Jefferson County drops district game to Port Gibson, 20-16

Published 2:20 am Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jacory Rankin threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Alexander with 11:23 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Port Gibson Blue Waves defeated the Jefferson County High School Tigers in MHSAA Region 7-3A action Friday night, 20-16.

After being down 14-0 with 1:56 left in the first half, Jefferson County got back in the game on Gailrontae Fells’ 13-yard touchdown pass to Shelvin Hudson with 23 seconds remaining until halftime and Fells’ 2-point conversion run made it a 14-8 game at the break.

Fells scored on a 4-yard run and his 2-point conversion run with 3:32 left in the third quarter gave Jefferson County (1-5, 0-1) a 16-14 lead. But any thoughts of the Tigers upsetting the Blue Waves (5-2, 1-0) ended on Rankin’s long TD pass to Alexander.

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Fells had 11 carries for 105 yards and completed five of 10 passes for 60 yards. Hudson had two catches for 25 yards.

Jefferson County (1-5, 0-1) hosts Wilkinson County for homecoming next Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m.