Nov. 17—After a gritty, miraculous run to the quarterfinals, Mooreville finally ran out of magic in the state quarterfinals on Friday.
Mooreville came up short in its matchup against Amanda Elzy 44-2. The Troopers found themselves down 28-2 at halftime, and they couldn't find another comeback win.
"My kids never quit," Mooreville head coach Jimmy Young said. "I've got no complaints on their effort. They played hard all the way through."
Mooreville's run came a year after a winless season, and its postseason success came with talented freshman quarterback Wyatt McDaniels injured. It will go down as the Troopers' first trip to the quarterfinals, and they're hoping it won't be the last.
"It's just a testament to these seniors that I've got and the effort they put into this," Young said. "It's setting the stage for what could occur at Mooreville for a few years to come."
Also on Friday
Biggersville 42, West Lowndes 8
Biggersville scored early and often to punch its ticket to the Class 1A North half final, where it will face Vardaman. Jathan Hatch and Tre Gunn ran wild against the West Lowndes defense, and Biggersville jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Houston 42, West Lauderdale 21
These two teams squared off in the second round last year, and Houston once again prevailed as the victor on Friday. The Hilltoppers will be returning to the North half final for the second consecutive year. Houston will look to avenge last year's loss to Louisville when the two teams square off again next week for a spot in the state championship game.
West Point 34, Holmes County 21
West Point's bid to make its eighth consecutive state championship game remained alive Friday night with a win over Holmes County. After the two teams were tied at 14 at halftime, West Point outscored its opponent 14-0 in the third quarter to pull away with the win. The Green Wave will face Clarksdale next week.
Clarksdale 21, Lafayette 0
Lafayette was shut out to end its season. Clarksdale has beaten Lafayette twice this season now.
Winona 49, East Webster 26
Winona's high-octane offense was too much for East Webster to contain on Friday. Winona is still undefeated, while East Webster suffered just its third loss of the season.
Union 34, Calhoun City 26
Calhoun City's undefeated season ends with a loss in the quarterfinals. Union scored 28 points in the third quarter after trailing at halftime. Calhoun City rallied to make it a one-possession game, but the Wildcats came up just short.