TAYLORSVILLE — While the sophomore superstar gets most of the headlines, it was a senior running back and a freshman backup QB who stole the show Friday night.
Senior Keyon Bass powered in from 10 yards out with 59 seconds to play to lift Taylorsville to a come-from-behind 15-8 victory over Bay Springs in the Class 2A South State championship game.
Sophomore QB Ty Keyes, who recently was selected as Class 2A Mr. Football, injured his ankle in the first half and did not return to the game, giving way to freshman Karson Evans, the son of head coach Mitch Evans.
Keyes left the game midway through the second quarter and Evans found Chandler Cline on an 8-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 Tartars’ lead with less than three minutes to play in the second quarter.
A halftime deluge made field conditions treacherous and each team struggled in the second half to generate any offense.
Four minutes into the fourth quarter, Bay Springs put receiver Jacorio Ducksworth at quarterback and he led the Bulldogs down the field and scored on a 15-yard run to get within one point. The Bulldogs went for two and Ducksworth slipped into the end zone to give Bay Springs an 8-7 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Taylorsville ran a trick return play and got the ball to near midfield. Three minutes later, Bass scored what would be the game-winner.
Taylorsville, the defending Class 2A state champion, will play Scott Central next Saturday at 3 p.m. at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Keyes was reportedly taken to a hospital for X-rays and his status for next week’s game is unclear.