BAY ST. LOUIS -- The East Central Hornets have clinched a playoff berth after Friday's 27-13 win over Bay High. The win gives East Central (7-3, 3-1) its third win in Region 8-4A football.
"Unless my math is wrong, we've won three division games so that should get us into the playoffs," Hornets coach Seth Smith said. "Tonight's win wasn't pretty, but they found a way to win. I'm so very happy for these seniors. They've been with us the whole time, and they have not deviated from their attitudes one bit."
The Hornets got off to a rocky start after fumbling the ball on the second play of the game. However, the Tigers (4-5, 1-3) were not able to capitalize on the turnover. The Hornets shut down Bay High at the one yard-line on fourth and goal.
The Hornets drew first blood on 32-yard touchdown run from senior back A.J. Davis. Davis finished with 257 yards and three TDs.
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"He's been doing great all year," Smith said. "But he'll be the first to tell you that he's got a great line in front of him. But you can't measure that kid's heart. He's a joy to coach."
Senior Houston Gibson completed the Hornets' scoring with a 10-yard TD run before the second quarter ended.
The Hornets will close the season with a division game at home Friday against Vancleave.
"This is a big game for us," Smith said. "We are just going to keep being who we are as we get ready for the game."
After Friday's loss, the Tigers fall to 4-5 on the year and 1-2 in division play.
Pullom hobbled off the field in the second quarter without any assistance. He returned on offense for the last two downs of the second quarter and he played on both sides of the ball during the second half.
The Tigers showed some signs of life in the second half after a 31-yard TD run by Justin McKee midway through the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, quarterback Steven Good hit Tyler Daniels for an 11-yard TD reception.