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Pascagoula ends Panthers’ run

Daily Leader / April Clopton / Brookhaven's defensive back Wesley Calcote (7) works to bring down Pascagoula's running back Reginald Hunter (10) in Friday night Class 5A playoff action.

Daily Leader / April Clopton / Brookhaven’s defensive back Wesley Calcote (7) works to bring down Pascagoula’s running back Reginald Hunter (10) in Friday night Class 5A playoff action.

PASCAGOULA – The Brookhaven Panthers traveled to Pascagoula Friday night with high hopes of pulling off an upset in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. But instead, Pascagoula ended Ole Brook’s run with a 36-8 victory.

“I’m very proud of our players and coaches for working hard to get us into the playoffs after a tough start to the season,” said BHS coach Tommy Clopton. “I would like to wish our 2015 senior class all the best in the future. I have no doubt they possess the character and resiliency to be successful no matter what path they choose in life.”

Pascagoula scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard run by Reginald Hunter Jr. in the first quarter. Pascagoula attempted to add the extra point, but Ole Brook blocked it.

Daily Leader / April Clopton / Prior to the opening kick, Pascagoula held a special ceremony to honor former graduate Keith Joseph Jr. who died in an accident last week. Brookhaven's Darrian Wilson (9) and Pascagoula's Jonathan Boulton (9) met at midfield wearing Joseph's No. 9 Friday night.

Daily Leader / April Clopton / Prior to the opening kick, Pascagoula held a special ceremony to honor former graduate Keith Joseph Jr. who died in an accident last week. Brookhaven’s Darrian Wilson (9) and Pascagoula’s Jonathan Boulton (9) met at midfield wearing Joseph’s No. 9 Friday night.

In the second period, Pascagoula scored 10 unanswered points to build its lead to 16-0 at halftime.

Senior kicker Griffin Sublett led the charge as he nailed a 32-yard field goal.

On the following offensive possession by Ole Brook, Pascagoula’s Devonte Thompson blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, Ole Brook punched in a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Kenneth Dixon. Brookhaven was successful on its first and only attempt of the two-point conversion as Dixon ran it in to cut into Pascagoula’s lead at 16-8.

Pascagoula answered Brookhaven’s touchdown with 20-point explosion to secure the win.

Jakwaize Walker powered the attack with an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. After failing to make the extra-point, Pascagoula led 22-8.

In the final period, Pascagoula punched in two more rushing touchdowns. Marcus Haynes scrambled in a 7-yard run, and Hunter Collins had a 6-yard rushing touchdown.

Offensively, Dixon was the leader for Ole Brook with 71 yards rushing on 10 carries. Tyriq Reese had four rushes for 15 yards. Duke Leggett finished with seven carries for nine yards.

Darrian Wilson saw some action at quarterback for Ole Brook as he completed 3-of-4 passes for 10 yards. Sevante Quinn had five yards passing on 1-of-3 attempts.

Kentrevis Tanner was the top receiver with one catch for 12 yards. Reese caught two passes for nine yards. Tremail Richard caught one pass for five yards.

For Pascagoula, Walker led the charge with 19 rushes for 130 yards. He also completed 4-of-9 passes for 50 yards

Haynes was the second leading rusher with 28 yards on six carries.