Football season is officially over in Copiah County after last Friday’s games. Hazlehurst, Copiah Academy and Wesson all lost first round playoff contests and were eliminated from post-season play.
In Greenville, Copiah got an 88 yard rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Kelton Smith in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. The Generals from Washington School came back and took a 14- 6 into the locker room at the half, then added an insurance TD late in the game to seal the 21-6 victory. Washington faces Pillow Academy, winners over East Rankin, in the MAIS AAA-D2 championship game at Mississippi College on Thursday night. The Colonels finished 6-6.
Hazlehurst fell at Forest 28-14. The Indians scored first on a 33 yard run by Leviticus Cain in the first quarter. Jamarius James added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Forest answered with 21 straight points in the third and fourth quarters. Hazlehurst’s Gabriel Gray returned a fourth quarter kickoff 90 yards for the final Indian score of the season, cutting the gap to 21-14. The Bearcats notched an insurance TD late in the fourth to seal the win and advance in the South 3A playoffs. Hazlehurst finished 7-5. Forest advances to face Collins next Friday night at home.
Over in Mize the homestanding Bulldogs took Wesson out of the playoff picture with a 28-14 win. The Cobras broke the scoring ice first on QB Jacob Fischer’s 9 yard scamper early in the opening quarter. PK Austin Graham added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Mize Bulldogs ran off 21 unanswered points in the second and third periods to lead 21-7 going into the fourth. Wesson cut the lead back to seven on Deondre Pendleton’s 5 yard pass reception from QB Fischer. Graham again added the PAT to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-14. Mize sealed game a few plays later, however, on a 66 yard pass play, putting the final points on their victory. The loss dropped the Cobras to 8-3 overall. Mize improved to 8-3 and advances to play East Marion this Friday night in the South 2A playoffs.