In a game where time seemed to stand still for much of the night, Scotlandville High used quick scores to separate itself from Wilkinson County High.
With four touchdowns of 30 yards or longer, Scotlandville easily turned back their visitors from Woodville, Miss., 59-18 Friday night.
Scotlandville coach Robert Valdez was pleased with the Hornets second-half effort on defense when the Wilkinson offense was held scoreless.
“We needed a game like this in all phases,” Valdez said. “We needed a humbling effect. They throw the ball a lot, and they’re very good at what they do. It gives us some things to work on.”
WCHS quarterback Desmond Hunter completed 30 of 46 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted three times by the Hornets.
Trenton Charles led Scotlandville (3-0) on the ground with 150 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Charles also caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Levi Lewis.
Lewis finished the night 11 of 19 for 253 yards and two scores.
Also turning in a strong performance was running back Marcus Stokes, who picked up 107 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes.
The game took longer than three hours to finish up. All combined, the teams were penalized 30 times for 255 yards. Scotlandville began substituting with eight minutes left as both teams concentrated on running out the clock.
Wilkinson (2-3) took the opening kickoff, and faced third-and-18 at its 31. Hunter completed a short crossing pass to Chris Johnson, who appeared to have open field in front of him. Instead, Johnson collided with the umpire, and DeQuincy Jones returned the fumble 35 yards for the first score.
Jones intercepted Hunter on the next possession setting up a 29-yard drive for Scotlandville’s second score. Charles capped the series with a 2-yard run.
Wilkinson then put together a 14-play, 90-yard drive to pull within 15-6 early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats benefited from three defensive pass interference calls on the drive, which culminated with Hunter’s 11-yard pass to Robert Swint.
Scotlandville wasted little time extending its lead. Lewis connected with Tyson Hives for a 65-yard touchdown on the next series.
After forcing a punt, Charles sprinted through an inside seam for a 57-yard touchdown. With five minutes left in the half, Wilkinson had run 35 plays to Scotlandville’s eight, but trailed 28-6.
Both teams added scores before the half as Scotlandville took a 34-12 lead at the break.
“I’m proud of the way we came back and handled (Wilkinson’s passing) in the second half,” Valdez said. “They did a lot of things early, and we made some adjustments in the second half to be able to slow them down.”