October 27, 2013 1:43:52 AM
OLIVE BRANCH -- The New Hope High School football team kept its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoff hopes alive with a come-from-behind 21-20 victory against Lewisburg on Friday night.
With the win New Hope improved to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in region play. The Trojans are now in a three-way tie with Saltillo and Lewisburg for fifth place in the region. The top four teams in the region advance to the playoffs.
New Hope will need to win its final two games to enhance its postseason chances. The schedule includes a home game with West Point (5-4, 3-2) and a road game at Saltillo (6-4, 2-3).
Lewisburg (3-5, 2-3) actually built a 13-0 lead and led 20-14 at halftime.
New Hope began its rally when Brady Davis hit Victor Deloach on a 62-yard touchdown. Davis would later add a 10-yard rushing touchdown to create the halftime deficit.
In the second half, the Trojans defense went to another level and posted a second-half shutout. Davis hit Deloach again on a 28-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.
Lewisburg had one last threat but turned the ball over on downs at the New Hope 28-yard line with less than three minutes remaining.
For the Patriots, Jake Harville scored on an 18-yard run. Harville later hit Trent Sowell on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The extra point after the second touchdown was missed and that would prove large later in the contest. The other Lewisburg touchdown was a 43-yard run from Colton Freeman.
Sebastopol 35, West Lowndes 6: At Columbus, the Panthers were eliminated from playoff consideration with this MHSAA Class 1A, Region 3 setback.
For West Lowndes (4-5, 3-4 Class 1A, Region 3), Justin Stephenson hit Anthony Liddell on a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Jevontrae Williams led West Lowndes with 15 rushes for 137 yards. Dearius Douglas added four rushes for 39 yards. Stephenson completed 4-of-12 passes for 54 yards, while Daniel Davis completed 5-of-9 passes for 43 yards. Liddell had two catches for 34 yards.
West Lowndes finished with 294 yards of total offense.
On defense, Phytrel Williams had 11 total tackles and Williams added 10 total tackles. Javarious Ellis had a fumble recovery.
West Lowndes is open Friday night, before playing host to region rival Noxapater (6-3, 5-1) on Nov. 8.
Noxubee County 34, Caledonia 6: At Macon, the Tigers clinched the MHSAA Class 4A, Region 4 regular-season championship and the region's No. 1 seed with this victory.
Noxubee County (6-3, 4-0 Class 4A, Region 4) has won four in a row for the first time this season. The Tigers can finish a second straight undefeated run through region play by winning at Houston (1-9, 1-3 Class 4A, Region 4) Friday night.
Aberdeen 26, Winona 21: At Winona, the Bulldogs locked up second place in MHSAA Class 3A, Region 4 play and also secured a first-round playoff game at home Nov. 8.
For Aberdeen (5-5, 3-1 Class 3A, Region 4), Josh Williams threw for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Williams also rushed for 95 yards and had a touchdown on the ground as well. Donta Carter scored the other touchdown for the Bulldogs.
B.J. Williams and Jerrick Orr each had a receiving touchdown. On defense, C.J. Williams and Tay Carothers led the way with 10 and nine tackles respectively.
Aberdeen closes its regular season by playing host to South Pontotoc (3-7, 0-4) Friday night.
Hamilton 19, Coldwater 14: At Coldwater, the Lions nailed down a playoff berth with their fourth straight win in MHSAA Class 1A, Region 1 play.
"After a tough loss to Falkner, the players were not down, they just came out and kept working," Hamilton coach Ray Weeks said. "I think the big thing is they kept believing and kept working hard to have a good season."
Hamilton improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in region play with two region games remaining. The Lions are tied with Smithville and Falkner for second place in the region standings. That trio is one full game behind Coldwater.
With Smithville at home and Coffeeville on the road as the final two region opponents, Hamilton control its own destiny to finish in the top two and thus earn a first-round playoff game on Nov. 15. Hamilton could also win the region title with two wins.
Against Coldwater, the Lions trailed 14-13 before posting a second-half shutout. Keshon Heard scored the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes of the third quarter. It was his second rushing score of the night. Quinshay Heard had the other touchdown for the Lions.
"We have two of our biggest challenges the next couple of weeks," Weeks said. "We have to continue to improve on offense and make sure we take advantage of our opportunities. Being at home to start the playoffs is a huge advantage and we have that goal in front of us."
Pelahatchie 48, West Oktibbeha 12: At Maben, the Timberwolves dropped their sixth straight MHSAA Class 1A, Region 3 contest.
"We had some areas where we played well," West Oktibbeha coach Danny Crawford said. "We just couldn't do that for four quarters. Pelahatchie has a really good time. They did a great job at the line of scrimmage and did a great job of running the ball."
Pelahatchie (7-2, 6-1 Class 1A, Region 3) maintained first place in the region standings, holding a half-game lead over both Nanih Waiya and Noxapater with one region game remaining. The Chiefs piled up 420 yards of total offense and led 41-6 at halftime
For West Oktibbeha (0-6, 0-6), Ryan Hughes hit Kadarius Yates on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Davarius West also scored on a 2-yard touchdown run.
West Oktibbeha visits Ethel (1-8, 0-6) Friday night.
Hebron Christian 52, Friendship 6: At Pheba, the Eagles moved to 6-3 with a solid victory over their visitors from Tennessee.
Hebron Christian built a 44-6 halftime lead.
"It was a good to see that we weren't looking ahead to the next game," Hebron Christian David Foster said."We played well on offense and defense and were able to get a lot of guys some playing time."
Justin Gordon started the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard touchdown run. Gordon also had a 2-point conversion for a quick 14-0 lead. A 3-yard touchdown run by Brandon England pushed the advantage to 20-0.
Friendship answered with a fumble recovery touchdown, only to see Hebron Christian score the final 24 points of the half. Channing Tapley hit Collin Moore on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Andrew Myatt followed with a 59-yard interception return for touchdown. Taylor Simmons added a 58-yard touchdown run. Tapley and Lucas Foster had the additional conversions.
The lone Hebron Christian touchdown in the second half was a 47-yard run by Myatt and 2-point conversion by Foster.
"Calhoun Academy has a great team and we are looking forward to that game," Foster said. "The kids are excited about having a chance to go undefeated in the district. This will be a great game for us to help us get ready for the playoffs."
Hebron Christian (3-0 in MAIS Eight-Man District 1) will travel to Calhoun Academy (5-4, 2-1) Friday night. A Calhoun Academy would tie Hebron Christian, Kemper Academy and Calhoun Academy for the top spot in the district. All three teams will be in the playoffs.