High School Sports

Brandon boys, girls reach 6A South State Soccer Finals

BRANDON -- For whatever reason Biloxi is snake bit in the second round. And after Saturday that trend continues.

Brandon's Joshua Parron scored the lone goal of the game with 10 minutes left in the second half to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 win over the Indians in the second round of the MHSAA Boys Class 6A playoffs.

Brandon (18-2-1) will host Ocean Springs for the South State Championship on Tuesday night. The game could be moved due to the threat of severe weather on Tuesday.

"Second round seems to be our Achilles heel, but both teams left it out on the field and I couldn't be more proud of the guys," said Biloxi coach Randall Molsbee. "We had plenty of chances to put the ball in the goal, but didn't. Give Brandon's defense they were physical and played tough."

Biloxi (16-5-2) had numerous chances to tie the game late in the second half.

Parron's goal came on break away. His first shot attempt was blocked by Biloxi goal keeper Jacob Clark then Parron would head the ball in the goal on the rebound.

"I thought I would score in the man on man with the goalie, but he made a good save and I was in the right spot to head the ball in," Parron said. "Overall it was a great game we needed a tough physical game and that is what you get in the playoffs."

For Brandon it is now on to the Greyhounds.

"We are very familiar with each other that's for sure," said Brandon coach Randy West. "It'll be just like this one a very physical game that could be determined by one goal."

Brandon girls 2, Gulfport 1: Olivia Taylor and Anna Beth Griffith each had a goal to lift the Lady Bulldogs past the Lady Admirals in the second round of the MHSAA Girls Class 6A playoffs. Brandon (21-0) will host Ocean Springs for the South State Championship on Tuesday.

Alexis Arnoult scored the lone Gulfport goal with two minutes left in the first half to tie the game at 1.

"We gave early goals at the beginning of each half and that is tough to deal with," said Gulfport coach Chris Pryor. "I'm proud of how we played today and we stuck to the game plan, but didn't some breaks."