CHS, East both win on the road Friday night
Columbia and East Marion both notched road playoff wins Friday night, extending their seasons another week – and setting up two home games in Marion County next Friday.
Columbia 28, Crystal Springs 20
It took four second-half takeaways, but Columbia (10-2) was able to withstand a comeback bid to top Crystal Springs 28-20 in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
The Wildcats advanced to the 3A quarterfinals and will host Jeff Davis next Friday.
At Crystal Springs, Kentrel Bullock had three first-half touchdowns to lead CHS to a 22-6 halftime lead. But the Tigers stormed back with 14 unanswered points to make it 22-20.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 28-20 on an Omarie Johnson 22-yard touchdown, and Dylan Henry and Jamison Kelly both had late interceptions to seal the deal.
The win sets up a big rematch with Jeff Davis, the defending 3A state champions. The Jaguars blew out Velma Jackson 53-14 Friday night in Bassfield.
Columbia had defeated Jeff Davis 14-12 on Oct. 12 in Columbia, overcoming a 12-0 first-quarter deficit.
The rematch will again be at home for the Wildcats because they are the higher seed (No. 2 versus No. 3 for Jeff Davis) and both teams have hosted one playoff game already.
East Marion 26, Noxapater 0
The Eagles (7-5) pulled of an upset on the road in the first round of the 1A playoffs, shutting out Noxapater 26-0.
They’ll need another strong effort next week as they host Region 4 No. 1 seed Lumberton (11-1), which defeated Leake County 38-6 Friday night.