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Cougars take 11-game streak on the road

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / LCHS JUNIOR - Juniors playing football for the Lawrence County Cougars are (from left, front row) Charl'Tez Nunnery, Josh Knight, Drew Nelson, Walt Lowe, Andrew Beverly; (middle row) Kemarcus Brown, Quitten Brown, Zevohn Smith, Marcus Atterberry, Azar Myles;(back row) Gage White, Jarquez Nichols, Malik Dampeer, Corbin Lewis, A.J. McLaurin and Kenjaric Cunningham. The Cougars invade Vancleave to battle the Bulldogs in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / LCHS JUNIORS – Juniors playing football for the Lawrence County Cougars are (from left, front row) Charl’Tez Nunnery, Josh Knight, Drew Nelson, Walt Lowe, Andrew Beverly; (middle row) Kemarcus Brown, Quitten Brown, Zevohn Smith, Marcus Atterberry, Azar Myles;(back row) Gage White, Jarquez Nichols, Malik Dampeer, Corbin Lewis, A.J. McLaurin and Kenjaric Cunningham. The Cougars invade Vancleave to battle the Bulldogs in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Two local teams – the Lawrence County Cougars and the Hazlehurst Indians – are still alive in their quest for a state championship in Week 14 of high school football.

In Class 4A playoff action, Lawrence County eliminated East Central 26-20 in double overtime last week to advance. This week will be their first road test in the playoffs as the Cougars travel to Vancleave to battle the Bulldogs.

On the other side of the South Class 4A bracket, St. Stanislaus visits Moss Point.

In Class 3A playoff action, the undefeated Hazlehurst Indians scalped the Forest Bearcats 18-0 in the second round of the playoffs at Robert McDaniel Sr. Stadium last Friday. This week, the Indians will also be on the road for this first time in their playoff run as they travel to Foxworth to take on the West Marion Trojans.

On the opposite side of the Class 3A bracket, Collins entertains Kemper County.

In other MHSAA south playoff action, Petal hosts Brandon and Meridian entertains Oak Grove in Class 6A.

In Class 5A, Pascagoula visits Laurel and Wayne County travels to Pearl River Central. In Class 2A, Lake host Bay Springs and Taylorsville entertains Bassfield. In Class 1A, Lumberton invades Nanih Waiya and Stinger host Resurrection.

In the MAIS playoff race several teams will be fighting for the state championship. Millsaps College will host three championship games today and Mississippi College will host two championship games Friday night.

In today’s action, Christian Collegiate battles Tallulah Academy for the 8-man championship at 10 a.m. In Class A-AA, WCCA faces Tri-County at 1 p.m. In Class AAA, Silliman Institute battles Indianola Academy at 6 p.m..

In Friday’s matchup, Oak Forest Academy faces Washington School in Class AAAA-D2 action at 12 p.m. In Class AAAA-D1, Madison-Ridgeland Academy battles Jackson Prep at 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence County (12-1, 5-0),  under the direction of second-year head coach Jaymie Palmer, survived a physical battle last Friday, defeating the East Central Hornets to advance.

This week, the road to the state championship gets even tougher as they Cougars look to extend their 11-game winning streak against the Vancleave Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (7-7, 3-2), coached by Lavon Capers, eliminated the Mendenhall Tigers 15-0 in the first round and held on to defeat the Purvis Tornadoes 20-17 in the second round.

Senior quarterback Parker Bourque is the leader behind center as he has completed 48-of-109 passes for 647 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions. He has rushed for 324 yards on 120 carries for the season.

Senior running back Dylon Mallette is the top rusher for the Bulldogs with 946 yards on 208 carries. Cade Posey is the second leading rusher on the season with 550 yards on 83 carries. David Capers has contributed 417 yards rushing on 96 carries.

Posey is also one of the primary targets at receiver as he as caught 20 passes for 332 yards on the season.

Defensively, Capers is the leader with 150 tackles on the season. Jesse Waltman is the second leading tackler with 128 tackles on the season. Tristan Glass has 91 tackles on the year.

LCHS’ top offensive performer last week against East Central was junior running back Quitten Brown. He scored the winning touchdown in double overtime on a nine-yard run. Brown finished with 104 yards rushing on 18 carries. Rykendrick Harness had seven carries for 35 yards.

Charl-Tez Nunnery completed 5-of-9 passes for 111 yards and rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries.

Defensively, T-Tez Cole had a monstrous performance last week as he piled up a whopping 28 tackles. Harness contributed 12 tackles. Quitten Brown provided 11 tackles. Oliver Moreman, Brandon Armstrong and Kemarcus Brown had nine tackles each. Marcus Kees finished with eight tackles.

My prediction:  Lawrence County prevails 28-24.