The Cleveland High School Wildcats battled hard and won a tough double-overtime game against Winona in the pouring rain Friday night at Winona.
Cleveland improved to 2-3, while Winona fell to 1-4. Both teams fumbled the ball a lot, but Cleveland did a better job of recovering their fumbles as they committed just one turnover, while Winona turned it over four times.
“When you have that rain like that, it’s tough and you have to play in it,” Cleveland High head coach Kelly Causey said. “I thought our kids did a good job of fighting through it and excepting the elements.”
The score was 0-0 at the end of regulation. The Wildcats attempted a 28-yard field goal but missed it.
In the first overtime period, Winona got the ball first and scored. Cleveland High answered right back as Andonte Maxie scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run to tie the game at 6-6.
In the second overtime period, Cleveland got the ball first. On fourth-and-one, Cleveland scored it second touchdown on a run by Vaughnte Dorsey. Trace Edwards kicked the PAT for Cleveland to make the score 13-6.
When Winona got the ball back, the Wildcats made a big play as Larry Douglas recovered a fumble to secure the win.
Cleveland finished with 211 yards rushing.
Maxie rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to lead Cleveland, followed by Dorsey with 17 carries for 51 yards with a TD.
Cleveland will be back in action on Friday as the team will host East Side.
Leland 22, East Side 0
The 3A East Side Trojans had a rough night as they were upset by the 2A Leland High School Cubs Friday night in Leland.
East Side fell to 3-2, while Leland improved to 4-1.
The Trojans racked up 342 yards of offense including 299 on the ground, but Leland was able to take advantage of three East Side turnovers. The Cubs had two fumble recoveries for a touchdown, one of which went for 99 yards. The Cubs also had another fumble recovery that set up a touchdown drive.
Quadre Butler led the Trojans with 159 yards rushing on 27 carries, followed by Dy’monquae Pate with 71 yards on seven carries and Jardarrious Glenn with five carries for 55 yards.
Jamarcus Burns led East Side’s defense with nine tackles, followed by Mikell Fields with seven tackles and Pates with five tackles.
East Side will hit travel across town on Friday to play Cleveland High at 7 p.m.
North Delta 34, Bayou 12
The Bayou Academy Colts suffered another tough loss as they lost to the North Delta Greenwave in 1-AA action at Batesville Friday night.
Bayou fell to 1-4 with an 0-2 mark in the district, while North Delta improved to 3-2 with a 2-0 mark in the district.
Bayou will be back in action on Friday when the team takes on Kirk Academy.
Humphreys Academy 34, NSA 6
The North Sunflower Academy Rebels lost to the Humphreys Academy Rebels in District 6 8-man football action Friday night in Belzoni.
NSA fell to 1-4, while Humphreys improved to 2-3. Derick Livingston scored the only touchdown for the Rebels.
NSA will return to the gridiron on Friday when the team hosts Rebul Academy for homecoming in Drew at 7 p.m.
Simmons 22, Ruleville 12
The Ruleville Central Tigers fell to 0-4 with a loss to the Simmons Blue Devils Friday night in Ruleville.
Simmons improved to 1-4.
Ruleville will be back in action on Friday when the team host M.S. Palmer.