Natchez’s season ends on road
Published 1:40 am Saturday, November 10, 2007
HATTIESBURG — If Natchez was to make the playoffs, a complicated scenario had to go just their way.
But most basic in that scenario was a win by the Bulldogs.
That didn’t happen.
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Just like against Wingfield a week earlier, Natchez High was not able to make enough plays on offense and ended up losing to Hattiesburg 31-14 Friday night to finish the season at 5-6 overall and 3-4 in region play.
“We had two scenarios where we had a chance to get in and we couldn’t do it,” Natchez High head coach Lance Reed said. “We beat Wingfield and we’re in. We beat Hattiesburg and we’re in.”
The Bulldogs trailed at halftime 23-14, but as Reed said, their offense was not able to make the plays in the second half to get them back in the ball game.
“We gave up some big plays. Defensively, we played well for the most part,” Reed said. “We gave up a long reverse for a touchdown. We gave up a couple of big passes. We oftem had poor field position and that set us back.”
Hattiesburg (8-3, 5-2) put the game away with a safety and a touchdown in the second half.
Javon Washington had a good game for Natchez High, completing 22 of 32 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. Deshawn Griggs had eight catches for 131 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
However, the Bulldogs’ running game, which was a big part of their resurgence in recent weeks, was held to just 53 total yards.