Philadelphia receiver Kaylon Gray battles for a pass reception against Wilkinson County Friday night in the Tornadoes’ 26-6 playoff loss. The pass went incomplete but defensive interference was called on the play.
Philadelphia receiver Kaylon Gray battles for a pass reception against Wilkinson County Friday night in the Tornadoes’ 26-6 playoff loss. The pass went incomplete but defensive interference was called on the play.
It was a bitter loss for the Philadelphia High School Tornadoes to take Friday night as they dropped a 26-6 decision to Wilkinson County in the second round of the Class 3A state football playoff.

"I watched six films on them and this was the best they played all season," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said as his team finished its 2013 campaign with an 11-2 record.

"But the deeper you go into the playoffs, the more important a turnover becomes. And we hurt ourselves with turnovers.

"Eleven wins in a season is a great accomplishment. We put together some good drives in the second half but we couldn't score. We would have liked to have gone further in the playoffs, but Wilkinson County won the game," Dyess said.

The Tornadoes took the opening kickoff. They picked up a first down on a 19-yard pass completion from Romon Gray to T.J. Hudson. But then on the next play, there was a fumble and Wilkinson County recovered on the Tornadoes' 46-yard line.

On first down, Devin Voorhies, the Wildcats' Dandy Dozen quarterback who has committed to LSU, ran to the end zone for a touchdown.

The Wildcats scored the two-point conversion and with 10:51 left in the first quarter, Wilkinson County led 8-0.

The Tornadoes responded with a touchdown drive of their own. Philadelphia took the ball on its 28-yard line and drove 72yards in eight plays for a touchdown. The try for two failed and Wilkinson County led 8-6 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.

Wilkinson County received the kickoff and drove the ball 65 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. This time, Voorhies connected with Allen Zae Staggers on a 12-yard TD pass play. The two point conversion failed and the Wildcats led 14-6 with 5:06 left in the first quarter.

Voorhies connected on a 10-yard TD pass in the second quarter. The extra point try was no good and the Wildcats led 20-6 at the half.

The Tornadoes moved the ball during the second half but could not score. Wilkinson County final points with 4:09 left in the game when Nicholas Hull ran 20 yards for a touchdown.

The extra point was no good with 4:09 left to play.

The Wildcats will take on Seminary in the third round of the state playoffs Friday night.