FNL Playoff Edition: CHS, East, West dominate; CA outBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
Columbia, East Marion and West Marion all advanced to the second round of the playoffs tonight with blowout home victories, while Columbia Academy was eliminated on the road in a close second-round matchup.
East Marion-58 West Lincoln-21
West Lincoln struck first with 14 points early with a fumble returned for a touchdown and a long touchdown run, but the Eagles (8-2) rallied to score 44 unanswered points to pull away.
Devin Daniels got East Marion going with a 39-yard touchdown run before the Eagles recovered an onside kick and scored two plays later on a short Ja’Quarious Jones run to tie it 14-14 going into the second quarter. Daniels gave the Eagles the lead midway through the second quarter on a 6-yard run on a quarterback sweep that put East Marion up 22-14 going into halftime.
Daniels started off the second half with an interception that he returned 50 yards for a pick-six to make it 30-14. Then Jones scored his second touchdown of the night with a powerful 23-yard scamper. Daniels continued his dominance with a 1-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to make it 44 unanswered points for the Eagles.
The Bears scored midway through the fourth quarter, but Daniels wanted to add a little extra icing to the cake. He slow played a kickoff return before accelerating, juking a defender and turning on the jets for a 74-yard touchdown. The Eagles added insult to injury on the final play of the game as West Lincoln’s center snapped it over his quarterback’s head, and Demetrius Allen scooped it up and scored as time ran out to make it 58-21.
The Eagles will play host to Scott Central (9-2) in the second round next Friday. Scott Central beat Bay Springs 12-6 tonight.
West Marion-56 Wilkinson County-6
Wilkinson County was no match for West Marion’s defense as the Trojans continued their dominance on that side of the ball. Wilkinson County scored on the first play from scrimmage, but West Marion (11-1) immediately took back the momentum and controlled the rest of the game.
Jartavious Martin got the Trojans going early with a rushing touchdown, then Jeremiah Holmes followed suit with one of his own on a grown man run to put West Marion up 14-6 with 5:34 remaining in the opening quarter. Midway through the second quarter Holmes connected with Qavonte Swanigan on a seam route for a passing score. Following a Trojans interception by Larry Magee, O’Marion Husband got in on the action with a touchdown on a jet flip from Holmes. Then Swanigan intercepted a Wilkinson County pass and took it to the house for a pick-six that made it 35-6 going into halftime.
Octavious Harvey opened the second half with a rushing score with 9:50 remaining in the third quarter. Then Harvey blocked a Wilkinson punt, setting up a Magee rushing touchdown. Blake Lowery scored the first touchdown of his prep career on a short run with 8:30 to go in the fourth quarter to make it a 50-point game.
The Trojans will be going on the road for the second round to take on Yazoo County (10-2) Friday night. The Panthers defeated Southeast Lauderdale (3-8) 27-20 tonight.
Columbia-41 Franklin County-0
The Wildcats (11-0) came out the gates firing on all cylinders and scored all 41 of their points in the first half against Franklin County before going to a running clock in the second half.
Omarie Johnson opened the floodgates with a 54-yard run to get in the red zone then bulled his way to pay dirt for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. A Daquan Ball sack forced Franklin County to punt, then Johnson turned on the jets again for a 48-yard touchdown.
KD Andrews picked off a pass for Columbia and set up a 9-yard rushing score by Jonathan Wiltz, giving the Wildcats a 21-0 advantage going into the second quarter. Josh Brown got in on the action with a dynamic 72-yard touchdown run, and Daqwan Jones added to the big lead with a 1-yard score. With less than a minute to play in the second quarter, Teshonne Franklin picked off his fourth pass of the year and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-0.
Columbia will remain at home next week and host Velma Jackson (7-4) in the second round. The Falcons blew out Morton (4-8) 54-6 tonight.
Riverfield Academy-38 Columbia Academy-26
The Cougars (3-8) struck first on their opening drive and converted the two-point try to take an early 8-0 lead, but the Raiders (11-0) outlasted Columbia Academy to eliminate the Cougars from the playoffs.
Riverfield responded late in the first quarter with a short touchdown run and tied the game with a 2-point conversion. Attempting to score before the end of the first half, CA quarterback Ras Pace was picked off with two minutes remaining to give the Raiders the ball inside CA territory. Riverfield capitalized on the great field position and took a 16-8 lead with a 15-yard touchdown pass. However, the Cougars came roaring back and scored in less than a minute with Pace connecting with Kris Ginn for a 5-yard score. The Cougars failed to convert the two-point try and trailed 16-14 at the break.
The Raiders opened the second half with a touchdown drive and held the lead for the remainder of the game.
Columbia Academy finished its season 3-8.
Pictured Above: East Marion senior Devin Daniels eludes a West Lincoln defender Friday night. The quarterback had three rushing touchdowns, a pick-six and a kickoff returned for a touchdown. | Photo by Joshua Campbell