West Jones wide receiver Garrick Randolph seals the edge as running back Austin Land turns up field. (File photo/Josh Nichols)

Prep football roundup

The South Jones Braves ran out to a 45-7 lead and then held off a furious rally by the Forest Hill Patriots here Friday night to claim a 52-26 Region 3-5A win.

South Jones scored first on a 15-yard interception return of a Patriots’ pass to grab a 7-0 lead with 7:54 to play in the opening stanza. South ended the first period with a 14-0 lead as quarterback John Mitchell hit Case Locklear on a five-yard pass play with 2: 20 to play in the opening period.

After stopping the Patriots on a fourth-down play at the Braves’ 17 yard line, Mitchell busted through the middle of the Pats’ defense and ran 83 yards for a score with 5:41 to play in the half. Forest Hill answered right back as Tavis Smith hit Nicholas Moore on an 81-yard pass play to cut the SJ lead to 21-7 with a little over five minutes to play in the half. South Jones came back to hit on a Mark Diers 40-yard field goal and then finished the first half scoring with a Mitchell to Locklear pass play of 17 yards as South led, 31-7, at intermission.

South Jones scored 30 seconds into the second half as Mitchell sneaked in from the one yard line. Eight minutes later, Jacob Pigford put SJ up, 45-7, on a 9-yard run. Forest Hill answered with a 36-yard pass play from Smith to Moore with 1:42 to play in the third period.

Forest Hill scored three times in the final period while Pigford ran 47 yards for a Braves score.

South Jones (5-2, 1-1) will travel to Natchez (1-5, 0-2) next Friday night in region play.

West Jones 46, Natchez 15

West Jones did it through the air, on the ground, with defense and with special teams as the Mustangs played their most complete game of the season in a 46-15 romp over Natchez at The ‘Shoe on Friday.

West Jones (4-2, 2-0) will be back on the road Friday as the Mustangs travel to Summit to face North Pike.

Dusty Cook tossed a pair of first-half touchdowns (17 yards to KD Hatten and 24 yards to Garrick Randolph) as West Jones raced out to a 23-7 halftime lead.

After opening the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run, Austin Land added a 3-yard score after intermission.The Mustangs got more production out of their ground attack as Jasper Jones scored on a 4-yard run and sophomore Londarrius McRunnels scored his first varsity touchdown when he punched one in from 10 yards out to cap the night for the ’Stangs.

Walker Thompson booted a 36-yard field goal and converted 5 of 6 PATs.

Davion Moore and Maurice Pruitt each came away with interceptions and the defense also picked up a safety.

Natchez scored on its first drive of the second quarter and on its final drive of the game.

Ole Brook 42, Laurel 35

Ole Brook stopped Laurel at the 9-yard line with less than two minutes to play Friday night to take a 42-35 victory in a key Region 3-5A game.

Zias Perryman ran for four touchdowns and Brandon Gordon hauled in a TD for the Golden Tornadoes, who fell to 4-3 on the year and 1-1 in the region.

The Naders trailed 28-7 at halftime but was able to use a 28-point third quarter to tie the game at 35.

Ole Brook (6-1, 2-0) scored a TD with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter and Laurel drove deep into Panthers’ territory but was stymied on a fourth-down reverse play with 1 minute, 50 seconds to play.

Ole Brook took over, got the first down and ran out the clock.

NE Lauderdale 39, NE Jones 36

MERIDIAN – Northeast Lauderdale overcame a slow start to race to a 20-point lead, then held on to top Northeast Jones 39-36 in a wild Region 5-4A opener on Friday night.

Quarterback Kam Hulin had four scores for the Trojans (5-2, 1-0), recovered a late onside kick after the Tigers had pulled within a score and ran for a first down on fourth-and-5 with less than two minutes remaining to seal the victory.

“One player beat us tonight,” NEJ coach Keith Braddock said, referring to the junior signal-caller.

NEJ quarterback Fifi Magee also accounted for four TDs — two on the ground and two in the air, including a 43-yarder to Jay Jones with 2:56 remaining to make it a three-point game. But this time, the Tigers (1-5, 0-1) couldn’t snag the onside kick or stop the Trojans to get the ball back and a chance to complete the comeback.

The Tigers started string, marching 70 yards in seven plays, with Antonio Hayes scoring on a 7-yard run.

They stopped the Trojans on their first two possessions, but then they tossed a 40-yard TD on a fake punt near the end of the first quarter to get fired up.

Michael McClinton scored from 7 yards out, then Hulin scored on an 8-yard run — on a drive that was kept alive by two 15-yard personal foul penalties — to give the Trojans a 20-7 lead at the half. Hulin started the second half where he left off, scoring from 7 yards to give his team a 27-7 lead early in the third quarter.

But the Tigers came storming back. Magee scored on a 9-yard run that was set up by a fumbled snap on a punt attempt, then Tyreece Hudson recovered an onside kick, and on the next play, Magee connected with Mason Smith from 36 yards. Malachi Harrison’s point-after pulled the Tigers within six, 27-21, with 3:38 left in the third.

The Trojans responded with a long drive, which was finished off by Hulin with a 3-yard TD run on fourth down early in the fourth quarter. Magee answered with a 1-yard TD, but the home team went back to Hulin, who scrambled to pay dirt from 19 yards out on the seventh play of its drive.

Local Football Scores

South Jones 52, Forest Hill 36

NE Lauderdale 39, NE Jones 36

Brookhaven 42, Laurel 35

West Jones 46, Natchez 15

Wayne County 28, PRC 14

Wayne Academy 36, Ben’s Ford 26

Taylorsville 42, Bay Springs 40 (Thurs.)

Stringer 45, Resurection Catholic 39

Amite School 36, Sylva Bay 7

Collins 19, Heidelberg 16

Miss 38, Enterprise-Lincoln 6

Mount Olive 40, Salem 16

Perry Central 63, Richton 6

Poplarville 54, Greene Co. 36

North Pike 28, Wingfield 12