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Milan-USJ fits bill of 8-2A showdown

Milan-USJ fits bill of 8-2A showdown
Jobronski Gilbert ran for 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead second-ranked Milan to a 42-35 shootout victory over No. 7 USJ in a matchup of unbeaten state-rated Region 8-2A frontrunners Friday night.
Gilbert had scoring rushes of 14, 12, 21 and eight yards, and quarterback Justin Coleman threw for two more TDs and 110 yards for the Bulldogs.
Milan’s balance was just good enough to withstand the Bruins’ aerial onslaught as Jake Overbey racked up 436 yards and five touchdown passes against a Bulldog secondary that was missing three injured starters.
Overbey completed 28-of-48 passes, 10 of those going to Danny Smigielski, who caught three scoring tosses and ended with 162 yards receiving. Austin Martindale and Grant Diffee also were on the catching end of Overbey TD passes.
In other games of local interest from Week 6 of the prep season Friday night:
McKenzie 38, Gleason 14
Quinton Bowden ran for 135 yards and four touchdowns and fullback Jacob Fussell tacked on another 108 yards rushing and a TD to help the Rebels put away Gleason.
McKenzie, which actually trailed 6-3 at one point, led just 24-14 into the fourth quarter before salting the game away with a pair of scores.
Lake Co. 46, West Carroll 0
Half of Sam Hayes’ eight completions went for touchdowns as the Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak by mauling WC.
Hayes hit on 8-of-11 aerials for 207 yards, connecting with Dominic Kimble (4 and 33 yards) twice for TDs, while also hooking up with Patrick Robertson (48 yards) and Carlos Young (12 yards) for scores.
Trenton 16, Gibson Co. 0
Rossie Jones ran for 147 yards and touchdown in a game in which neither team completed a pass.
Peabody and GC combined to attempt just five passes in all.
The Pioneers were held to 72 total yards.
JCS 44, Humboldt 7
Will Johnson rushed for 216 yards and three scores, and Cody Jones threw a touchdown pass and kicked two field goals to help the Eagles to a critical Region 8-2A victory.
H’boldt didn’t score until the waning moments of the fourth quarter and hurt itself with a pair of interceptions while totaling less than 200 yards of total offense.
Camden 38, Huntingdon 7
Ross Dudley and Devon White combined to rush for all five Lion TDs, as ninth-ranked Camden took a big step toward the Region 7-2A title.
Dudley ran for three touchdowns and White tacked on two more and 118 yards on the ground for the Lions, who also forced three Mustang turnovers.
Dyersburg 35, Ripley 0
The Trojans surprisingly dominated Ripley from start to finish in what was expected to be a tight Region 7-3A battle, as Jason Click threw for one TD and ran for another and Xavier Taylor rushed for two scores.
Both Click and Taylor eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, the former totaling 133 and the latter 112.
Ripley, which had won four straight since a season-opening loss, managed just 163 total yards.
Haywood 33, Dyer Co. 23
Harold Watson tossed three second-quarter touchdown passes — two to Altavis Douglas — and the Tomcats remained atop Region 7-3A.
Watson not only pulled the trigger on Haywood’s rarely-seen passing game by completing 11-of-17 tosses for 129 yards, but also ran for a score and 67 yards. Terry Grandberry provided balance with 137 yards on the ground.
DC quarterback Peyton Lucas threw for 245 yards and a TD.
Manassas 26, Halls 7
James King went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark and scored two touchdowns, and Terrence Oliver ran for a score and threw for another to help the Memphians win for the fifth time in six games.
Manassas picked off Halls QB Craig Davis twice and held him to 124 passing yards.
Henry Co. 48, JCM 13
The No. 2-ranked (Class 4A) Patriots continued to impress, scoring all their points in the first half of another rout.
Marsalis Teague threw for two scores and ran for two more to lead HC, which is averaging 46 points-per-game and has scored 48 in each of its last three games.

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