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Columbus earns bragging rights


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The Columbus High School football team scored 25 consecutive points in the fourth quarter Friday night to beat New Hope 39-22 at Trojan Field. 


Quarterback Cedrick Jackson and running back Damian Baker led the Falcons (2-1) to a victory that earned the team bragging rights in the city of Columbus for a year. Jackson threw three touchdowns and rushed for another, while Baker rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown. 


With the game tied at 14 in the third quarter, Columbus stopped New Hope on fourth-and-1 from its 20 to help turn the tide. The Falcons then went 12 plays to set up an apparent 23-yard field goal, but holder Randy Brown took the snap and beat everyone to the right corner for the go-ahead touchdown. 


The floodgates opened from there, as Baker scored on a 4-yard run and Jackson threw two touchdown passes before New Hope (1-2) scored in the final minute. 


More coverage on the Columbus-New Hope game as well as stories about Starkville''s victory against West Point, Noxubee County''s win against Greenville-Weston, Hatley''s victory against Hamilton, Aberdeen''s win against Amory, and Lamar School''s victory at Heritage Academy will be featured in Sunday''s edition of The Dispatch.




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