Bay Springs’ Derrien Lee in a game earlier this year.

Tartars down Dogs in thriller

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Todd’s last-second field goal lifts Taylorsville to 6-1

BAY SPRINGS — Taylorsville’s Kenner Todd drilled a 37-yard field goal with no time on the clock to lead Taylorsville past Bay Springs, 42-40, here Thursday night.

“The field goal was great to see. Kenner puts a lot of work in on his own, and I am just so proud of him,” said an elated Taylorsville head coach Chuck Robertson. “The whole field goal unit did well. It was a great snap, great hold and some excellent blocking.”

Taylorsville led 39-26 late in the fourth period when the Bulldogs scored on a 3-yard run by Jamarious Hosey with 2:34 to play in the game. This came after the Bulldogs blocked the Tartars’ punt attempt. Then the Dogs recovered an onside kick that led to seven more points when Adrian Cole hit Jatron Thigpen on a 50-yard pass play, giving the home team a 40-39 lead with 2:08 to play in the game and

“Hats off to the Taylorsville kicker on a great game-winning kick,” said Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady.

Taylorsville jumped out to a 13-0 first period lead as Ty Roberts ran two yards, and then Ty Keyes hit Latreal Jones on a 35-yard pass for a score. Bay Springs scored twice in the second quarter to take a 14-13 lead as quarterback Adrian Cole ran 8 yards for the first score. Then Derrien Lee scored for the Bulldogs as they took a 14-13 lead with 1:41 to play in the half.

Taylorsville came back to score on a Keyes 30-yard TD pass to Raven Arrington with 14 seconds to play. Arrington hit Perry Keyes on the two-point conversion as THS led 21-14 at halftime.

The Tartars increased their lead to 27-14 as Keyes and Arrington teamed up again on another pass play. Bay Springs closed the gap within 27-26 as Jamarious Hosey scored twice on runs of 2 and 3 yards in the third period. Ty Keyes hit Perry Keyes on a 47-yard pass play to increase the Tartars’ lead to 33-26 with 1:10 in the quarter. C.J. Williams put THS up 39-26 as he ran 22 yards for a score with 8:41 to go in the contest. Bay Springs then rallied to take the lead at 40-39 before Keyes rallied the Tartars.

“I was really proud of the offense. I thought the coaches had a great game plan and the kids did a great job in executing the plan. We hit some big plays at key times,” said Robertson.

Taylorsville’s Ty Keyes hit on 23 of 30 passes for 350 yards and four scores. Arrington caught six of those passes for 100 yards and two scores.

Taylorsville is now 1-0 in Region 5-2A play and improves to 6-1 overall. Bay Springs falls to 0-1 and 2-5 overall. The Tartars will host Lumberton on Friday, while Bay Springs travels to Clarkdale.