High School Sports

Sophomore keeps D’Iberville’s playoff hopes alive in Region 4-6A

D’IBERVILLE Behind quarterback Jaden Walley, D’Iberville stayed in the Class 6A state playoff race.

The sophomore threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Warriors beat Harrison Central 36-12 on Friday night at Warrior Stadium.

D’Iberville (4-6, 3-3 Region 4-6A) needs a win at St. Martin next Friday to clinch a postseason berth.

‘’The players were well aware of what was on the line,” Warriors coach Eric Collins said. “We challenged them and they responded. We had a great week of practice.”

Walley ws 7-of-11 for 119 yards and three TDs. He ran for 32 yards and two TDs on five carries. He threw a 18-yard TD pass to Jordan Hartley and a 13-yard scoring strike to J’Quavis Foster. He also threw a 33-yard TD pass to Layton Businelle. He scored on runs of one and 24 yrds.

“The coaches put us in great situations,” Walley said. “The offensive line worked hard. We came out strong and aggressive against Harrison Central. We needed to have a shot at the playoffs.”

Harrison Central took a 6-0 lead on Chase Jones’ 39 yard TD pass to Jacobi Moore three minutes into the game.

The Warriors had a chance to add points late in the first quarter, but Brady Groce’s 50 yard field attempt was wide left.

One minute into the second quarter, D’Iberville took a 7-6 lead when Walley and Hartley connected on a 18 yard TD play.

Chris Clayton’s interception at the Red Rebels’ 25-yard line set up D’Iberville’s short scoring drive.

Disaster continued to strike for the Red Rebels early in the second quarter. Harrison Central’s defensive line blocks the Warriors’ punt. The ball rolls downfield, where a Red Rebel player touched the ball. J’Quavis Foster recovered at the Red Rebels’ 28.

Five plays later, Walley threw a 13 yard pass to Foster for a 14-6 Warriors’ halftime lead. The Warriors took advantage of a roughing the punter penalty to keep their drive alive.

D’Iberville extended its lead to 21-6 on Walley’s one-yard TD run in the third. He added a 33-yard TD pass to Businelle as the third quarter ended with the Warriors up 28-6.

Harrison Central closed within 28-12 on a four-yard TD run with 9:49 left.

Walley’s 24 yard TD run and a two-point conversion run from Foster closed the game’s scoring.

Keon Moore led the Red Rebels (3-7, 2-4) with 122 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Businelle also had an interception for the Warriors.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones