By Rashell Reese, Item Sports Correspondent
The Picayune Item
Pearl River Central suffered another loss with a 35-20 score against Laurel at Kenneth Hendrix field, Friday night.
With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 2-5 after scoring only 6 points in the first quarter.
Laurel started off the game with a touchdown pass, throw in by Keon Howard to Omar Bayless, pushing the lead 7-0.
The Blue Devils answered back with a field goal kicked by Jovan Detto, making the score 7-3.
The Golden Tornadoes turn up the heat in the second quarter with a 37 yard touchdown ran in by Octavious Cooley, pushing the lead 14-3
Pearl River Central turned around with a touchdown pass thrown in from the 25 yard line from Dylan Spiers to Bryson Penton, making the score 14-10.
Laurel answered back with a touchdown pass thrown from the 47 yard line by Howard to Cooley pushing the lead 21-10 at the end of the first half.
Howard, increased the score 28-10 in the third with a touchdown pass thrown to Demarcus Arrington from the 46.
Blue Devils answered back with a touchdown ran in by Curry Goodwin from the 29 yard line and a field goal kicked by Detto pushing the score to 28-20.
However, Laurel sealed in their win with a 10 yard touch down pass from Howard to Darius McGee, pushing the lead 35-20 for a final score.
“I think we got beat by a great football team,” Pearl River Central head coach Eric Collins said, “I mean they are 6-0 for a reason. I’ve never seen anything like number 19 (Octavious Cooley) that kid can play some football. I think the turning point was when we closed the gap and was coming back down here and turned the ball over. If we could have gone in and made a score and made it a one point game we may have turned it around and won but they scored.”
“We had to play a solid 48 minutes to beat a very good Pearl River Central football team. It was a great atmosphere,” Laurel head football coach Todd Breland said. “Stopping the wing t that Pearl River runs was a challenge they do it so well and I hope we don’t face that anymore this year. This was probably our best game offensively we’ve played this year.”
“I’m proud of our boys,” Collins said. “They played hard and stayed in the game. We did battle tonight.”
Pearl River Central travels to Wayne County Friday night.