Thursday Night Lights: CHS, West, East victorious

By JOSHUA CAMPBELL,

All three Marion County teams in action Thursday night were victorious with Columbia remaining undefeated, West Marion picking up its ninth win and East Marion clinching a district title.

Columbia vs. Seminary

The Wildcats (9-0, 4-0) cruised through their ninth win of the season, beginning with Teshonne Franklin picking off a Seminary pass on the first play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Kentrel Bullock was in the end zone on a 17-yard run on a toss sweep.

Late in the second quarter, Omarie Johnson broke off a 56-yard run to the Seminary 1 after trucking a defender and breaking into the open field. Bullock capped off the drive with a 2-yard score to give Columbia a 13-0 lead going into halftime.

Columbia wasted no time adding to the lead on the opening drive of the second half as Bullock added touchdown No. 3 on a 24-yard run. On the Wildcats’ next drive, it was Johnson who got into the end zone on a 3-yard carry up the gut to make it 25-0.

Johnathan Wiltz punctuated the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Jamison Kelly intercepted a pass late to put the cherry on top.

Columbia travels to Magee next Friday with the Region 8-3A title on the line.

West Marion at Tylertown

Despite having several key playmakers out, the Trojans (9-1, 3-1) jumped on the Chiefs (3-7, 0-4) big in the first half and coasted to a 42-13 road victory.

West Marion closes out its regular season next Friday at home against Seminary (5-5, 1-3).

East Marion at North Forrest

The Eagles (7-2, 4-0) clinched the Region 8-2A title with an 8-0 road win over North Forrest (3-6, 1-2) in a defensive stalemate.

East Marion got on the board in the first quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run by Jadarrius Mallard that proved to be all the offense the Eagles needed. East Marion made two goal-line stands in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

East Marion has a bye next week and will host a playoff game Nov. 8 as a No. 1 seed in the Class 2A playoffs.

Pictured Above: Columbia's Omarie Johnson breaks off a 56-yard run. | Photo by Joshua Campbell