CENTREVILLE â€” The Centreville Tigers (10-1; 4-0 District 6-AA) used an early first quarter lead to outlast Oak Hill in the second-half, 59-34, for a MAIS Class-AA first-round playoff win on the campus of Centreville Academy.
Oak Hill entered halftime trailing Centreville, 30-6. The Tigers jumped out to a 23-0 first quarter lead and would score again in the second-quarter to extend their lead over Oak Hill before halftime.
COLUMBUS â€” Senior Aeris Williams and junior Quincy Starks combined for eight touchdowns and 374 rushing yards, and West Point (6-4; 4-2 District 1-5A) ran away from Golden Triangle rival New Hope (4-6; 2-4 District 1-5A), 76-50, in a MHSAA District 1-5A game on the campus of New Hope High School.
The Green Wave clinched a berth into the playoffs with the victory and can enter the MHSAA Class-5A postseason as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed out of District 1-5A.
CALHOUN CITY â€” Hebron Christian (7-3; 4-0 District 7-A) clinched its first eight-man district title and postseason berth with a thrilling win against rival Calhoun Academy, 20-14, in a MAIS District 7-A contest Friday at Billy D. Cook Field on the campus of Calhoun Academy.
In the last minute of the game, Channing Tapley took a shotgun snap and weaved through three Calhoun defenders en route to a 31-yard carry and a third-and-27 conversion to seal the 20-14 Hebron victory â€“ the Eagles fifth consecutive win.
The Oak Hill Raiders are again heading for the MAIS Class-AA postseason as one of four wild cards.
Coming over from an assistant coach post at Immanuel Christian School in Steens, Daniel Merchant could not have imagined the success that he found at Oak Hill with two consecutive berths into the playoffs â€“ an accomplishment he thought he would have achieved later in his tenure.
The West Point Green Wave (5-4; 3-2 District 1-5A) scored 29 unanswered points in the second-half to defeat district opponent Saltillo, 43-22, after trailing by eight points at halftime in a MHSAA contest Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
Recovering a Saltillo onside kick to start the third-quarter, the Wave marched behind five Aeris Williams carries to later find pay dirt on a Quincy Starks' 21-yard touchdown carry. The touchdown run sparked the second-half rally.
PHEBA â€” Hebron Christian (6-3; 3-0 District 7-A) scored three touchdowns with runs from seniors Justin Gordon and Brandon England in its first five offensive plays en route to a shellshocking win over Friendship Christian, 52-6, in a MAIS non-district eight-man tilt on the campus of Hebron Christian School as a part of senior night.
"I had good effort from my guys," Hebron Christian Head Coach David Foster said. "We spread the ball around running it and we got to play a lot of our younger guys. I think we are a different ball club than we were when the season started."
Last week against Lake Cormorant, the Green Wave were unfazed by a 21-point deficit at halftime, scoring 24 points to win its second consecutive district game.
The story was not much different in week 10 as West Point (5-4; 3-2 District 1-5A) scored 29 points in the final two quarters after trailing by eight points to beat Saltillo, 43-22, in a MHSAA District 1-5A contest Friday night at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
The Oak Hill Raiders (5-5; 2-3 District 2-AA) ended its regular season on a low note with a loss to the Leake Academy Rebels (7-3; 5-0 District 2-AA) 35-0 Friday night on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in West Point on senior night.
The Oak Hill Raiders (5-4; 2-2 District 2-AA) are wrapping up the regular season against Leake Academy in the last district game at 7 p.m. tonight on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
Following a tough 49-14 loss to district opponent Canton Academy on the road, the Raiders are hoping to rebound with a more competitive contest with the Leake Rebels at home.
West Point has trailed at halftime three times during the first four district contests. When losing at halftime, the Green Wave has faced a combined deficit of 64-14 and has lost two of the three games.
That luck changed against Lake Cormorant in week eight as West Point used a major comeback to clinch its second district win, 24-21, after falling behind in the first two quarters, 21-0.