High School Sports

Harrison Central holds off Warriors

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Harrison Central's Dee White
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Harrison Central's Dee White SUN HERALD

D'IBERVILLE -- Harrison Central is in position to earn homefield advantage for round one of the Class 6A state playoffs.

Tavis Williams and Dee White connected on two touchdown passes as the Red Rebels stunned D'Iberville 21-17 on Friday night at Warrior Stadium.

Harrison Central (5-6, 4-2) will earn the second seed in Region 4-6A with a victory over Ocean Springs next Friday at Earl Phillips Sr. Stadium. D'Iberville (5-6, 3-3) must beat St. Martin to reach the 6A playoffs.

"I've got a great group of kids who play hard," Red Rebels coach Casey Cain said. "We've played with everybody, but we've been on the short end of the stick. The kids didn't give up and kept competing."

White, who had 126 yards on four receptions and two scores, credited his teammates. "The offensive line played great and Tavis put the ball where it needed to be," White said.

Harrison Central converted defensive back Tridarius Williams' two interceptions into a 14-0 second quarter lead.

The Red Rebels took a 7-0 lead on Tavis Williams' 50 yard TD pass to Dee White two minutes into the second quarter.

Harrison Central padded its lead to 14-0 on Walter Carter's one yard touchdown run.

Williams' 50 yard interception return set up the Red Rebels' three-play, 20-yard scoring drive.

The Warriors' offense finally woke up late in the second quarter. Cory Ladner's 37 yard field goal cut the gap to 14-3 at halftime.

JaQuavius Foster's 17 yard TD run cut gap to 14-10 midway in the third quarter.

Harrison Central converted a second and 35 when Williams and White connected on a 80 yard scoring play as the Red Rebels led 21-10.

The Warriors stayed close, as Green's four yard TD run made it 21-17 after three quarters.

D'Iberville, however, had a chance to win in the closing minutes.

D'Iberville reached Harrison Central's 42-yard-line with 45 seconds left and faced fourth-and-seven. Green avoided the Red Rebels' pass rush and flipped a pass to Nick Jenkins, who slipped and fell three yards short of the first down. Harrison Central ran out the clock to secure the win.

Williams threw for 162 yards and two scores to lead the Red Rebels.

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