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MHSAA roundups: Wilkinson Co. advances in Class 3A playoffs

Published 12:26am Saturday, November 9, 2013

WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County senior quarterback Devin Voorhies accounted for 340 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as the Wildcats held on to defeat the Perry Central Bulldogs 34-28 Friday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.

Voorhies completed 11 of 13 passes for 165 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He was also the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 175 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

Wilkinson County, the Division 7-3A runner-up, scored 14 points in the second quarter to turn a close game at the time into a 22-6 halftime lead. The Wildcats led Perry Central, the Division 8-3A No. 3 seed, 28-6 at the end of the third quarter 34-14 early in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns to cut the lead to just six points.

La’Darion Peterson had an all-around game for Wilkinson County. He had nine carries for 154 yards and one touchdown to go with eight tackles and one sack. Allenzae Staggers had seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Trevaion Jones’ only catch went for 37 yards and a touchdown.

It doesn’t get any easier for Wilkinson County (9-3) as it next plays at Division 5-3A champion Philadelphia next Friday at 7 p.m. in a second-round game.

Seminary 45, Franklin County 43

SEMINARY — Jamaal Booth ran for two touchdowns and Austin Balthazor threw four touchdown passes as the Seminary Bulldogs held off a second-half flurry by Franklin County to defeat the visiting Bulldogs Friday night in an MHSAA Class 3A South State first-round game.

Booth finished with 93 yards rushing on 10 carries and his 8-yard touchdown reception from Balthazor with 3:11 to go in the ball game proved to be the difference. That and Tyler Charpentier’s extra point, which gave Seminary a 45-36 lead.

Balthazor ended up going 8-for-11 for 260 yards with one interception and won an unexpected shootout over Franklin County quarterback Malik Moore, who threw three touchdown passes and was 11-for-24 for 239 yards and one interception.

Despite being a little nicked up, Chris Robinson went into the game in the second half, but not at quarterback. Instead, he had 17 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 85 yards and one touchdown.

The combination of Moore and Robinson almost led Franklin County, the Division 7-3A No. 3 seed, to what would have been an amazing comeback after trailing Division 8-3A runner-up Seminary (9-3) 32-13 at halftime.

Franklin County finished the season with a 6-5 overall record.

Tylertown 43, Jefferson County 6

TYLERTOWN — The Tylertown Chiefs jumped out to a big lead in the first half and never looked back as the Division 8-3A champions took care of the Jefferson County Tigers Friday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.

No other information on the game was available. Jefferson County, which entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of Division 7-3A, ended up with a 3-7 overall record.