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|Hounds fall at Porter's Chapel|
A mist and fog setted over Porter's Chapel's football field during the last part of the Eagle's home playoff game against Huntington School Friday in Vicksburg.
Things got even gloomier for the Hounds with 2:54 remaining in the contest as the Eagles connected on a 24-yard scoring pass to defeat the Hounds, 27-26, and advance to the South A State championship game.
"It was a heckuva high school football game," said Porter's Chapel head coach Randy Wright. "Fortunately, we didn't leave them a lot of time at the end because they probably would have scored because we couldn't stop them."
Huntington ends its season at 9-4. The Hounds advanced to South A State last year agaisnt Glenbrook. Porter's Chapel will face Glenbrook Friday for the South A State championship.
"I'm proud of the kids," said Huntington head coach Chad Harkins. "During the off-season everybody was asking how in the world are you going to replace Chris (Carroll), Jody (Cottongin), Seth (Swilley) and Dude (Harrell). I believe overall we were better offensively at the end of this year than we were last year. We just came up a little short."
Huntington's game plan was to control the ball and the clock, and for the most part the Hounds stuck to that play, amassing 366 yards on the ground and holding on to the ball for 36 minutes.
"They actually had only two possessions in the second half, but they scored on both possessions," Harkins said. "We gave up three big pass plays and we missed three two-point conversions. They had three plays that were big for them that we went over and over during the week."
The Hounds had four scoring drives in the game, none of which lasted less than 12 plays or six minutes.
Porter's Chapel used its fast-tempo offensive game for its points on the night.
Clayton Holmes hit Jeremy Roach on a 54-yard TD pass on the first play of the game on a reverse flea flicker, and a 27-yard TD pass to Austin Palmer capped a quick four-play drive just before halftime.
Huntington took an 8-7 lead over the Eagles as Jeremy Randall scored on a 10-yard run and Kevin Brown ran in the conversion.
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The Eagled led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter as Josh Perry scored on a 3-yard run with 13 seconds remaining. The conversion kick failed.
Huntington went on a long, time-consuming drive in the second quarter with Josh Lee scoring on a 2-yard run to put the Hounds up 14-13.
But Holmes connected with Palmer and Perry ran in the conversion wtih 41 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Eagles a 21-14 halftime advantage.
Huntington took the second-half kickoff and held the ball nearly the entire quarter before scoring on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Kevin Brown with 38 seconds left.
Lee, who had 176 yards and two touchdowns, lost the ball as he stretched for the goal line and Brown fell on it for the score to get Huntington within a point.The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 21-20.
The Hounds defense held and Huntington got the ball back with 11:47 remaining in the game.
Almost seven minutes later, Huntington took the lead on Lee's 4-yard touchdown run, but another two-point try failed and it remained a five-point game.
The Eagles used a 14-yard pass to Gordon and a 27-yard run by Perry to move the ball to the Huntington 24 with just over three minutes left.
On second down, Holmes rolled to his right and fired the ball to the end zone where Reed Gordon jumped up to make what would be the game-winning catch with just under three minutes remaining.
PCA attempted a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff that was knocked down and smothered near midfield, giving three minutes to work half the field.
The Hounds got the ball to the PCA 27 with 40 seconds left but Holmes intercepted a pass to end the contest.
"We were getting about five yards each running play so I knew we needed to hit a pass," Harkins said. "I was hoping to get inside the 10-yard line and then run it in or even try for a field goal. It just didn't work out."
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