Rowdy's Recap: MHSAA State Championships, Day 2
Class 4A: Corinth 55, Poplarville 21
The Warriors were unstoppable offensively, quite literally.
The only possession Corinth did not score on was when quarterback D.T. Sheffield took a knee, starting the sideline party. The Warriors scored on their first eight possessions and not once did they look back.
Four possessions into the ball game, Corinth led 14-7. It seemed as if this was going to be a barn burner. Carter Bonds and that Corinth defense proved that to be wrong. They made adjustments, containing that Wing-T offense from Poplarville, while Sheffied, Tameron Patterson and company just kept on scoring.
By halftime, Sheffield accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. Patterson also had a pair of scores on the ground. It didn’t end there. Sheffield continued to show out. He threw a 43 yard touchdown pass to D.K. Gaines and had a 72 yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Patterson had another one too. Poplarville would never throw in the towel with a few second half scores, but the damage was done long before that.
Corinth wins their first state title in school history. Sheffield won MVP honors. This was without a doubt the best team in Class 4A. They showed it.
Class 2A: Taylorsville 49, North Side 19
A year earlier, Ty Keyes was in crutches, watching his team fall to Scott Central in December. A year later, he got to raise another gold ball with his team.
The Tartars had to face a Northside team that had given up just 34 points all year long prior to this game. After the first offensive drive of the game for Taylorsville, one can see why because of their relentless pressure and pursuit towards the ball.
The Gators moved the ball early with Ja’Terrance Moore behind center and drew first blood with Justin Hudson catching a red zone touchdown pass. The Tartars responded with a kickoff return from Tyrese Keyes that went the other way. Northside would again take the lead with Moore punching in a touchdown of his own. Later on, the switch was flipped. A bad snap was recovered by Taylorsville and they proceeded to score 35 unanswered points. They never looked back.
Oddly enough, most of the damage was on the ground. Ty Keyes would not get a touchdown pass, but he did get one on the ground. Travis Keyes had two scores. Jeffery Pittman had three scores to go along with his 113 yards en route to MVP honors.
Redemption was sweet for the green and gold.
Class 5A: West Point 38, Picayune 26
To cap off the 2019 Mississippi high school football season, something had to give, whether it be end of West Point’s long reign in 5A or Picayune’s perfect season. The latter was on West Point’s mind.
Picayune wasted no time getting the machine running on the ground. The game started just how Picayune wanted it to, with Cameron Thomas carrying the rock. Thomas scored the first points of the game with a nine score. West Point didn’t blink.
The Green Wave used explosive plays to score 21 unanswered points. Brandon Harris, Treddis Anderson, and Jordan Rupert each had a score during that stretch. They had Cameron Thomas on lockdown. It would take a while for Thomas to finally break through. He eventually did with a 76-yard touchdown run to get within a score. The momentum really flipped when Jaylen Hall jumped the route and ran 32 yards the other way for a Picayune pick-six. A missed extra point made the score 21-20 West Point going into the locker room. It was at this point when West Point made the decision that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Brandon Harris took this to heart and scored his second touchdown of the game to open the second half to make it an eight West Point lead. They continued to do this the following drive, but would only get three points courtesy of Alex Harper with a 24 yard field goal. For a team like Picayune, one would think that having 6:15 left in the game would be too late right? Isaac Hickman said no. Hickman hit Cameron Thomas for a 70 yard touchdown pass. Following a failed two point attempt, the score was 31-16 West Point.
The Green Wave continued to run the ball, but a big pass play to Anderson was a big jolt, leading to the big boy Kelviontae Gibbs punching in a touchdown to put the game out of reach. One last defensive stand saw the Green Wave make a 4-peat a reality.
Chris Chambless wins his sixth ring as a head coach, and West Point is now tied with South Panola with 11 state title in the MHSAA ranks. The Wave continues to roll.