The Shaw High School Hawks slid by the St. Joe Fighting Irish in Region 2-1A football action at Shaw Friday night.
Shaw improved to 6-4 with a 5-2 mark in the region, while St. Joe fell to 6-4 with a 4-3 mark in the region.
Trailing 13-8, the Hawks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Andre Pruitt marched on a six-yard run with 4:20 left in the game and Reggie Scott followed up with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the contest to give the Hawks a 20-13 lead, which would be the final.
Pruitt completed 7-of-13 passes for 96 yards with no interceptions and rushed for 31 yards with a touchdown on 14 carries to lead the Hawks, followed by Justin King with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, Scott with 51 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and Malik Walker with four catches for 70 yards.
On defense for Shaw, Lerandel Allen led the Hawks with 14 tackles including a sack with a forced fumble, followed by Travelle Ware and Xavius Loggins with nine tackles each, King and Clay with seven tackles each and Keveon Shepherd with an interception.
The win puts Shaw in a tie for third in the region with St. Aloysius with one game to go. If the two teams finish tied for third, Shaw would win the tiebracker because Shaw beat St. Aloysius 28-26 earlier this year.
Shaw will travel to McAdams to conclude the regular season on Friday.
Ray Brooks 22, McAdams 0
The Ray Brooks High School Tigers picked up a big win on Friday by defeating the McAdams Bulldogs in Region 2-1A action at Benoit.
Ray Brooks improved to 2-8 with a 2-5 mark in the region, while McAdams fell to 1-10 with a 0-7 mark in the region.
The Tigers turned in a total team effort on both sides of the ball. Broderick Moore rushed for 48 yards on seven carries and a caught a 12-yard pass to lead the Tigers, followed by Jamarcus Marshall with two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, Syderrick Maiten with 68 yards passing yards and a TD on 3-of-8 passing and a two-point conversion, Jarvis Moore with 37 rushing yards and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, LaDarius Green with a rushing touchdown and Tevin Carter with a 2-point conversion.
On defense, Moore led the Tigers with nine tackles, followed by Carter and Eddie Gibson with an interception each, Lewis Caldwell with eight tackles and Walter Mister with six tackles.
Ray Brooks will conclude its season on Friday when the team host Durant in a region game.
JFK 44, Durant High School 6
The John F. Kennedy Hornets cruised past the Durant High School Tigers in Region 2-1A action Friday night in Mound Bayou.
The Hornets improved to 8-2 with a 7-0 mark in the region, while the Tigers fell to 4-6 with a 1-6 region.
The Hornets had a stellar passing attack as Ladaris Johnson and Jakevius Dye combined to complete 15-of-17 passes for 230 yards. Johnson, a senior, completed 10-of-12 passes for 184 yards with five touchdowns and an interception, while Dye, a freshman, completed all five of his passes for 46 yards and no picks. Johnson also rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown on two carries to lead JFK’s rushing attack.
Johnson was to throw touchdowns to five different receivers. Xavier Roberts caught four passes for 69 yards with a touchdown to lead all Hornet receivers, followed by Carnez Gant with a 42-yard touchdown catch, Damian Hodges with two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown, Ricky Fleming with three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown, Octavius Taylor with a 34-yard touchdown catch and Trevell Parris with two catches with 30 yards.
On defense, Roberts and Taylor grabbed an interception each and Hodges recorded a sack to lead the Hornets.
JFK will return to the football field on Friday as the team will travel to Shelby to play Broad Street. The Region 2-1A Title will be on the line.
Ruleville 22, McClain 0
The Ruleville Central Tigers was able to seal up a spot in the 3A State Playoffs by defeating the McClain High School Mustangs in Region 3-3A action in Ruleville Friday night.
Ruleville improved to 2-8 with a 1-3 mark in the region, while McClain ended its year at 3-8 with a 1-3 mark. Ruleville, McClain and Humphreys County finished the year tied for third, but Humphreys County and Ruleville were able to secure the third and fourth seeds in the 3A State Playoffs.
Markevion Quinn scored two touchdowns, while Duwan Harris scored once to lead the Tigers.
Ruleville will hit the road to play Louisville on Friday in the first round of the playoffs.
J.Z. George 7, West Bolivar 6
The West Bolivar High School Eagles suffered an upset as they lost to the J.Z. George Jaguars in Region 3-2A action Friday night at North Carrollton.
West Bolivar fell to 7-3 with a 4-1 mark in the region, while J.Z. George improved to 5-6 with a 3-2 mark in the region. The loss ended a 42-game in-region winning streak, which dated back to 2005. Even with the loss, the Eagles will still enter the playoffs as region champs and a number one seed.
West Bolivar got its only score of the night in the third quarter when Tyshawn Conway threw a touchdown to Lamarus Ursy to cut J.Z. George’s lead down to 7-6, but that was as close as the Eagles could get.
West Bolivar will host Okolona on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs.