The East Side Trojans survived a scare against the Leland High School Cubs in Region 4-3A on Friday on homecoming at Leroy Byars Field.
The Trojans improved to 7-0 with a perfect 1-0 mark in the region, while the Cubs fell to 2-5. East Side led 30-6 at halftime, but the Cubs battled back to pull to within two points at 30-28. East Side scored two touchdowns late in the game to seal up the win.
Quadre Butler rushed for 150 yards with two touchdowns on 24 carries, while Jonathan Clerk-Beamon completed 5-of-11 passes for 86 yards with two scores to lead the East Side offense. Brandt Williams led all East Side receivers with four catches for 61 yards with a touchdown.
On defense, Kamien Lucas had a fumble return for a touchdown, while Jamarcus Burns blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.
Michael Hurns and Edgar Eatmon recorded 10 tackles each to lead the East Side defense. Hurns also had an interception.
East Side will return to action on Friday when the team travels to Itta Bena to take on Leflore County in another Region 4-3A contest.
West Bolivar 39, South Delta 32
The West Bolivar Eagles edged out the South Delta Bulldogs in a Region 4-2A contest Friday night in Rolling Fork.
The Eagles improved to 5-2 with a 1-0 mark in the region, while South Delta fell to 5-1 with an 0-1 mark in the region.
Trevoris Hampton led the Eagles’ ground game with 122 yards rushing on 17 carries with three touchdowns, followed by William Lloyd with 115 yards with a touchdown a touchdown and Kylan Johnson with a touchdown run. Johnson also completed 3-of-3 passes for 16 yards.
Dennis Pendleton had a touchdown on special teams by returning a punt 45 yards for a score. Ladarius Tucker had a PAT kick, while Lloyd caught a 2-point conversion pass to round out the scoring.
Lloyd led the Eagles’ defense with 11 total tackles, followed by Kawonski Williams with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
West Bolivar will return to the football field on Friday when the team hosts O’Bannon. Eagles’ fans will also be encouraged to wear pink in honor of individuals that survived or lost their battle with breast cancer.
Cleveland 45, Gentry 18
The Cleveland High School Wildcats came up big in their first Region 3-4A game of the season by blasting the Gentry High School Rams Friday night at Indianola.
The Wildcats improved to 5-2 with a perfect 1-0 mark in the region. Gentry fell to 4-3 with an 0-1 mark region.
The Wildcats rushed for 354 yards with five touchdowns on 41 carries. Vaughnte Dorsey led Cleveland’s offense by rushing for 235 yards with three touchdowns on 14 carries and completing 2-of-3 passes for 38 yards with a touchdown.
Cleveland’s defense held New Albany to just 85 yards of total offense.
The Wildcats will return to the football field on Friday when they travel to Belzoni to play Humphreys County in another region game.
JFK 46, Coahoma AHS 0
The John F. Kennedy Hornets won their third game in a row by hammering the Coahoma AHS Tigers in Region 3-2A action Friday night in Clarksdale.
The Hornets improved to 4-3 with a 1-0 mark in the region, while the Tigers fell to 1-6.
Carnez Gant rushed for 100 yards with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion on six carries to lead the Hornets, followed by 65 yards with two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion on 15 carries and Jarvis Lewis with a touchdown run. Quarterback Ladaris Johnson completed 2-of-7 passes for 54 yards with an interception and rushed for 25 yards with a touchdown on seven carries to round out JFK’s offense.
French Camp 52, Ray Brooks 0
The Ray Brooks Tigers came up short against the French Camp Academy Panthers in Region 2-1A action Friday night at French Camp.
The Tigers fell to 1-5 with a 1-1 mark in the region, while French Camp improved to 4-2 with a 3-0 mark in the region.
The Tigers will return to action when they host Coffeeville in Benoit for another region game Friday night.
Sharkey 56, NSA 6
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels fell to 0-7 as they lost to the Sharkey Issaquena Confederates Friday in 8-man football action Friday night at Drew.
The Rebels started the game on fire as Kyle Blackwell threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Joseph to start the game out, but they couldn’t hold the momentum.
Sharkey improved to 4-3.
NSA will hit the gridiron again on Friday as the Rebels hit the road to Macon to play Central Academy in District 5A action.
McEvans Jr. High 38, M.S. Palmer Jr. High 16
The McEvans School Warriors in Shaw defeated M.S. Palmer Thursday 38-16. The Warriors trailed Palmer 16-14, but in the second half the Warriors stepped things up and held Palmer scoreless in the second half.
Reginald Scott led McEvans with 233 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns and three two-point conversions. Dakiaris Clark had 60 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Ricky Lunford Jr. finished the game with 23 yards on six carried and two touchdowns. Clark led the defense with seven tackles, Lunford Jr. had sox tackles and Scott added five tackles to the win.
JFK Jr. High 18, Ruleville Middle 0
The John F. Kennedy Jr. High Hornets improved to 5-0 Thursday with the shutout win over the Ruleville Middle School Bulldogs. JFK led the game 6-0 at halftime.
JFK will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Clarksdale to play Oakhurst.