Photos by Chris Todd
By Robert Wilson
There is a new champion in MHSAA Class 5A football for the first time since 2015.
Senior quarterback Alan Follis completed 14 of 18 passes for 215 yards and ran for 63 yards and a touchdown to lead West Jones to a 33-27 victory over four-time defending 5A state champion West Point in the 5A state championship game Saturday night at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
West Jones finished 13-2 and won its first state football championship in school history. The Mustangs had lost to West Point two years ago in the championship game. West Point finished 10-4and failed short of tying South Panola as the only MHSAA team to win five consecutive state football titles.
West Point had a chance to take the lead late in the game. But on fourth-and-7 at the West Jones 42, junior quarterback Chris Ivy’s pass fell incomplete at West Jones 20 with 1 minute to play.
West Jones senior running back Kentrell Pruitt gained 70 yards on 23 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 5, 4 and 1 yards. Tajrick Randolph caught five passes for 104 yards.
West Point junior running back Cameron Young gained 74 yards on 14 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 10, 2 and 1 yards. Young finished with 1,639 yards and 30 TDs.