High School Sports

East Central finishes off perfect regular season vs. Vancleave

East Central Hornets head football coach Seth Smith.
East Central Hornets head football coach Seth Smith. Special to the Sun Herald

The East Central football team closed out a perfect regular season with a 62-7 win at Vancleave Friday night.

The Hornets (9-0, 5-0 in Region 8-4A) will play host to Lanier (4-7) in the first round of the Class 4A South State playoffs on Nov. 3.

“It just solidifies everything we’ve worked for,” Smith said of finishing off a perfect regular season. “These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work. They’ve bought in with a tremendous attitude and awesome effort. They’re reaping what they sow.”

East Central senior running back Tony Brown ran 15 times for 201 yards and six touchdowns, giving him a total of 11 touchdowns over the last two weeks and 27 for the season.

Senior quarterback Rylee Brown continued to be accurate throwing the ball, completing 5 of 8 attempts for 66 yards.

Jared Goff added three carries for 70 yards and a touchdown for East Central.

Vancleave’s lone score came on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tristan Glass to Xavier Bass with 1:34 left in the second quarter.

East Central responded with a 9-yard touchdown run by Brown with 9 seconds left in the half to give the Hornets a 34-7 lead at halftime.

Vancleave’s season came to a close Friday night with a record of 3-7.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee