Raedarius Triplett (21) rushes to the outside of the defense to pick up yards for Philadelphia.
Raedarius Triplett (21) rushes to the outside of the defense to pick up yards for Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Tornadoes hope to get their first full game in this week when they play host to Bay Springs.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday night.

The Tornadoes were leading 20-6 against Ruleville last Thursday when the game was stopped because of lightning. Attempts to complete the game on Saturday were unsuccessful. The Ruleville school administration ruled the Tigers would not return to Philadelphia.

“This was a big disadvantage to us,” Philadelphia coach Bobby Hall said. “We need to play. We are learning a new offensive system which is opposite of what we did here last year.

“Also, we need to get in game shape and the best way to do that is to play. But there is nothing we can do about that now.”

Last year, the Tornadoes took a 44-25 win over the Bulldogs. Bay Springs, which finished 9-5 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs, opened its 2018 campaign by beating county rival Stringer 39-6 last week.

“They have a good team,” Coach Hall said. “They are a wing-T team and mostly run the ball. I don’t think they throw it much.”

Against Ruleville, the Tornadoes took the opening kickoff and scored on third down when quarterback Asher Morgan connected with Kadarius Calloway on a 47-yard touchdown pass play. Lideatrick Griffin scored the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 8-0 with 11:10 left in the first.

Ruleville bounced back and scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass play from Joseph Perez to Fabian Carter. The extra point try failed and the Tornadoes led 8-6 with 10:29 left in the first quarter.

The Tornadoes took the kickoff on their own 37 and put together an 11-play drive. Deiondre “The Bus” Fox ran on five of the last seven plays of the drive and carried the Tornadoes into the end zone on a one-yard run. The try for two failed and the Tornadoes led 14-6 with 6:03 left in the first quarter.

The Tornado defense held the Tigers on fourth down and the Philadelphia offense was back on the field. Morgan connected with Griffin on a 40-yard play that put Philadelphia on the Ruleville one-yard line. A penalty pushed the Tornadoes back five yards. But they muscled the ball back to the one. On the first play of the second quarter, Fox scored again on a one-yard run. The extra point try failed and the Tornadoes led 20-6 with 11:51 left in the second quarter.

The Tornado defense forced Ruleville to punt. The Tornadoes ran two plays, including a 25-yard pass completion from Morgan to Calloway.

Then there was a flash of lightning and the officials cleared the field. At 9 p.m., it was decided to call the game.

Morgan completed 6-of-12 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown. The Tornadoes rushed for 41 yards.

“We are going to focus on Bay Springs this week,” Coach Hall said. “But our big emphasis is to work on Philadelphia and fine tune what we are doing.”