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Nester quarterbacks Lake over Bogue Chitto Bobcats

LAKE – Hornet senior quarterback Jake Nester rushed the football16 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns Friday night and poweredLake to a 42-14 win over the Bogue Chitto Bobcats in the firstround of the Class 1A state football playoffs.

Lake improved its record to 7-4 with the win and Bogue Chittofinished with a 5-7 worksheet. Lake will face Dexter, a 14-8 winnerover Scott Central, Friday night in the second round of the 1Astate playoffs

“Their quarterback (Nester) had several long runs,” said BogueChitto head coach Carl Cole. “It was a 12-point difference with himscoring two touchdowns.”

Nester scored on a 57-yard touchdown run early the first quarterfor a 7-0 lead with 6:10 left.

Bogue Chitto came back to score a two-yard touchdown by DenardFerguson. Bobcat quarterback Jacob Leggett connected to JohnathonCutrer for the two-point conversion and gave Bogue Chitto an 8-7lead at the 1:57 mark.

Lake scored on a 21-yard TD to go to up 13-8 early in the secondquarter.

On the ensuring kickoff, Ferguson broke loose for an 80-yardscore. The run for two points failed as Bogue Chitto took a 14-13lead.

The Hornets came back with another touchdown late in the secondquarter to take a 19-14 advantage at halftime.

In the third quarter, Lake tacked on two more touchdowns,including a 77-yard burst by Nester, to push its lead to 34-14. Inthe final frame, the Hornets added one more touchdown for the 42-14win.

“They (Lake) were a real good football team,” said Cole. “We gotbeat on the line of scrimmage all night long.”

Leggett completed 4 of 9 passes for 82 yards and was interceptedonce. Scott Edwards caught two passes for 65 yards and Cody Wallacehad two catches for 38 yards.

On the ground, the Bobcats rushed the football 38 times for 111yards. Michael Blackwell led with four rushes for 52 yards. Cutrercarried 11 times for 25 yards. Denard Ferguson rushed 13 times for22 yards.

On defense, Ace Wallace led the Bobcats with six tackles. Makingfive stops was John Wallace. Barrett Wallace recovered afumble.