Griffin leads Tornadoes past Rockets
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:00 AM
Jacardius Griffin rushed for 111 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Tornadoes past cross-town rival Neshoba Central 41-0 Friday night in prep football action.
At top, Philadelphia's Kaylon Gray (5) stiff arms Neshoba Central defender Pat Burrage (20).
This was a renewal of the series which began in 1960. The two teams did not play for the past two seasons. Philadelphia now holds a 28-24 edge in the series.
"This was a big win but it was just one game in our season," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said. "Our defense played a great game and we were able to get a lot of snaps for our offense. Now we are looking forward to getting ready for next week."
The Tornadoes, now 3-0, will travel to Louisville next Friday night. The 0-3 Rockets travel to Northeast Lauderdale.
Philadelphia took advantage of three turnovers in the first quarter to build up an early lead.
The teams exchanged possessions. Then Philadelphia took over on its own 32. Tornado quarterback Romon Gray connected with T.J. Hudson on a 32-yard pass completion that put Philadelphia into Rocket territory. Three plays later, Griffin scored on a three-yard run. Griffin ran in the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 8-0 with 5:45 left in the first quarter.
Three plays after the kickoff, Jaylen Davis intercepted a pass to give the Tornadoes possession on the Neshoba Central 28-yard line. Three plays later, Griffin ran into the end zone from 20 yards out. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 15-0 with 3:13 left in the first quarter.
Two plays after the kickoff, Keylon Burnside intercepted a pass to set up another Tornado scoring drive on the Neshoba Central nine-yard line. Griffin scored on a two-yard run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 22-0 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
One play after the kickoff, Brad Horne recovered a fumble for the Tornadoes on the Neshoba Central 47. Philadelphia would fumble on the Neshoba Central 11-yard line but was able to recover the ball. On the next play, Gray ran it in from seven yards out. The extra point try was no good and the Tornadoes led 28-0 with 7:48 left in the first half.
Philadelphia's final score of the first half came with 20 seconds left when Gray completed a 21-yard TD pass to Kaylon Gray, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 35-0 at the half.
The final score of the game came in the fourth quarter when Gray connected with T.J. Hudson on a 27-yard TD pass play. The extra point was no good.
Philadelphia finished the night with 417 yards on total offense. The Tornadoes had 291 yards rushing and completed 7-of-9 passing attempts for 126 yards.
Romon Gray had 90 yards rushing on 17 carries and all of Philadelphia's passing yards. Hudson led the receivers with three catches for 67 yards while Kaylon Gray had two catches for 42 yards. Linebacker Fent Mars led the team in tackles with 10. Burnside added eight while Josh Fulton, Darrell Rosell and Jaylen Davis all added seven.
Neshoba Central had 20 yards in total offense. Five came on the ground while the Rockets completed 4-of-8 passes for 15 yards. Cody Fedrick led the team in tackles with 13 while Cristian Steele added 12.Aquil Hickman and Desmond Hernandez both had 11.
Neshoba Central Coach Chuck Friend said his team will go back to work Monday.
"It was a disappointing loss but our kids gave a good effort," Friend said. "Our season doesn't really start until we begin our district schedule. We have next week's game and an open week to get ready."