Mississippi State Championships Day 2

The 2008 football season for the state of Mississippi is in the books. The season ended on Saturday with the state championship games for the 2A, 3A and 4A classifications. All three contest were hotly contested in some of the coolest weather of the year.

2A Forest vs. Baldwyn

Baldwyn coach Jimmy Dillinger probably felt like Christmas had come early for him after all the gifts the Forest High offense handed over during the first half.

Forest's first offensive possession ended when quarterback Lavadius Lyles turned the ball over on an inteception.

Baldwyn went 50 yards in nine plays and took an early 6-0 lead that would build on just moments later.

On the third play of Forest's second possession, Baldwyn scooped up a fumble and returned if for a touchdown. The two point conversion put the Bearcats of the north up 14-0.

Just three plays later, Lyles threw his second pick of the day on an ill advised throw.

Baldwyn was unable to make much happen on their drive and were forced to punt. A jailbreak ensured which resulted in a blocked punt that set up Forest 1st and ten from the Baldwyn 27.

Three plays later Lyles plunged in from a yard out to bring the score to 14-6.

BHS answered right back with an eight play 73 yard drive that stretched the lead out to 21-6.

Lyles fourth and fifth interceptions of the day came in the next two Forest possessions, but the half came to merciful end with the south state champs trailing just 21-6.

Forest spent the most of the first half shooting themselves in the foot and it appeared they reloaded at halftime and kept firing when the third quarter began.

Baldwyn kicked off to Forest to begin the second half and the Forest return man muffed the kick and BHS recovered.

A 20 yard scoring strike to senior Dorian Berry marched the lead out to 28-6.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Lyles broke containment and sprinted some 70 yards down the field only to fumble the ball away again.

After a Baldwyn punt, Lyles threw yet another interception giving him six on the day.

Despite the shortfalls of the offense, Lavadius kept plugging ahead and led his team on a scoring drive in which he did the honors himself on the scoring run and the two point conversion.

Baldwyn answered right back with perhaps the most methodical drive of the day. It took the Bearcats 15 plays to drive 75 yards all on the ground to essentially put the game away 35-20.

Forest would add another score late, but a failed two point coversion made the remaining plays academic as Baldwyn won one for the north.


3A Tylertown vs. Louisville

Most followers of high school football had pretty much penciled the Wildcats of Louisville in as the 3A state champions.

Apparently somone forgot to tell Tylertown.

The Chiefs came out and gave the defending champs all they wanted. If the visitors from Walthall County were intimidated by the moment, they never showed it.

After a pair of non-productive drives Tylertown drew first blood on an end around play that covered eighteen yards.

Louisville answered right back on a 57 yard touchdown catch and run by junior wideout Markeith Triplett. The point after failed leaving the score at 7-6.

Tylertown took over on their own 35 yard line and marched down the field and padded their lead with a 34 yard touchdown pass. The conversion made it 14-6.

After both teams lost fumbles, Louisville took the lead for the first time on a double pass when Dennis Thames found Triplett to put the 'Cats up 20-14.

Tylertown was not content to just make a game of it. The south state champs put together another impressive drive with the big blow coming when Brandon Thompson hauled in his second touchdown pass on the day. The point after put Tylertown back up 21-20 with a quarter to play.

Louisville would not go quietly. Dennis Thames began to exert himself and really take charge of the game. After racking up four first downs on the drive, the Wildcats retook the lead 26-21.

Tylertown would make a last minute drive, but with all three timeouts spent an ill advised quartback scramble resulted in a tackle in bounds that allowed the final seconds to tick away.

Louisville was the only 2007 state champion to repeat.


4A Noxubee County vs. D'Iberille

The Tigers and the Warriors both came into the game undefeated, but only one could leave that way.

After a scoreless first quarter that saw D'iberville miss on an early field goal, both teams appeared to settle down.

Both teams second drives of the second quarter resulted in points. The Warriors took an early lead on a 45 yard field goal and the Tigers came right back to find paydirt on a long touchdown pass to Vincent Sanders. The exta point was blocked leaving the Noxubee lead at 6-3.

Noxubee County would build on that lead after the half on a 10 yard scoring pass to increase their lead to 12-3. The two point try was no good.

D'iberville put together their best offensive outburst of the night to answer with a 12 play 77 yard drive that ended with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood. The PAT was good and the Warriors were down just two as the fourth quarter began.

The teams would trade punts before D'iberville would string together another good drive aided by a fake punt that set the Warriors up on the Noxubee side of the 50.

A quick out to Norwood on 3rd down set the stage for a potential game winning field goal, but the win was not to be as the kick came up just a couple of yards short of the crossbar.

Pat Patterson lined up as quarterback and salted away the games final two minutes with a few nice runs to keep the clock moving.

The Tigers stellar defense does it again as Noxubee County won 12-10.

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