By Robert Wilson
Photos by Jared Thomas

​If Leake Academy plays like it did Friday night against Pillow Academy, the Rebels have a good shot of repeating as MAIS Class 5A state football champions. 

​Senior running back Canon Parks gained 210 yards and scored three touchdowns and passed for another TD scored 42 points in the first half and defeated Pillow 49-14 in the MAIS Class 5A quarterfinals at Leake.

​Leake, which produced 379 rushing yards, improved to 10-1 and won its ninth straight game since a 27-13 loss to Class 6A Jackson Academy. The Rebels went 13-0 last season and haven’t lost a 5A game since a 25-0 decision to Heritage in the 2019 5A playoffs. Leake plays Copiah Academy next week in the semifinals at Leake. Pillow finished 6-6.

​Parks scored on runs of 37, 10 and 3 yards and completed a 19-yard TD pass to Rhett Atkinson in the first half. Also, Riley Myers had a 41-yard interception return for a TD and Whitt Welch scored on a 25-yard TD as Leake jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead.

​Dylan Jones scored on a 14-yard run for a 49-0 lead before Pillow scored on Dayne Sanford’s 5-yard run and Nelson Hodges’ 3-yard run