The Cleveland High School Wildcats will go into playoffs with a lot of momentum as they defeated the Greenwood High School Bulldogs in a Region 3-4A showdown Friday at Greenwood.
The Wildcats, at 8-3, ended up finishing second in the region at 4-1, while Greenwood fell to 5-5 with a 3-2 mark in the region.
Di’Trayveious Russell made some huge plays for the Wildcats late in the game.
In the fourth quarter after Greenwood scored a TD to take a 15-13 lead. Russell returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown with Jason Young scoring the 2-point conversion to put Cleveland ahead 21-15. Two plays later, Russell returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. Trace Bray added the 2-point conversion to increase Cleveland’s lead to 29-15.
“Those were two huge plays,” Cleveland head football coach Kelly Causey said. “We played well. We had too many turnovers, but when Greenwood battled back we bowed up and beat them in the end.”
Greenwood scored one more touchdown, but never could regain the lead.
On offense, Young was Cleveland’s leading rushing with 129 yards on 23 carries, followed by Vaughnte Dorsey with 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and completed 1-of-5 passes for 29 yards. Marshall Boggs also rushed for a touchdown.
On defense, Dorsey, Boggs, Russell and Donivan Henderson each had interceptions.
Cleveland will host Lewisburg, the No. 3 seed from Region 2, in the first round of the 4A State Playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m. in Cleveland, while Greenwood, No. 3 seed, will hit the road to play Lafayette, the No. 2 seed from Region 2, in Oxford for the first round on Friday at 7 p.m.
JFK 50, West Talley 8
The John F. Kennedy Hornets dominated the West Tallahatchie Choctaws in Region 3-2A action Friday night in Mound Bayou.
The Hornets (8-3) closed out the regular season with a 5-0 mark in the region, marking the second straight year that they’ve gone unbeaten in the region.
Junior quarterback Ladaris Johnson had a great game throwing the ball by completing 4-of-6 passes for 108 yards with four touchdowns, while eighth grader Jakevius Dye completed 1-of-3 passes for 29 yards.
Carnez Gant was spectacular again as he returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown. He returned two punts on the night for 105 return yards rushed for 25 yards on just three carries to conclude his production.
Eugene Pruitt was another top player for the Hornets as he rushed for 120 yards with a touchdown and four 2-point conversion on 11 carries and caught a 41-yard TD pass, followed by Xavier Roberts with two touchdown catches for 42 yards, Jeremy Gant with a 25-yard TD catch and Alshajuan Foster with a 29-yard catch.
On defense, Carnez and Trevell Parris each recorded interceptions for the Hornets.
JFK will host Hamilton, No. 4 seed from Region 2, in the first round of the 2A State Playoffs at Mound Bayou Friday night.
Bayou 41, Hillcrest 6
The Bayou Academy Colts were on fire Friday night as they destroyed Hillcrest Christian in Cleveland.
Bayou improved to 6-5, while Hillcrest fell to 1-10. The Colts ran for 374 yards on 35 carries and finished up with 388 yards of offense.
Hunter Kovac led the Colts’ offense with 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, followed by Caleb Pilgrim with 101 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, Davis Dalton with 66 yards on eight carries and William Hood with 46 rushing yards on three carries with a touchdown.
On defense, Andrew Rogers recovered a fumble for a touchdown and finished up with five fumble recoveries and three sacks.
Bayou ended up finishing third in the District 1-A standings and ended up earning a berth in the Class A State Playoffs. The Colts are scheduled to play Benton Academy, the No. 2 team from District 2, on Friday for the first round in Benton at 7 p.m.
Strayhorn 16, Broad Street 12
The Broad Street Jaguars suffered their second loss in a row as they fell to the Strayhorn High School Mustangs in Region 3-2A action in Sarah Friday.
Broad Street fell to 6-4 and concluded the regular season with a 3-2 mark in the region, while Strayhorn improved to 9-2 and concluded the regular season with a 4-1 mark in the region.
Devante James led the Jaguars by rushing for 92 yards on 16 carries and completing 5-of-10 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ladarious Walker caught four passes for 130 yards with two touchdowns to Broad Street receivers. Cory Alexander rushed for 46 yards on seven carries to round out the offense.
On defense for Broad Street, Carmen Banger led the Jaguars with 10 total tackles including a tackle-for-loss, followed by Demarcus Alexander with 10 tackles, Walker with seven tackles and a fumble recovery and Jatavis Scott with seven tackles and a pass deflection.
Broad Street, a No. 3 seed in the 2A State Playoffs, will hit the road to play Ackerman, the No. 2 seed from Region 2, in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. Strayhorn will host East Webster, the No. 3 seed from Region 2, in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m.
McClain 20, Ruleville 12
The Ruleville Central Tigers were edged out the by the McClain Mustangs Friday night in Region 4-3A action at Lexington.
The Tigers fell to 2-9 with a 2-3 mark in the region, while McClain improved to 8-3 with a 3-2 mark in the region.
The Tigers ended up finishing fourth in the region and will hit the road to play Booneville, the top team from Region 1, in the first round of the 3A State Playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m. McClain finished second and will host Belmont, the No. 3 team from Region 1, in the first round at Lexington.