Noxubee County falls to Jefferson Davis County by 10 in 3A state title game

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. Coming off a timeout with 7:10 left in the first quarter, Jefferson Davis County’s offense lined up at Noxubee County’s 36-yard line.

The ball was snapped and Lyric Hall immediately looked left, throwing deep to running back Keyser Booth for a touchdown that caused an uproar of cheering from the home side of M.M. Roberts Stadium. The Jaguars would strike first going up 7-0.

Another touchdown would soon follow later in the quarter off an 80-yard rush up the middle by Booth off a touchback. Trailing 13-0, the Tigers would answer back in the second quarter when quarterback Marlon Windham found Anthony Little who tumbled into the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown catch.

While the Tigers trailed only 19-7 at halftime, Booth would run for his third touchdown of the game to give Jefferson Davis County an 18 point lead. The Tigers would then score with close to a minute left in the game but they couldn’t catch the Jaguars who would go on to win 25-15 and claim their fourth state title in six years.

“We just didn’t make plays in the second half,” Noxubee County head coach Teddy Young said. “We had our chance, we got some stops but we just didn’t capitalize offensively.”

Noxubee County ended the game with 144 total rushing yards compared to Jefferson Davis County that racked up 329 total rushing yards.

Windham went 18-34 for 202 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Tigers while Booth rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.

"It was a great season. I love my senior class, they bought in my first year as the head coach - they bought into everything I was selling,” Young said postgame. “I just wish we could have won it for them but it shows you the program is on the right track.”