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No. 3-Class 5A ranked West Jones stay undefeated, defeat Natchez

NATCHEZ — West Jones High School Mustangs remain undefeated for another week in Region 3 Class 5A play as they beat Natchez High Bulldogs 38-12, spoiling the Bulldogs’ homecoming.

With 2:58 left in the game, the Mustangs were on the verge of scoring another touchdown. But the Mustangs quarterback Alan Follis fumbled the ball and the Bulldogs L.J. Minor ran the ball for a 98-yard touchdown. Bulldogs Head Coach Roy Rigsby said Minor is one of the playmakers on the team.

“L.J. continues to make big plays,” Rigsby said. “He’s our big play guy. I always say, ‘Nine is going to shine.’ He’s always making a play.”

Brad Dean Jr. and Antonio Cogdell were two other defensive players for the Bulldogs. Dean sacked Follis in the second quarter and Cogdell broke up a pass when the Mustangs were driving down the field in the first quarter.

The Mustangs went 47-yards for their first drive of the game. As the Mustangs were driving down field, Tray Minor tackled the Mustangs running back Kentrell Pruitt. After the play, Minor was called for an un-sportsman like penalty.

“Overall in the first half, I think our defense played pretty good,” Bulldogs Head Coach Roy Rigsby said. “Our offense couldn’t ever get started. The Mustangs have a great defensive team. They’re quick, really fast and it showed.”

But the Mustangs’ drive would come up short as they were stopped on the 1-yard line.

It was a second later when the Bulldogs fumbled the ball and West Jones picked it up for a touchdown.

For the Mustangs second defensive score, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball again on the 5-yard line with 2:18 in the first quarter.

One of the standout players for the Mustangs was running back Kentrell Pruitt. Pruitt ran for two touchdowns. One of Pruitt’s rushing touchdowns was for 12-yards. Mustangs Head Coach Scott Pierson said Pruitt played OK, but he usually plays a lot better.

“At times, it wasn’t good,” Pruitt said about his running performance. “I adjusted to it kind of. I was happy to get into the end zone.”

Both teams fumbled the ball during the Friday’s game. In the second quarter, Bulldogs fumbled the ball on the three-yard line. On the change of possessions, the Mustangs fumbled the ball also on the three-yard line.

“It was the weather conditions,” Pierson said. “It rained the whole night and we knew there was going to be issues. It’s something we had to overcome.”

The Mustangs have won nine games in a row and are 5-0 in Region 3 Class 5A play. West Jones will travel to Jim Hill High School next Friday.

The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3 Region 3-5A) will be on the road and will play at 7 p.m. Friday against Brookhaven High School in another Region 3-5A game.

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