The Vancleave Bulldogs earned a spot in the playoffs with a 31-28 upset victory over East Central in the Pascagoula River Bowl Friday night in Vancleave.
Cade Posey ran 13 times for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns to be named the game's MVP.
Vancleave (4-7) finished in a three-way tie for third in Region 8-4A with Moss Point and Pass Christian, but earned the No. 3 seed in the region thanks to being the only team of the three with a win over one of the top two seeds in the region. Moss Point reaches the postseason while Pass Christian was left out.
First-year Vancleave head coach Lavon Capers' squad will travel to Mendenhall Friday in the first round of the playoffs.
East Central scored first on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Glenn Evans to Tony Brown, but Vancleave rattled off three consecutive touchdowns - a 1-yard run by Parker Bourque, a 7-yard run by Posey and a 10-yard run by Posey.
East Central finally answered at the midway point of the second quarter with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by A.J. Davis.
Bourque reached the end zone again before the half to give Vancleave a 28-13 lead at halftime.
East Central (6-4, 3-2) had the lone third quarter score on a 5-yard run by Davis to cut the Vancleave lead to 28-20.
Taylor Crabtree added a 31-yard field goal for Vancleave to make it 31-20.
Davis reached the end zone again on a 3-yard run and added the two-point conversion, but it wasn't enough as turnovers plagued the Hornets.
Davis ran 30 times for 131 yards and had three touchdowns total for East Central, which will host Northeast Jones Friday in the first round of the playoffs.
Dylon Mallette added 18 carries for 74 yards for Vancleave and Bourque ran 11 times for 43 yards.
Gautier 47, West Harrison 7: DeAndre Torrey and J.T. Triplett both rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Gautier kept its playoff hopes alive.
LeCharles Pringle also added a rushing score for the Gators (5-5, 3-3) and William Beverly had a punt return for a touchdown.
Gautier can reach the playoffs if it wins at Pascagoula Friday and Hattiesburg (7-4, 3-3) loses at Stone.
Resurrection 25, Lumberton 8: The Resurrection Catholic football program earned its first ever region championship Friday by improving to 9-0 and 5-0 in 4-1A.
"It's sweet," RCS coach Scott Sisson said of the region title. "It's fun with these kids. They played hard. It was close at the half and the end of the third quarter, but the defense played strong again. They got us the ball in good field position and we were able to punch it in. It's the same ole song and dance."
Cearly Parker had a pair of rushing touchdowns, running seven times for 28 yards.
Cearly Parker had two touchdowns and 7 carries total for 28 yards. Justice Sharp also ran seven times for 51 yards and a score.
Patrick Watts led RCS with 15 carries for 92 yards. Phillip Burrows added field goals of 32 and 38 yards.
Steven Demetropoulos had a pair of interceptions on defense for the Eagles, who host Salem in the regular season finale at Gautier on Friday.
St. Martin 43, George County 20: Wayne Overman accounted for 257 yards and four touchdowns as St. Martin overcame a 14-0 deficit to beat George County on Friday night at Gill-Martin Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (9-2, 4-2) are 9-2 for the first time since 1971.
Overman ran for 152 yards on 24 carries 152 yards with one TD, threw 105 and three more scores Tyler Polk added two rushing TDs and one receiving score. Issac Williams and Kalem Reddix also scored. Donte Starks led the Yellow Jackets' defense with 10 tackles, two sacks and two caused fumbles.
Seminary 36, St. Patrick 7: Matt Jones scored on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Frommeyer and also converted the extra-point in St. Patrick's season finale. The Fighting Irish finished the year 0-11 overall and 0-5 in Region 8-3A.
Poplarville 31, Columbia 21: Austin Bolton ran for 106 yards and a touchdown as the Hornets (6-4) clinched third place in Region 7-4A. Tyler Fricke had a kickoff return for touchdown and Chad Hart added another score. Poplarville travels to McComb next week.
Christian Collegiate Academy 41, Park Place 12: The Bulldogs (10-0) won their third straight District title, as Devan Roberts accounted for 150 yards and three TDs. Roberts ran for 82 yards and a TD, 68 yards passing and two scores. T.J. Clolinger added 93 yards rushing, two rushing TDs and a receiving score.
CCA will play North Sunflower in the MAIS state playoffs next week.