NDJr. High vs. Magnolia Heights

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NDJH defeats Chiefs on last minute touchdown

By Brad Greer

After being soundly defeated by Lee 34-12 in their last outing, the North Delta Junior High football team was looking for some redemption Thursday night as they hosted Magnolia Heights.

In a classic defensive battle, Bailey Sullivant’s one-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds remaining in the game gave the Green Wave a 13-8 victory. Sullivant’s four-yard run on fourth-and-two from the Chief’ six kept the drive alive. North Delta started the series after an eight-yard punt gave the Wave possession on the Magnolia Heights 38-yard line

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North Delta (2-1) got on the board in the first quarter as Simmerman sneaked in from one yard out to cap a 12-play, 69-yard drive that took 3:49 off the clock. Simmerman then added the PAT to give the Wave a 7-0 lead with 2:02 remaining.

That score stood until midway through the third quarter when Ben Moore scored on a 67-yard touchdown run. Alex Gagne converted the two-point conversion to give the Chiefs an 8-7 lead with 4:13 left the quarter.

Moore led Magnolia Heights in rushing with 118 yards on 12 carries as the Chiefs out-gained North Delta 138-126 in total yardage.

Sullivant was the leading ground gainer for the Green Wave with 33 yards on 13 carries. Chase Coker followed with seven carries for 31 yards. Hunter Baker added 15 yards on six totes while Simmerman chipped in with nine yards on three carries and recovered a fumble on defense

Sullivant led the receiving corps with two catches for 17 yards while Will Hartzell added 14 yards on a pair of receptions. Spencer Rushing hauled in one pass for seven yards.

Wilson Morrow led the defensive charge with six tackles while Colby Province registered five stops.
North Delta was also victorious in the seventh grade game by the score of 14-6. James Ridge scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter with Russ Lewis adding the two-point conversion.

Tripp Savage later scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Tucker Burris accounted for the Chiefs’ lone touchdown in the third quarter with a 45-yard run.
North Delta will take this week off before returning to action next Thursday when they host Tunica starting at 6 p.m.