Green Wave falls on road; Block stumbles at home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 14, 2004

FOREST &045; The Cathedral Green Wave had to play about as close to a perfect game as they could to have any chance of upsetting the Scott Central Rebels, last year’s Class 1A State runners-up, in the first round of the Class 1A South State playoffs Friday night.

Instead, the Rebels, ranked No. 5 in Mississippi’s Associated Press Little 10 poll and No. 3 in the Clarion-Ledger’s Class 1A poll, proved why they are one of the teams to beat for the state championship as they rushed for a combined 451 yards while their defense held the Green Wave to 134 total yards for a 42-6 win.

Five players for Region 3-1A champion Scott Central (11-0) ran for over 50 yards, led by Robert Gilbert, who had 12 carries for 123 yards and scored the first of three Rebel touchdowns in the third quarter on a 58-yard run that turned a 14-0 halftime lead into a 35-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

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Cathedral (5-6), who got in as the fourth-place team from Region 4, finally scored on Patrick McDonough’s 2-yard run with 10:22 to go in the fourth quarter.

Scott Central’s defense was opportunistic, forcing four Green Wave turnovers. The only thing that went wrong for the Rebels was penalties &045; 13 of them for 129 yards.

Delta 30, Block 19

JONESVILLE, La. &045; This is not a misprint, folks.

The Delta Mustangs, who got into the Class 1A playoffs, despite a 5-4 overall record, jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held on to upset the sixth-ranked Bears Friday night in a first-round playoff game.

Delta (6-4) held the vaunted running game of Block (8-3) to just 261 yards on 52 carries.

The Bears rallied from 22-7 deficit in the second half on touchdown runs by Johnny Lee and Michael Griffin to cut the lead to three before the Mustangs scored late in the fourth quarter to pull off the huge win.

Franklin County 33, Forest 14

FOREST &045; Not many people gave the fourth-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) a chance to defeat the top-ranked Bearcats, but they did just that to advance to the third-round of the Class 3A South State playoffs.