Scott Pierson

West Jones coach Scott Pierson talks to his team following a 24-20 win over Ole Brook on Friday. (Photo by Josh Nichols)

Laurel High had nothing to play for Friday night except completing a perfect season in Region 3-5A.

Mission accomplished.

The Golden Tornadoes led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to a 44-15 in the final regular-season game. The victory sets up Laurel for a first-round playoff matchup against old nemesis Wayne County on Friday night.

Xavier Evans decimated the Bulldogs with both his feet and his right arm as he ran for three touchdowns and threw for another. The sophomore completed 8 of 12 passes for 146 yards and also ran for 64 yards on nine carries. Michael Terrell also had a touchdown.

Senior Zias Perryman led all rushers with 158 yards on 11 carries as Laurel racked up 509 yards of total offense.

Melyjah Windham caught a touchdown pass.

Levi Walker had nine tackles and an interception, while Amir Smith had two sacks and Javion Smith had an interception. William Mora was 4 of 5 on extra points and also had a field goal.

West Jones 24,

Ole Brook 20

West Jones is breathing a sigh of relief after surviving a showdown with Ole Brook on Friday night.

Jasper Jones plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard run with 4 minutes, 40 seconds to play as the Mustangs secured the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs.

Ole Brook took possession and drove into West Jones territory. But facing a fourth-and-22 from the West Jones’ 48-yard line with 1:20 to play, Antonie Kirk intercepted a Sevante Quinn pass and the Mustangs ran out the clock. 

Kirk had a monster game on both offense and defense with 192 yards receiving on 12 catches and also had two interceptions on defense. Evan Pitts also had an interception, while Damion Cunningham and University of Alabama commit Byron Young each had 1 1/2 sacks. Young also had a 1-yard TD run.

Alan Follis had his most prolific passing night with 300 yards and a touchdown pass to Michael Neal. Ole Miss commit Walker Thompson had two field goals in the victory.

The win was crucial for the Mustangs, who avoided taking a first-round playoff road trip to Picayune. Instead, the Mustangs will host Stone on Friday night. 

Ole Brook, meanwhile, will finish fourth in the region and have to play at consensus Class 5A No. 1 Hattiesburg on Friday night. Natchez will travel to Picayune.

Stringer 48,

Sacred Heart 14

Senior Anthony Thomas rushed for 177 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns — including an 85-yarder — as Stringer rolled to its 10th win of the season.

The victory sets up a first-round Class 1A state playoff matchup Friday night at home against French Camp. The Red Devils are the No. 2 seed.

Cayleb Dyess threw for 76 yards and two touchdowns — one to Keyshaun Dease and Connor Hicks — and the Red Devils entered the fourth quarter holding a 48-0 lead.

Sylva-Bay 27

Tri-County 24

The Saints scored a touchdown in overtime to defeat Tri-County in the second round of the MAIS AA playoffs Friday night.

The victory sets up a semifinal matchup between 10-2 Sylva-Bay and 7-5 Centerville Academy. The winner will play the winner of the Brookhaven Academy-Greenville St. Joseph game on Nov. 16 for the MAIS crown.

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