Friday Night Lights: West-CHS on an unbeaten collision courseBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
The stage is set for an undefeated matchup between West Marion and Columbia Thursday as both won Friday night to remain perfect. Meanwhile, East Marion improved to 5-2 and stayed perfect in Region 8-2A with a road win over St. Patrick.
Magee at West Marion
Magee arrived in Foxworth with an explosive offense averaging close to 50 points per game, but West Marion’s defense, which has been historically good through seven games, shut them down to lead West to a 12-7 victory.
West Marion (8-0, 2-0) started the game with an impressively imposing 11-play drive that featured 10 runs by five different ball carriers and was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown by Jeremiah Holmes. Magee (7-1, 1-1) answered midway through the second quarter and took a 7-6 lead with Chandler Pittman scoring on a 6-yard quarterback sweep.
A 54-yard catch and run by Qavonte Swanigan set up a Larry Magee 14-yard touchdown run to put West Marion up 12-7 going into halftime.
Both teams put together a pair of long drives in the second half but couldn’t find the end zone. West Marion was forced to punt with three minutes remaining, but Magee’s Josh Sanders muffed it and Larry Magee recovered to allow West Marion to run out the clock.
West Marion will make the short trek across the Pearl River Thursday to take on rival Columbia (7-0, 2-0) for the Marion County Football Championship.
Columbia at Jeff Davis County
A 23-point second quarter by the Wildcats sparked Columbia to a 36-22 road victory over JDC to avenge last season’s third-round exit in the postseason.
Kentrel Bullock opened the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 5-yard score to begin the second. Following a JDC rushing touchdown, Bullock scored again, this time from 25 yards out to put the Wildcats up 22-7. Then Bullock did it once again, racing to the end zone from 55 yards out for his fourth touchdown just before halftime.
Jeff Davis scored on its opening drive of the second half before the defenses held firm until the middle of the fourth quarter when Bullock scored touchdown No. 5, a 48-yarder. Jeff Davis scored with two minutes remaining to make it 36-22, but it was too little too late.
East Marion at St. Patrick
The Eagles wasted no time jumping on the Fighting Irish with 16 points in the first quarter and 24 in the second to cruise to a 40-17 win on the road.
East Marion will be at home next week as it plays host to Collins (2-5, 1-0), who beat North Forrest 16-0 Friday night.
Pictured Above: West Marion's Jordyn Mahaffey and Jartavious Martin combine to make a tackle for loss against Magee Friday night. | Photo by Joshua Campbell