BIGGERSVILLE – Just one play.
Biggersville had a night full of them on offense and defense in a 35-28 win to avenge a 2021 playoff loss to Hollandale-Simmons on Friday. The Lions will now travel to McEvans next week for North half
A Dylan Rowsey 92-yard pick-6 with 3:52 left put the game out of reach.
“I’ve been telling (my teammates) all game long one play can make a difference,” he said. “Malachi Stafford put pressure on their quarterback, and I was in the right place at the right time. When I broke away from that one dude, I saw Malachi in front of me giving the touchdown sign and I knew I was gone.”
The score put the Lions ahead 35-22 with 3:52 to play.
Biggersville led from start to finish, scoring first on its opening possession. The Lions marched 75 yards in nine plays, capped by the first of two touchdown passes from Drew Rowsey to Tre Gunn with 8:18 left in the first quarter. The Lions led 6-0 after a failed PAT.
After a series of negative plays, ending with a bad snap on fourth-and-10, Biggersville took over at the Simmons 21-yard line. Jathan Hatch ran around left end to push the Lions’ lead to 14-0 after Drew Rowsey ran in the two-point conversion at the 4:52 mark in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils answered with a 73-yard, 14-play drive to pull within 14-8 with 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
After a Simmons interception, Gunn recovered a fumble to set Biggersville up at the Blue Devils’ 21-yard line. Gunn found the end zone from three yards out with 10:14 left in the first half. The first of three Eli Nguyen PATs gave the Lions a 21-8 lead.
The Blue Devils answered again with a 13-play, 68-yard drive. The two-point conversion cut the Biggersville lead to 21-16 with 4:33 left in the first half.
After a Lions’ punt gave Simmons the ball at the 1:07 mark of the second quarter, Dylan Rowsey grabbed an interception at the Biggersville 45 and returned it to the Blue Devils’ 6-yard line. Drew Rowsey found Gunn from six yards out with 41 seconds left in the first half. Hatch ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Lions a 29-16 lead going into the half.
Gunn grabbed another Lions interception at the Biggersville 23-yard line on a one-handed catch at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter.
Simmons cut the Lions lead to 29-22 with a 57-yard, 7-play drive at the 3:03 mark of the third.
After the Dylan Rowsey pick-6, the Blue Devils responded with a 67-yard, 11-play drive. The 2-point conversion failed and set the final at 38-28.
“We came in focused and got the job done,” Gunn said. “This was one of my best games, but even if it wasn’t, I knew my team had my back.”
Hatch finished with 124 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Gunn had six carries for 14 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 33 yards, both for scores.
Drew Rowsey was 7 of 15 passing for 94 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Dylan Rowsey was his leading receiver with five catches for 61 yards, and he also led defensively with 13 tackles and two interceptions. Malachi Stafford added seven tackles.
Aggies fall to Noxubee on the road
Kossuth’s strong season came to an end in the third round for the second season in a row, this time on the road at Noxubee County 32-10.
“It was a tough game, and I thought we didn’t win the line of scrimmage. That was the biggest thing,” Kossuth coach Brian Kelly said. “Our kids battled back after we got down 20-0, and we put 10 on the board.”
Noxubee took a 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game on a Martavius Wicks 48-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion failed.
The Aggies (10-3) held them until late in the first quarter when Wicks found the end zone again on an 11-yard run, and two minutes later, they stretched that to 20-0 when Jadquist Clark hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from KaMario Taylor.
Kossuth scored its touchdown with 4:50 left in the second quarter on a four-yard run from Reece Crum on fourth and goal as Noxubee was flagged for pass interference on the prior snap.
Brody Hajek nailed a 39-yard field goal to cut it to 20-10 as time expired in the first half, but the Tigers started rolling again in the second half.
Kossuth had the ball to open the third quarter but eventually turned it over on downs.
“We drove down the field and couldn’t find the end zone, and then we got an interception and missed a field goal,” Kelly said. “They had some big plays early on their first three touchdowns, and Noxubee is a really good ballclub. It’s a tough place to play, and you would love to be at home, but I thought that didn’t play as much of a factor as not winning the line of scrimmage.”
Wicks scored with 7:17 left in the third on a 16-yard run, and he had his fourth touchdown of the night with 9:50 left in the game.
Kossuth ran 71 plays to Noxubee’s just 35 plays and had 24 first downs to the Tigers’ 12. They finished with 251 yards of offense, 136 of that on the ground, and Noxubee had 331 yards, including 231 yards rushing.
Jack Johnson led the Aggies with 110 yards rushing on 22 carries. Brady Kelly added 24 yards on nine carries. Johnson also passed for 115 yards, with Reid Coward having two catches for 37 yards and Hank Eaton having three catches for 25 yards. Johnson also hauled in an interception on defense.
“Jack is going to be Jack. He’s a winner, a tough competitor, and he’s someone you want on your team,” Kelly said.
Noxubee County moves on to face Amory in the North half finals.
“This senior group has done a lot,” Kelly said. “Coming off a three-win season two years ago and having back-to-back ten win seasons and making it to the third round of the playoffs, that’s the first time in school history. They are a great group of guys. Now we will get back to work in the offseason and get in the weight room.”