Pearl River Central fought to the end, but the Blue Devils could not beat Wayne County.
The War Eagles prevailed 28-14.
The first half was a slow start for the Devils. By halftime, the Blue Devils were down 28-6.
In the first half, the War Eagles scored on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joshua Page in the first quarter, an 8-yard touchdown run by middle linebacker Perionta Norsworthy, in the first quarter an 85-yard touchdown by wide-receiver Demetrius Harris Jr. and finally a 1-yard touchdown run by Page late in the second quarter.
War Eagle Kicker Colton Neff connected on all of his extra point attempts on the night, but the scores in the first half of the game would be the last time the War Eagles would reach pay dirt that night.
The Blue Devils put points on the board before the end of the first half when running back Kalvin Briggs toted the ball 3 yards across the end zone midway through the second quarter.
A failed attempt at a two-point conversion followed, leaving the score at 28-6 going into the half.
The second half is where the Blue Devils displayed some of the talent they may be able to utilize later in the season.
Defensive strikes caused key turnovers just when a another War Eagles touchdown was just inches within reach.
Briggs was able to capitalize on that momentum late in the third quarter when he closed the 2-yard gap for a touchdown. He finished with 65 yards rushing and two scores.
A 2-point conversion involving a successful pass from Devils quarterback Cameron Brunson to free safety Tristan Anderson brought the Devils to 28-14, with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
“He threw the ball well,” Blue Devils Head Coach Larry Dolan said. “He’s a freshman but we got him growing up early. I think his best years are in front of him.”
That would be the last time the Devils would cross the end zone, but the defense and offense made several attempts to capitalize on miscues from the War Eagles to further close the gap. There just wasn’t enough time left in the game.
Dolan was proud of his team’s performance.
“Every time we touch it we got to have drives like those two big drives we had tonight,” Dolan said. “Our offense has got to be our best defense down the road.”
Next week PRC will host Hattiesburg for homecoming at 7 p.m.