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BHS opens playoffs at Pascagoula

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Powering Brookhaven's offensive attack (from left, kneeling) Tyriq Reese, Garrett Smith, Damion Wilson, Trace Owens; (standing) Kentravis Tanner, Darrian Wilson, Coach Darien Dorsey, Zarian Harper and Jaleel Mitchel. The Panthers travel to Pascagoula for the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Powering Brookhaven’s offensive attack (from left, kneeling) Tyriq Reese, Garrett Smith, Damion Wilson, Trace Owens; (standing) Kentravis Tanner, Darrian Wilson, Coach Darien Dorsey, Zarian Harper and Jaleel Mitchel. The Panthers travel to Pascagoula for the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Playoff season is in full swing with several local schools looking to advance Friday night.

In Class 5A, Brookhaven battled back after a 0-6 start to make the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in Region 3-5A. Ole Brook begins its playoff run on the road against Pascagoula in a battle of Panthers.

In Class 4A, Lawrence County crushed Columbia 40-21 last Thursday to advance and will host the second round of the state playoffs against East Central.

The North Pike Jaguars also clinched an opening round 23-13 victory over Forrest County last week and will travel to take on the Moss Point Tigers in round two.

In Class 3A playoff action, Franklin County thumped St. Andrews 38-10 in the opening round. The Bulldogs visit East Mississippi Community College to battle the Kemper County Wildcats.

The Hazlehurst Indians crushed the Crystal Springs Tigers 38-0 last Thursday to move on and will entertain the Forest Bearcats at Robert McDaniel Sr. Stadium.

In MAIS playoff action, the Copiah Academy Colonels avenged an early season loss to Parklane last Friday and eliminated the Pioneers 7-0 in the opening round. The Colonels will travel Madison-Ridgeland Academy Friday to take the Patriots.

In other games of local interest, Bassfield hosts Union, Amite County visits Bay Springs, Salem invades Nanih Waiya and Natchez travels to Pearl River Central.

Brookhaven (4-7, 4-3), coached by Tommy Clopton, returns to the playoffs after defeating the Natchez Bulldogs 31-20 last week at King Field to clinch the No. 3 seed.

This week, the Panthers travel to Pascagoula. The Pascagoula Panthers (8-3, 6-1), coached by Lewis Sims, feasted on the Gautier Gators last week to end the regular season with a 17-9 victory.

Junior running back Reginald Hunter Jr. is the leading rusher on the season for Pascagoula with 1,255 yards on 209 carries and 12 touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Granlund Torjusen has thrown for 1,099 yards on the season with 70 completions on 143 attempts and seven touchdowns.

Torjusen has thrown to several different receivers this season, but his top receivers are Cartreal Davison and Jakwaize Walker. On the season Davison has 18 catches for 289 yards and Walker has 18 catches for 226 yards.

Defensively, Kalishawn Booker leads Pascagoula with 68 tackles on the season. Alden Davis has 64 total tackles. Matt Inlow and Gerard Finklea have 62 total tackles apiece.

BHS’ top performer last week against Natchez was Duke Leggett. He powered the Panthers’ ground attack with 15 rushes for 82 yards. Tyriq Reese contributed nine rushes for 76 yards. Kenneth Dixon had 34 yards rushing on nine carries.

Sevante Quinn completed 3-of-5 passes for 21 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He also rushed for 34 yards on nine carries.

Darrian Wilson was the top receiver for the Panthers with one catch for a 13-yard touchdown. Reese caught two passes for eight yards.

Defensively, Wesley Calcote directed the Panthers with 10 tackles. Jordan Blackwell contributed eight tackles. Jeffrey Johnson had seven tackles and 2.5 sacks. Dedric Smith provided seven tackles. Greg Watts and Willie Bates had five tackles each. Kenneth Bellamy intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.

My prediction: In a battle of Panthers, Brookhaven prevails 27-24.