Third quarter plagues Natchez first loss of year

Published 1:19 am Saturday, September 16, 2017

Natchez High School was plagued by four turnovers and a 34-point third quarter by Jefferson Davis County High School as the Jaguars held on for a 48-35 homecoming win over the Bulldogs Friday night.

Natchez High, ranked No. 7 in MHSAA Class 5A, was looking to go to 4-0 for the first time since the 2011 season. Instead, they were unable to hold on to a 15-14 halftime lead.

“They ran the ball well, but we had some turnovers,” Bulldogs head coach Roy Rigsby said. “When you give a good team that many turnovers, you open yourself up for a hard road. My hat goes off to (JDCHS head coach) Lance Mancuso and his staff. They’re a good team.”

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Jefferson Davis County (4-1), ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first half to grab the lead. However, that lead and momentum would be short-lived as the Jaguars scored five touchdowns in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs tried to mount a comeback of their own in the fourth quarter, but the 20 points were not enough.

“My hat also goes off to our guys. Our team continued to fight,” Rigsby said. “We have a group that will always fight to the end. I’m very proud of my guys, and we will go back to the drawing board and make the corrections to be a better football team.”

Chris Scott completed 15 of 28 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Shavoke Herrington had six catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Ernest Woods and Dedarious Jackson each had a TD reception.

Jacorian Sewell led the Bulldogs’ defense with nine solo tackles and one forced fumble. Woods had seven solo tackles while Herrington had five solo tackles, one assist, and one interception.

Natchez High (3-1) starts Region 3-5A play at 7 p.m. next Friday when its hosts Wingfield High School.