‘Philadelphia’s Dontae Poe rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries Friday night during the Tornadoes’ 45-0 win over Choctaw Central.
‘Philadelphia’s Dontae Poe rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries Friday night during the Tornadoes’ 45-0 win over Choctaw Central.
It was business as usual for the Philadelphia Tornadoes Friday night as they took a 45-0 victory over Choctaw Central in prep football action.

The Tornadoes remained undefeated in Region 5-3A play with a 3-0 record and stand at 8-1 overall. Philadelphia visits Southeast Lauderdale Friday night with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Warriors fell to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in the region and will host Raleigh Friday.

Region 5-3A standings

Overall Region


Philadelphia 8-1 3-0

Choctaw County 8-1 3-0

Forest 6-3 2-1

SE Lauderdale 3-6 1-2

Raleigh 3-6 0-3

Choctaw Central 1-8 0-3

"Overall, it was a good performance by our team," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said. "Our defense had an outstanding game. I think we held them to about 10 yards in offense and three first downs. We have had great players in time here at Philadelphia, but overall, this is the best defense we have had.

"Now we have to go to Southeast Lauderdale and take care of business. We don't worry about the other team. We concentrate on improving Philadelphia and taking care of our business."

The Tornadoes scored on their second possession of the game when quarterback Romon Gray connected with Kaylon Gray on a 38-yard touchdown pass play. The extra point try failed and the Tornadoes led 6-0 with 5:42 left in the first quarter.

The Warriors were forced to punt on fourth down after the kickoff and the Tornadoes were on their way to another score. Gray connected with T.J. Hudson on a 20-yard completion and Dontae Poe ran for another 23 yards to give Philadelphia a first down on the Warriors' four. Gray would run the ball in on the next play. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 13-0 with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Tornadoes added two more touchdowns in the second quarter. First, Kenshon Henderson went in on a two-yard run, capping a four-play, 39-yard drive. Smith's kick was true and the Tornadoes led 20-0 with 4:33 left in the first half.

The Tornadoes held the Warriors to four downs and then put up their final points of the half. Gray connected with Hudson on a 29-yard TD pass with 1:27 remaining. Smith kicked the extra point to give his team a 27-0 lead.

Gray connected with Abe Mars on a seven-yard TD pass play in the third quarter. The kick failed and the Tornadoes led 33-0.

Kaylon Gray returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The kick failed and the Tornadoes led 39-0.

Terry McBeath scored on a five-yard run late in the game to end the scoring. The run failed.

Philadelphia finished with 425 total yards. The Tornadoes had 298 rushing yards on 45 carries and completed 8-of-11 passes for 127 yards.

Poe was the leading rusher with 137 yards on 18 carries. Henderson added 80 yards on 11 carries. Romon Gray rushed for 36 yards and accounted for all of Philadelphia's passing yards. Hudson had four catches for 70 yards while Kaylon Gray had two catches for 48 yards.

Darrell Rosell was the leading Philadelphia tackler with nine stops including one sack. Fent Mars had eight tackles and an interception; Keylon Burnside and Josh Rush both had eight tackles and two interceptions; Jaylon Davis had eight tackles; and, Brad Horne had six tackles and two sacks.

Damien Chickaway was the leading tackler for Choctaw Central with six stops.

"We are hanging in there," Choctaw Central Coach Troy Savell said. "It's been a tough season but now we are focusing on Raleigh. I think we'll be matched up with them."