Football roundup: BHS whips South Jones; Hornets, Bobcats fall on road
Published 10:00 am Saturday, November 6, 2021
Brookhaven High 45, South Jones 23
A monster night by sophomore running back Xavier Gayten helped Brookhaven High put a bow on the 2021 regular season with a big road win Thursday in Ellisville over South Jones.
Gayten carried the ball 17 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior Javonta Stewart caught a TD pass and also snagged an interception for BHS. Quarterback Dre Ross passed for a score and ran for a score as well.
Senior Marvis McDaniel recovered a fumble for BHS and sophomore Jimmy Johns Jr. made a team high five tackles — two for a loss — for the Panthers.
Sophomore kicker Bryce Smith went 6-of-6 on PAT attempts and also made a 37-yard field goal for Ole Brook. Smith’s one punt of the night netted 57 yards and was also downed inside the 20-yard line.
BHS now can only wait as their playoff seeding won’t be determined until a winner is declared between Hattiesburg and Laurel in a game scheduled for Saturday night. A win by Laurel in the 100th meeting between the rivals for The Little Brown Jug would give BHS a home game next week in the MHSAA 5A opening round.
Hattiesburg can gain second place with a win, forcing BHS to play on the road next Friday.
Pisgah 31, Loyd Star 20
The Pisgah Dragons ran out to a 19-0 halftime lead Friday that Loyd Star could never overcome in their MHSAA 2A first round matchup.
The win moves the Dragons (4-7) on to the second round to face Newton High (8-3). Loyd Star coach Brian Ford and his team finish the 2021 season with a 10-2 record and were Region 7-2A champs for the second time in four years.
Pelahatchie 44, Bogue Chitto 23
Pelahatchie never trailed Friday as they took a 26-7 lead into halftime over Bogue Chitto in the MHSAA 2A first round game. The Bobcats and coach Gareth Sartin finish the season with an 8-3 record.
The Chiefs (6-5) will be on the road in the second round playing at Philadelphia High (5-6).
McComb 26, Lawrence County 20
The homestanding McComb Tigers were able to outlast Lawrence County Friday night in an MHSAA 4A first round game. LC led 14-12 at halftime.
McComb (5-3) will meet Mendenhall (8-3) in the second round while Lawrence County and coach Jesse Anderson end the 2021 season with a 6-5 record.
Mount Olive 46, Enterprise 26
In a Thursday season ender for both teams, it was the Mount Olive Pirates (6-4) who took a 20-point win over the visiting Enterprise Yellow Jackets (4-7).
Bay Springs won Region 4-1A with a 7-0 record. Following were Taylorsville (6-1), Lumberton (4-3), Richton (4-3), Mount Olive (3-4), Resurrection Catholic (2-5), Enterprise (2-5) and Salem (0-7).
Tylertown 44, Wesson 6
The Tylertown Chiefs (11-0) remain unbeaten after racing past Wesson Friday in a MHSAA 3A first round playoff game.
The Cobras (4-6) and coach Jeremy Loy trailed 26-6 at halftime. Tylertown will next meet Union High (5-6) in the second round.