High School Sports

Here’s how one Stone County standout racked up yardage against FCAHS

jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Terrion Avery ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns as Stone High School easily rushed by Forrest County Agricultural High School 42-7 in Mississippi high school football Friday.

The effort was Avery’s second 200 yard game — he rushed for 250 against Vancleave to open the season — and pushes him to 592 yards in just three games.

“It’s all the offensive line,” Avery said after the game.

But, after picking up 1,278 yards last year as a junior, Avery said he has larger goals this year.

“My goal is to rush for 2,000 yards this year,” Avery said. “A lot of people think 1,200 yards is a lot, but 2,000 yards is the mark of elite backs.”

Stone County coach John Feaster said it was a blessing to have someone like Avery on his first team as a head coach.

“You are seeing the benefit of his hard work,” Feaster said. “He’s an awesome kid and a great runner. We fill that if we gave him the ball 50 times, we would win.”

Stone County turned to Avery often Friday night as the senior back topped 135 yards on the opening play of the second quarter. Avery opened the scoring with an 8-yard run on the Tomcats opening drive and Preston Stringer connected with Nick Brown on a 13-yard scoring play to push Stone to a 14-0 lead.

But turnovers — the Tomcats (3-0) lost two fumbles — and penalties — the Tomcats were hit for 11 flags for 85 yards —allowed Forrest AHS to hang around. Roy’Quez McNair connected with Kijana Breeland on a 17-yard pass play to cut the Tomcats lead to 14-7 at the half, despite having only four first downs to 11 for Stone and 54 total yards to the Tomcats 199 yards.

The second half, though, was all Stone County as Avery added touchdowns on runs of 9 and 1 yards. Kentrell McCray added a 10 yard rushing touchdown and Enrique Whaley returned a punt 72 yards for the game’s final score.

Avery’s first score of the second half, coming on the Tomcat’s initial possession in the third quarter, came after a blocked punt.

The second-half blowout allowed Feaster to look at other runners besides Avery.

“We tried to build some depth tonight,” he said. “We’re blessed with several runningbacks.’

McCray finished with 50 yards on five carries while Jakalyn Green added 50 yards on eight carries.

While the Tomcats offense easily moved the ball on the ground, the Stone County defense didn’t give up much to Forrest (0-3). Behind Spencer Edwards, who had two sacks on the night, the Tomcats gave up only six first downs and 89 total yards, forcing nine punts.

Cornelius Smith paced the Aggies offense with 26 yards on nine carries and a catch for 20 yards.

The game was played at St. Patrick High School due to delays in renovations to A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Wiggins.

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