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MHSAA roundups: Franklin tops Jefferson 30-6, WCHS wins

FAYETTE — The Franklin County Bulldogs got two touchdowns from their defense as they defeated the Jefferson County Tigers 30-6 Friday night to finish in third place in MHSAA Division 7-3A.

Danzel Allen recovered a fumble in the end zone with 10:25 to go in the first quarter and Demarris Tyler’s two-point conversion run made it 8-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Darrin Wiley’s second touchdown of the game was a 10-yard interception return with 3:15 left in the third quarter. Benard Selmon ran in for two to make it a 24-6 game.

Selmon led Franklin County’s rushing game with 76 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Wiley had a 6-yard touchdown run earlier in the third quarter.

Arthur Norton was the leading rusher for Jefferson County with 17 carries for 72 yards and the Tigers’ only touchdown with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter.

Franklin County’s defense held Jefferson County to 15 passing yards, 119 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers. However, the Bulldogs paid the price for the win as some key players went down with injuries.

On Franklin County’s first running play of the game, Chris Robinson ran for 13 yards, but he injured his ankle and did not return. Cornerback Bobby Hunt went down with a concussion. Offensive lineman Ben Cowart left the game with a leg injury.

The loss knocked Jefferson County (3-6, 2-3) down to the No. 4 seed in the division. Both the Tigers and Franklin County (6-4, 3-2) will be on the road in the first round of the Class 3A South State Playoffs next Friday night.

Wilkinson County 44, Wesson 7

WOODVILLE — Devin Voorhies accounted for 337 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as the Wilkinson County Wildcats took care of the Wesson Cobras Friday night to claim the No. 2 seed out of MHSAA Division 7-3A.

Voorhies completed nine of 14 passes for 236 yards, including touchdown passes of 60 yards to D’Kedrick Smith and Allenzae Staggers. Voorhies also had 11 carries for 101 yards and one touchdown.

A 25-point second quarter by the Wildcats turned a 7-0 game at the end of the first quarter into a blowout as they went into halftime with a 32-7 lead. They did so with a strong combination of the ground game and the aerial attack.

Wilkinson County finished with 597 yards of total offense and 24 first downs while not turning the ball over a single time. And the Wildcats only had to punt twice.

La’Darion Peterson had 101 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. Chaves Anderson’s only run of the game went for 43 yards and a touchdown. Demond Hunter went in for Voorhies at quarterback with the game well in hand, and Hunter went 2-of-4 for 102 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown pass to Juntavious Cage.

Wilkinson County (8-3, 4-1) will be at home Friday night against an opponent to be determined in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.