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Hazlehurst visits Wilkinson Co. for South 3A Title

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Hazlehurst head coach Randal Montgomery and his Indians are ready to defend their reign in Class 3A football as they invade Woodville to tangle with the Wilkinson County Wildcats tonight.

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Hazlehurst head coach Randal Montgomery and his Indians are ready to defend their reign in Class 3A football as they invade Woodville to tangle with the Wilkinson County Wildcats.

Plenty of high school football still remains as local fans search for the most interesting game to watch in week 15 of the Friday Night Lights football frenzy.

Only one area team is still alive in the playoff hunt for a state championship. The defending 3A state champion Hazlehurst Indians will be looking to make history as they battle for their third straight 3A South State championship against a familiar Region 7-3A opponent, the Wilkinson County Wildcats, in Woodville.

Brookhaven has concluded their 2013 football season after a heart-breaking 28-14 loss to the Laurel Golden Tornadoes. Ole Brook is excited to start preparing for the upcoming season.

In other south state championship action, Meridian is at Oak Grove in 6A, Picayune visits Laurel in 5A, Quitman invades Forrest AHS in 4A, Bassfield hosts East Marion in 2A and Stringer welcomes French Camp.

In the North state championship games, Tupelo entertains South Panola in 6A action, Callaway at Oxford for 5A action, Lafayette County invades Cleveland in 4A, Charleston hosts Louisville in 3A, Baldwyn welcomes Calhoun City in 2A and Smithville visits St. Aloysius in 1A action.

All winners will advance to play in the State Championship games Dec. 6 and 7 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson. Here is a look at the state championship schedule.

Friday, Dec. 6, Class 1A kicks off the action at 11 a.m., Class 2A at 3 p.m. and Class 6A at 7:30 p.m. In Saturday contests, Class 3A starts at 11 a.m., Class 4A at 3 p.m. and Class 5A at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations to MAIS championship winners: Simpson Academy won the Class AA state championship, Natchez Trinity Episcopal claimed the Class A State championship, Jackson Prep captured another Class AAA Division 1 State championship, Lamar School won the Class AAA Division 2 championship, Sharley-Issaquena Academy took the Eight Man Championship

Hazlehurst (13-1, 5-0),  coached by Randal Montgomery, is excited to be playing football Friday night after braveing the harsh elements of Mother Nature this week to prepare for a tough contest against the Wilkinson County Wildcats.

The Indians and Wildcats are no strangers to each other as they have to battle one another year after year in Region 7-3A football action.

This year both schools went through their region schedule undefeated, which set a huge stage for the Region 7-3A champion in Woodville. On Oct. 18, Hazlehurst managed to outscore Wilkinson County in an offensive slugfest 58-40 to basically secure the region championship.

This week will be their second meeting in Woodville for another huge matchup. The Indians will be fighting to claim their third straight south state crown and secure a state championship appearance. Wilkinson County is looking to snap Hazlehurst’s reign in Class 3A football.

The Wildcats (11-3, 4-1) are coached by Kenneth Brown

Key players for Wilkinson County are: senior quarterback Devin Voorhies with 2,112 passing yards and 1,788 rushing yards; senior running back Ladarian Peterson with a 1,000 rushing yards; senior receiver Allenzae Staggers with 1,200 yards receiving.

Defensively, Rashawn Montgomery is considered the hardest hitter for the Wildcats with 65 tackles; LaWrence Smith has 57 stops on the season; Peterson has 59 tackles, and Frank Johnson has 52 tackles on the season.

A look at Hazlehurst’s top performers last week:

Offensively, Jarvis Warner paced the Indians completing nine-of-16 passes for 134 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.

D’Alex Rockingham led the ground attack with 76 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Dycelious Reese was the top receiver for Hazlehurst with three catches for 69 yards and 59 yards rushing on six carries.

Defensively, Michael Miller was the top hitter for the Indians with nine tackles. Dycelious Reese had three tackles and intercepted two passes. Dedric Reese and Cyrus Goodwin also intercepted a pass each.