Friday night rewind: Columbus crushes Olive Branch

Columbus 46, Olive Branch 20

Kylin Hill accounted for 5 TDs, and the Falcons returned two interceptions for touchdowns as they remained unbeaten in region play. First place and the region title is on the line next week when Columbus travels to South Panola.

Key Player

Kylin Hill, Columbus

The junior running back rushed for 107 yards and 3 TDs — his sixth game of 100-plus yards this season — and had three catches for 78 yards and 2 TDs.

Key Moment

Early second quarter

Columbus used a 17-play, 92-yard drive that was capped by Kendre Conner’s 14-yard touchdown run that put the Falcons up for good. Columbus scored four straight times and built a 33-7 lead in the third quarter.

Coach Speak

“Our kids are comfortable in big games now. They believe in the game plan and do a great job of getting prepared for what the other team is going to do. We can go to South Panola and play with nothing to lose. We are both in the playoffs with home games, so we can go up there and give it our best.”

— Randal Montgomery, Columbus

Columbus' Kylin Hill accounted for 5 TDs as the Falcons beat Olive Branch 46-20 on Friday.

Columbus’ Kylin Hill accounted for 5 TDs as the Falcons beat Olive Branch 46-20 on Friday.

McComb 47, North Pike 37

The Tigers forced three turnovers and outscored the Jaguars 35-10 in the second and third quarters to lock up the No. 2 seed in Region 6-4A.

Key Player

Venchenza McCray, McComb

The junior quarterback rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another that tied the game at 13-13 in the second quarter as the Tigers beat the Jaguars for a sixth time in seven tries under coach Malcolm Jones.

Key Moment

0:12, 3rd quarter

The Tigers scored to go up 41-23 following a fumble recovery.

Coach Speak

“I think everyone that came to see the game tonight got their money’s worth. We’ve been building on this game all season, and our kids did a good job enduring and taking the game over.”

— Malcolm Jones, McComb

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