West Bolivar survives Okolona
The West Bolivar Eagles improved to 8-3 on the year with a 6-1 mark at home Friday with a 13-6 win over the Okolona Chieftains in the first round of the 2A State playoffs.
"I am proud of them considering where we started the year at," West Bolivar head football coach Joac Williams said. "They've bought in and worked hard even when people counted them out. They've worked to put themselves in a good position."
West Bolivar led 7-0 at halftime. Tyshawn Conway rushed for 51 on nine carries and completed 6-of-10 for 139 yards with one touchdown to lead the Eagles, followed by Leonardo Brown with 39 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and one catch for 45 yards, Deguadereck Rice with four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown and Ladarius Tucker with a PAT kick.
Defensively, Tucker led the Eagles with seven solos and seven assists for 14 total tackles with one sack, followed by Larry Walker with eight solos and three assists for 11 total tackles and an interception, Rice with two solos, one assist for three total tackles and two interceptions, Keenan Neal with seven solos, three assists for 10 total tackles and Rodriguez Bush with six solos and five assists for 11 total tackles.
The Eagles’ defense has played great in the stretch as the team has given up just 34 points over the last seven games.
"Those guys practice toward reaching that goal of being the best defense in 2A,” Williams said. “They pride themselves on playing defense. We try to get all 11 on the ball."
The Chieftains ended their season at 5-5.
The Eagles will now face Mantachie in the second round. Mantachie defeated Strayhorn 41-14.
The Eagles will host Mantachie at 7 p.m. Friday in Rosedale.
3A State Playoffs
Ruleville season ends
The Louisville Wildcats ended the Ruleville Central Tigers season with a 69-0 thumping on Friday to open the first round of 3A playoff action. Ruleville ended its season at 2-9. Louisville, at 12-0, has advanced to face Water Valley in the second round. Water Valley defeated Kossuth 47-15 in the first round. Louisville could be on a collision course with the East Side Trojans. If East Side beats North Panola Friday and Louisville beats Water Valley, the two will play in the third round.
Shaw 62, McAdams 0
The Shaw ended the regular season on a high note winning their last five games to improve to 7-4, with a 6-2 mark in Region 2-1A.
With Friday's blowout win over McAdams, the Hawks secured a third place finish in the region and will travel to play the Smithville Seminoles (8-3) at 7 p.m. Friday. Andre Pruitt led the Hawks' offense by completing 3-of-4 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 43 yards on two carries with a touchdown. Rickey Lunford completed 3-of-3 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown; Lekia McRoy had one carry for a 47-yard touchdown, and Dakiarus Clark, Reggie Scott and Justin King scored a rushing touchdown each. Fred Bryant caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown; Keveon Shepherd, Jr. caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and Malik Walker had two catches for 72 yards to round out the Hawks’ offense.
Lerandel Allen recorded 11 tackles to lead Shaw’s defense, followed by Xavius Loggins and King with eight tackles each, Justice Clay with seven tackles, Travelle Ware with six tackles, Trey King with five tackles and a sack and McRoy with an interception.
Shaw will travel to Smithville on Friday for the first round of the 1A State Playoffs.
Durant 19, Ray Brooks 6
The Ray Brooks Tigers saw their season come to an end Friday with a loss to the Durant Tigers on the road in Region 2-1A action.
Tevin Carter rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries and caught two passes for 15 yards to lead the Tigers, followed by Syderrick Maiten with 83 yards passing on 5-of-16 completions, Broderick Moore with 51 yards on five carries, Jamarcus Marshall with three catches for 68 yards and Lewis Caldwell with a rushing touchdown.
On defense for Ray Brooks, Walter Mister and Lewis Caldwell recorded 11 total tackles each to lead the Tigers.
Ray Brooks ended the season with a 2-9 record with a 2-6 mark in the region.