Jaquan Williams rushed for 122 yards on 13 carries and scored once in Mitchell County's win Friday against Terrell County.
DAWSON — You just can’t keep Mitchell County on the ground for long.
The Eagles got knocked down in the region race after a heartbreaking loss to Miller County, but have now reeled off two Region 1-A wins in a row after Friday’s 47-14 win over Terrell County.
“We just had to suck it up,” said Eagles’ senior Jaquan Williams, who finished with a game-high 122 rushing yards and a score on 13 carries. “We couldn’t stay down. We just have to win the rest of the games and pray that somebody upsets Miller County.”
Mitchell County put themselves back in the thick of the Region 1-A race with an explosive second quarter after the Greenwave’s Demarkese Carter punched in an 11-yard touchdown run at the start of the quarter and Jatori Jones’ two-point conversion run gave Terrell an 8-0 lead before Mitchell came alive with 28 unanswered points in less than 12 minutes.
“That second quarter was great,” Mitchell County head coach Larry Cornelius said. “We just rolled from there.”
Jocquil Chester caught his first of two touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Bruce Bryant on a 16-yard fade into the back corner to tie the game after Williams’ two-point conversion run. Williams then added a 9-yard touchdown run with 5:56 left in the half after he sacked Greenwave’s quarterback Jerkerious Scott, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Avery Brown at the Terrell 20.
“The defense caught fire and took care of business,” Cornelius said.
Kavoris Pollard scored on a 7-yard run on an end-around to give Mitchell a 22-8 lead with 1:38 remaining before half and then Tremel Emanuel intercepted Scott and returned it inside the Terrell County 2-yard line to set up another score.
“It makes it easy on the offensive coordinator (Cornelius) when I have to call a play from the one-inch line,” Cornelius said.
Chester, who also had an interception, finished with just two catches, but they both went for scores. His second grab went 53 yards for a touchdown with 5:51 left in the third quarter to put the Eagles (3-4, 2-1 Region 1-A) ahead 34-8.
Scott connected with Osmond Lemons on a 48-yard scoring throw late in the third to cut the Mitchell lead to 34-14, but it was too late for the Greenwave, who have lost two straight region games after winning three in a row before last week’s loss to Seminole County.
“We’re questioning ourselves,” Terrell County head coach William Huff said. “We don’t have a lot of confidence in each other.”
Scott finished with 93 yards rushing on 17 carries and threw for 81 yards on 7-of-17 passing. Lemons caught five of those passes for 68 yards. Carter added 78 rushing yards on 11 carries for the Greenwave (3-4, 1-2 Region 1-A), who go to Miller County Friday.
Mitchell County’s Gregory Florence added a pick six in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard touchdown return and the Eagles finished with three INTs and a fumble recovery. Anfreenee Williams also had a 6-yard score late in the fourth for Mitchell, which travels to Stewart County on Friday.