Abe Mars catches a pass during the Tornadoes 29-0 win over Velma Jackson Friday night.
Abe Mars catches a pass during the Tornadoes 29-0 win over Velma Jackson Friday night.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes continue their trek into the Class 3A State Playoffs Friday night when they play host to Wilkinson County in prep football action.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Tornadoes opened the playoffs last Friday when they knocked off Velma Jackson 29-0. Wilkinson County made it past the first round on a 34-28 win over Perry Central.

This will be the second year in a row the two teams met in the second round of the playoffs at Harpole Field. Last year, Philadelphia took a 34-14 victory over the Wildcats. The Wildcats come in at 9-3, losing only to Louisville, Greenwood and Hazlehurst. Philadelphia's only loss came at the hands of Louisville.

Wilkinson County is led by senior quarterback Devin Voorhies, a Dandy Dozen pick who has already committed to sigh with LSU.

"Everything they do runs through Voorhies," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said. "We have to stop him. They have good team speed and are very athletic. We are going to have to play well to beat them."

The Tornadoes held Velma Jackson to 28 rushing yards and seemed to have the game under control, but it wasn't until the third quarter before they put the game away on the scoreboard.

"Velma Jackson had a lot of young kids and they have had some injuries this season," Dyess said. "But they were a good team and really tested us. We needed a game like that to start the playoffs.

The Tornadoes had a 414 total yards on offense with 272 coming on the ground and 114 in the air. The Hawks had 140 total yards. Velma Jackson had 28 rushing yards on 25 carries and 112 passing yards on 10 completions.

Jacardius Griffin put Philadelphia on the scoreboard late in the first quarter on a 28-yard run. The extra point kick was no good and the Tornadoes led 6-0 with 2:39 left in the first quarter.

Philadelphia's only other score in the first half came when the ball rolled out of the Hawks' end zone in the second quarter. At the intermission, Philadelphia led 8-0.

Griffin scored on another 28-yard rush in the third quarter to give the Tornadoes some breathing room. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 15-0. Later in the third quarter, senior quarterback Romon Gray found T.J. Hudson on a three-yard TD pass play. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 22-0.

The final score of the game came on a five-yard run by Griffin. Smith kicked the extra point.

Griffin finished the night with 272 yards on 31 carries. Gray was 9-of-16 for all of the Tornadoes' passing yards. Hudson was his top receiver with six catches for 70 yards.

Linebacker Fent Mars led the defense with 14 tackles. Darrel Rosell added seven tackles and a quarterback sack. Edrick McClendon, Johntreal Pickens and Pat Seales all had an interception.

Velma Jackson finished with a 6-6 record.