The Copiah Academy Colonels arrived in Pelahatchie with an identical 1-8 record as East Rankin. But after four quarters and the longest halftime show of the season complete with fireworks, CA still had only one victory following a 25-15 loss at the hands of the Patriots.
Copiah took the opening kickoff and picked up a couple of first downs while consuming nearly four minutes. Unfortunately, a dropped pass in East Rankin territory forced the Colonels to punt on fourth down.
The Patriots began from their own 21-yard line. After ER quarterback Hayes Roden connected with Tanner Guy for a 16-yard gain, Guy had 13 and 10-yard runs, respectively. A 14-yard burst by John Bailey Cooke gave East Rankin a first-and-goal at the 6-yard-line. On the very next play, Cooke ran right, took a pitch from Roden, and scored. Greg Nickles kicked the PAT, and East Rankin led 7-0 with 5:30 left in the first period.
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