Tylertown too much for Brookhaven in opener

Published 10:00 am Saturday, September 11, 2021

Opposing coaches rave about the speed of the Tylertown Chiefs. Thursday in Walthall County the Chiefs ran around and through Brookhaven High on the way to a 32-22 win.

It was the third game of the season for Tylertown as they move to 3-0 with prior wins over Wesson and East Marion in 2021.

Brookhaven High was making their season debut after having a home opener against Lawrence County and a road game last week at Petal cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Brookhaven High quarterback Dre Ross ran for a score as did sophomore running back Xavier Gayten.

Junior tight end Brodie Ezell also recovered a fumble in the endzone for an Ole Brook touchdown.

Sophomore tight end Bryce Smith caught a 2-point conversion for the Panthers. A kicker and punter, Smith was 2-of-2 on PAT kicks.

The Wesson coaching staff thought Tylertown was one of the fastest teams they’d ever scouted when looking at the film of the Chiefs ahead of their season opener.

Senior wide receiver Jeremiah Dillon is committed to next play for Ole Miss. 6-foot-2, 180 pounds — Dillon also holds offers from the University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia and a host of other schools.

Wesson led Tylertown 30-6 in their game before Dillon almost single handily brought his team back in a 46-30 win.

Thursday it was more of the same as Dillon, quarterback Amerion Jefferson and running back Tyler Ellzey made big plays and long gains for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs gained 342 total yards in the win.

Tylertown led 22-7 at halftime.

“We’ve got to do the little things right,” said BHS coach Tucker Peavey after the game. “Tylertown is a great team and they’ve got some extremely fast guys, but we’ve got to be better. We didn’t run the ball in short yardage situations hard enough on 3rd-and-1 and we had a dropped pass before halftime when it felt like we had some momentum. It wasn’t a case of making adjustments at halftime, it was just us needing to play better”

Ross finished with 98 yards on 12 rushes and Gayten gained 55 yards on 15 carries.

Brookhaven will host McComb next week for their King Field debut. McComb has yet to play this season as the Tigers have had three games cancelled thus far.

Tylertown will host South Pike next week.