Undefeated Tornadoes open region play Friday
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes got off to a fast start and never looked back in their 49-12 victory over Leflore County Friday night in prep football action.
The Tornadoes, now 6-0, enter Region 5-3A play Friday night when they host Newton High School. The Tigers may be 0-5 but head coach Teddy Dyess said his team can take nothing for granted.
"If we start thinking about homecoming and take them lightly, we can lose," Dyess said. "This is our first district game and it is important get started with a win.
"We played hard against Leflore County but there are still things we need to correct. Our passing game is improving and that is going to make us stronger as a team. If we can keep other teams off balanced with our passing, they won't be able to concentrate on our running game."
Philadelphia finished with 359 rushing yard on 38 carries. Tornado quarterback Romon Gray completed 3-of-7 passing attempts for 47 yards, giving Philadelphia 406 total yards,
The Tornadoes did all of their scoring in the first half.
Jacardius Griffin scored a pair of quick touchdowns on runs of three and 36 yards. John Harold Smith kicked both extra points and the Tornadoes led 14-0 with 10:34 left in the first quarter.
Leflore County answered with a touchdown of its own as Devonte Grow caught a 61-yard TD pass from Grant Simms. The extra point failed and the Tornadoes led 14-6 with 9:50 left in the first quarter.
Griffin scored again on a 14-yard TD run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 21-6 with 8:01 left in the first quarter.
Gray got into the scoring act later in the first quarter when he scored on a 72-yard run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 28-6 with 4:21 left in the period.
Gray scored two more touchdowns and threw for another one in the second quarter.
First, he ran in on a four-yard run, and then scored again on a 60-yard run. Smith kicked both extra points and the Tornadoes led 42-6.
The final Philadelphia scored came with 1:56 left in the first half when Gray connected with tight end Abe Mars on a five-yard TD pass play. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 49-6 at the half.
In the fourth quarter, Leflore County recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. But the issue had already been settled.
Gray had a busy night as he led the team in rushing with 162 yards on eight carries. Griffin had 137 yards on 12 carries, and Kenshon Henderson had 42 yards on seven rushes. Kaylon Gray had two catches for 42 yards.
Fent Mars led the team in tackles with six, including one sack. Keylon Burnside had five tackles while Ken Triplett had four. Anthony Triplett and Josh Fulton both had an interception, and Darrell Russell and Jaylon Carter both recovered a fumble.
Dyess noted that defensive linemen Doug Taylor and Mark Hughes had a good game. He also noted that Warlchez Spencer started in place of Malek Moore, who was out with an injury, and did well. Dyess said that lineman Dustin Sullivan, who has been out with an injury, is expected to be ready to play this week.