MHSAA roundups: Norton’s night not enough for Jefferson Co.
FAYETTE — Arthur Norton’s spectacular rushing performance was not enough for Jefferson County as the Tigers lost to the South Delta Bulldogs 28-20 Friday night.
Norton ran for 205 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. However, the lack of a passing game and three total touchdowns by South Delta’s Hakeem Johnson proved to be the difference.
Rashard Brown completed 2 of 5 passes, but for minus-18 yards. De’Anthony Blake wasn’t much better as he completed his only pass for 6 yards. The Tigers could have used a solid passing attack to go with a ground game that racked up 358 yards.
Johnson had a 2-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and an 11-yard touchdown run with just 25 seconds left until halftime that gave the Bulldogs a 20-14 halftime lead.
After Brown scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter to tie the game at 20-20, South Delta didn’t take long to respond as Aric Davis connected with Johnson on a 38-yard touchdown pass and Johnson ran in for the 2-point conversion that gave the Bulldogs a 28-20 lead with 11:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jefferson County (1-3) begins MHSAA Division 7-3A play at 7 p.m. Friday at Crystal Springs.
Wilkinson County 20
GREENWOOD — Devin Voorhies threw two touchdown passes for Wilkinson County, which couldn’t hold a late lead as the Greenwood Bulldogs celebrated homecoming with a come-from-behind win over the Wildcats Friday night.
In a battle of teams that went into the game with identical 4-1 records, Greenwood jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and led Wilkinson County 18-6 at the end of the third quarter before the Wildcats struck back. Voorhies threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Allenzae Staggers in the second quarer.
La’Darian Peterson scored on a 33-yard run and ran in for the 2-point conversion. Voorhies then threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Peterson, but the try for 2 was no good, leaving the score at 20-18.
However, Greenwood answered with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion late in the ball game to pull out the win.
Voorhies went 9-for-17 passing for 130 yards with one interception. He also had 14 carries for 86 yards. Peterson finished with 67 yards rushing on six carries. Staggers had three catches for 70 yards.
Wilkinson County (4-2) begins Division 7-3A play with its homecoming game against Franklin County at 7 p.m. Friday.