on a 60-yard pass play from Harper to Granger.
Dan rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries to lead Choctaw Central, while Henry had 90 yards on 13 attempts.