The Philadelphia and Union football teams battle it out in the trenches with Deondre Fox and Francisco Wilson making a tackle.
The Philadelphia and Union football teams battle it out in the trenches with Deondre Fox and Francisco Wilson making a tackle.
The Philadelphia High School Tornadoes wrapped up the Region 6-2A championship with a 28-12 victory over Union Friday in the regular season finale for both teams.

Both teams are headed to the Class 2A state football playoff Friday. Union travels to Taylorsville while the Tornadoes will home against the Heidelberg Oilers.

“We haven’t won the region championship our right since 2013 so this is a big deal for us,” Tornadoes Coach David Frey said. “We hope we can add another championship before we are done but we will have to take it one game at a time.”

Heidelberg comes in with a 4-7 record. The Oilers are the No. 4 team out of Region 5A, having lost 20-6 to Bay Springs.

“We really aren’t sure what they do on defense so our offense will have to adjust as the game gets under way,” Frey said. “They are not a bad team. They have some athletes and we will have our hands full.”

Against Union, the Tornadoes had a 385-145 advantage in total yards. Philadelphia picked up 178 yards rushing on 35 carries. Quarterback Asher Morgan completed 15-of-21 passing attempts for 207 yards and one touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries, giving him 280 total yards. Trey Crockett had 35 yards on 11 carries while Breon Jordan rushed three times for 30 yards. Jordan also had eight catches for 56 yards. Kadarius Calloway had two catches for 105 yards while Janaylon Dupree caught two catches for 29 yards.

Union had 57 yards on 31 carries and completed 10-of-25 passes for 88 yards.



Union drove down to the Tornadoes’ 17-yard line before running out of downs. The teams exchanged possessions.

Then on the first play of their next possession, Morgan connected with Kadarius Calloway on a 79-yard TD pass play. Conner Long kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 7-0 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.

The Tornadoes put together an 11-play scoring drive that covered 76 yards on their next possession. Trey Crockett scored on a seven-yard run. Long’s kick was good and the Tornadoes led 14-0 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Union put itself in a bad situation toward the end of the half when the ball was snapped over the punter’s head. This resulted in the Tornadoes taking over on the Yellowjackets 14-yard line.

The Tornadoes lined up in their Sumo offense with Crockett taking the direct snap. On his fourth run, Crockett ran into the end zone from one yard out. Long kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 21-0 with 58 seconds left in the half, and that’s where it stood at the intermission.

The Tornadoes scored on their first possession of the third quarter as they drove 52 yards in nine plays. Crockett scored his third touchdown of the night on a one-yard run. Long’s kick was good and the Tornadoes led 28-0 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Union came back with a scoring drive of its own, covering 55 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Colby Ferguson completed a three-yard TD pass to Jamarian Harmon with 1:57 left in the third quarter. The kick failed and the Tornadoes led 28-6.

In the fourth quarter, Ferguson passed to Markus Jones for a 24-yard TD pass play. The try for two failed and the Tornadoes led 28-12.

Jaylon Buckley was Union’s leading rusher with 54 yards on 18 carries and Kenyon Clay had seven rushes on 16 carries. Jones caught four passes for 51 yards.

Union finished with a 6-4 record. They visit Taylorsville Friday which comes in with a 10-1 record.