Central outlasts Scotlandville

A game that was up for grabs ended with Dillon Brumfield grabbing a tipped pass in the end zone with 2:26 remaining to help Central High come away with a 27-26 victory over Scotlandville High in a pivotal District 4-5A game played Friday at SHS.

“Kevin Henry tipped it (pass) and No. 1 (Scotlandville’s Dontrell Hilliard) was back there too,” Brumfield said. “It was like the ball was up three in slow motion and I let it come down to me. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

“This was a big win for us, but it’s just one. We’ve got to be ready every week.”

Central (4-1, 1-0) led 21-0 at halftime, but had to withstand a torrid rally in which Scotlandville (3-1, 1-1) scored four second-half TDs in an elapsed time of 6:17.

Hilliard, who ran for 57 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 16-yard run to give Scotlandville a 26-21 lead with 7:57 remaining.

Darion Williams completed 12-of-17 passes for the Hornets, with Jordan Tucker hauling in seven passes for 94 yards, including two second-half touchdowns.

Jake Myer ran for 79 yards on 15 carries for Central, including a 2-yard go-ahead score 3:28 left. He also had a 31-yard romp that helped seal the win. Jarrad Hayes completed 11-of-18 passes for 147 yards and two TDs, while Joseph Pourciau had five catches for 62 yards and one TD for CHS.

“At halftime we knew it wasn’t over,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “We thought we could rush the football in the second half and they stopped us.

“When I look at the film, I think I’ll see a Scotlandville team that pinned their ears back and got after us. We had to withstand the onslaught and our guys answered the bell.”

It was the second straight year Central has edged the Hornets by one point.

“I thought we played passive in the first half and didn’t tackle well,” Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said.

“We made the adjustments and we executed well. You’ve got to love that fight in kids. We came back. I think some guys grew up tonight. I’m damn proud of my guys, but hats off to Central.”

Central chewed up more than half of the first quarter with a 15-play scoring drive to start the game.

Myer scored a 3-yard run and Greg Noel kicked the PAT, giving Central a 7-0 lead with 5:23 left in the first quarter. The teams traded possessions throughout the remainder of the first quarter.

The Wildcats held Hilliard in check through most of the first half and held a 178-35 yardage advantage.

Williams completed a two screen passes to Hilliard for gains of 9 and 12 yards late in the half. The Hornets got to the CHS 47 before Williams was sacked.

Central took over with 2:25 left. A 34-yard pass from Hayes to Pourciau set up the Wildcats second score – Hayes’ 31-yard scoring strike to Ryan Major that made it 14-0 with 24.6 seconds left.

The Wildcats weren’t done yet. Kris Davis recovered a Scotlandville fumble with 17.1 seconds left. Hayes tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Pourciau that made it 21-0 on the final play of the half.

Scotlandville took the second-half kickoff and drove 64 yards for a TD. Williams tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to Tucker. Two short punts and fumble also played into the Hornets’ rally.

The first short punt gave SHS the ball at the Central 36. Williams threw a 25-yard TD pass to Tucker and Hillard ran for the two-point conversion that made it 21-14 with 5:28 left in the third quarter.

Field position flipped in the Hornets favor and punt rush Tyler Sansone narrowly got off the kick that Scotlandville covered at the Central 15. Hilliard scored on a 17-yard run that made it 21-20 with 10:19 to go in the game.

Three plays later, Myer fumbled and Deldrick Canty recovered, setting up Hilliard’s go-ahead score.

Central then drove 59 yards in 10 plays to net the game-winning TD.