Saturday's in Mississippi are typically reserved for grilling and SEC football after a Friday night under the lights with high school football. Storms and lightning delays brought on cancellations around south Mississippi, including Friday's scheduled match-up between West Jones and South Jones.
With an 11 a.m. start time and no bands on either side, the Mustangs pulled together a 37-5 victory over the Braves to stay undefeated in both season and district play.
Mustangs head coach Scott Pierson thought it was a strange atmosphere to play in.
"It was just a weird game. We tried to play last night but couldn't, so we woke the kids up early, and I think both sides weren't emotionally ready to play."
Things did start slow for both sides until Kentrel Pruitt found the endzone from one-yard out to give the Mustangs the 7-0 lead with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter. West never looked back from that point, scoring 30 unanswered points in the first half.
A 59-yard pass from Allan Follis to Tajrick Randolph, nine-yard rush by Jasper Jones, four-yard rush by Josh McDonald, and Benjamin Cooper field goal all came in the first half.
South Jones did manage to nab an interception in the first half when BJ Hawthorne came up with an errant Follis throw.
The second half of action saw South Jones get all of their five points as a botched snap went out of the endzone and resulted in a safety, and Mark Diers kicked a field goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
West Jones' lone second-half score came in the third quarter when McDonald found the endzone from 11-yards out.
Overall Pierson was not thrilled with the way his team performed, but pointed to himself, saying it starts with him.
"I don't think we played well, to be honest, but I think there are a lot of reasons for that. It is my job to get them ready to play, and I don't think I did a great job."
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West Jones' defense as a whole did not allow a Braves touchdown and gave up one field goal late in the contest.
The Mustangs will move on to host Forest Hill this upcoming Friday while South Jones seeks their first region win against Jim Hill this Friday.