South Panola, 28 George County 21
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -
- Darius Barksdale rushed for 333 yards and
four touchdowns to lead South Panola to an unprecedented fifth
straight Class 5A state title with a 28-21 win over George County
It was the Tigers' seventh overall state title and the team's
75th consecutive win, a state record. South Panola (15-0) hasn't
lost a game since the 2002 Class 5A championship against Wayne
Barksdale's touchdowns included short scoring dashes and a
71-yard run in the first half.
South Panola led 21-0 at halftime.
Barksdale's 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter put South
Panola ahead 28-7.
George County (13-2) scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth
quarter on two touchdown passes from Tookie Hopkins to Johnny
Fairley and pulled within 28-21 with 2:54 left in the game.
George County recovered the onside kick and marched to the South
Panola 28 yard line but turned the ball over on downs with 39
seconds remaining in the game.
This was George County's first state championship game