Wilkinson County upsets Philadelphia

Published 12:24am Saturday, November 16, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — Devin Voorhies accounted for 326 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns. He was one of the factors for a Wilkinson County defense that forced three turnovers as the Wildcats upset the Philadelphia Tornadoes 26-6 Friday night in the second round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.

“It was a hard-fought game. We finally got over that second-round hump,” Wilkinson County head coach Kenneth Brown said.

Voorhies completed 11 of 19 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. One of those touchdown passes went to Allenzae Staggers, who finished with 109 yards on just six receptions. The other went to D’Kedrick Smith, which was one of his two catches on the night.

When Voorhies and his receiving corps weren’t slicing Philadelphia’s defense with his arm, he was hurting the Tornadoes’ defense with his legs. Voorhies had 17 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown.

La’Darion Peterson was yet another offensive weapon that Philadelphia had issues with. Peterson had 14 carries for 82 yards to go with two catches for 72 yards.

Wilkinson County, the No. 2 seed out of Division 7-3A, had 18 first downs and a well-balanced offense — 256 rushing yards to go with the 195 passing yards.

“The kids, this week during practice, bought in to what we wanted them to do,” Brown said.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the Tornadoes’ offense had a hard time moving the ball against a tenacious Wildcats defense. Their only touchdown came in the first quarter. Both Voorhies and Tralen Davis had interceptions and Desmond Montgomery had a fumble recovery.

“The defense played very well,” Brown said.

Wilkinson County (10-3) will take on the winner of the Seminary-Southeast Lauderdale game at 7 p.m. next Friday in a third-round game.