Burks leads Lumberton
Daylon Burks has flown under the radar in the Pine Belt area, due mostly to other standouts, Isaiah Woullard, Detric Hawthorn, Josh Miller and Jordan Duncan. But make no mistake, he belongs in the same breath. In the Panthers’ win over French Camp in the opening round of the class 1A playoffs, Burks rushed 28 times for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Burks has rushed for almost 2,400 yards on the year as well as tacking on 30 rushing touchdowns. The Panthers will lean on Burks heavily in their second-round matchup against Nanih Waiya.
Bassfield advances once again
Should there be any surprise here? The Yellowjackets march on in dominating fashion over Union, 47-8. There was concern all year that Bassfield might be down, especially after two early season losses to Collins and Niceville, Florida, and a late-season scare against Prentiss, 19-12. But make no mistake, Bassfield is still Bassfield and they will take on a familiar opponent in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs: Taylorsville. The Tartars will host the Yellowjackets with the winner advancing to the 2A South State Championship.
Trojans survive another scare
West Marion was a heavy favorite against Raleigh, but the Lions gave the Trojans all they could handle. Tied at 22 at halftime, Josh Miller helped lead the Trojans to the third round of the class 3A playoffs. Miller passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more in the 36-30 win. Now the Trojans must prepare for Hazlehurst. The Indians are undefeated on the year and are coming off a playoff shutout against Forest, 18-0. It will be an electrifying game in Foxworth next Friday.
Petal gets rematch with Brandon
Petal got a huge win on the road, knocking off Harrison Central, 40-21. But this week they will be in the friendly confines of Panther Field as they once again host Brandon. The region foes battled earlier in the year. Petal had the score tied at 14 at halftime, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points. Brandon went on to win Region 3-6A and demolished D’Iberville, 44-7. The Panthers will have revenge on their minds after extending their win streak to five.
Oak Grove takes on Meridian again
You heard that right, in the quarterfinals of class 6A, there is nothing but Region 3-6A teams left. With Brandon and Petal squaring off at Petal, Oak Grove will hit I-59 North to Meridian to take on the Wildcats for the second time this season. Oak Grove narrowly escaped Ray Stadium in the first contest by the score of 24-21. Both teams are coming off big wins. Meridian traveled to Gulfport and hammered the Generals, 42-6 and Oak Grove defeated Ocean Springs, 31-20. One of the most intense rivalries in the state, this one will be for the opportunity to advance to the 6A South State championship game.
Collins faces Kemper County
Collins wasn’t the only 3A team to face a scare in the second round of the playoffs. Collins, much like West Marion, was tied 16-16 at halftime, this time to Wilkinson County. Collins pulled away late, 46-36 and advanced to the third round of the class 3A playoffs. The Tigers will host Kemper County, who also has double digit wins (11) much like Collins (12). The Wildcats have not been tested since their 29-28 win over Noxubee County in September. Since then, Kemper County has won every game by at least 10 points or more. This will be the Tigers’ toughest test of the year.