Prentiss leads Vicksburg past Hazlehurst

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 13, 2008

HAZLEHURST — Vicksburg came into its game with Hazlehurst wanting to make big plays.

Robert “Trey” Prentiss came up with two of them to lead the visiting Gators to a 17-6 win Friday night at Indian Stadium. Prentiss returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and then caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Les Lemons in the third quarter to account for both of Vicksburg touchdowns.

“Trey has shown that he is a leader and he came up with two big plays tonight,” VHS coach Alonzo Stevens said. “That’s something we wanted to do tonight — open things up and make big plays. I thought we dropped two sure touchdown passes, but Trey concentrated on his and made the catch.”

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Prentiss’ touchdown catch capped the Gators (2-1) opening possession of the second half and turned a 10-6 lead into a 17-6 margin after Patrick Parker’s extra point kick.

“Les threw out there and I had to catch up to it. I laid out for it. I just had to make sure I caught it before I hit the ground,” said Prentiss, who finished with 51 yards receiving and 72 yards in returns.

The interception return came with 1 minute, 6 seconds left in the first quarter. He stepped in front of a Justin Durr pass at the Gator 40 and went straight up field. At the 20, it looked like Durr had an angle for the tackle, but Prentiss stopped and the cut across field to outrun his pursuers.

“The quarterback had a 25-yard angle on me, but I made a cut and he bumped into one of his guys and I was able to outrun them both,” Prentiss said. Parker’s kick made it 7-0.

Hazlehurst (0-2) made it 7-6 when Courtheney Maxwell scored on a 8-yard run to cap a 63-yard drive in the second quarter. The Gators came back with a 22-yard field goal by Parker with 4:28 left before halftime. Lemons’ 39-yard scramble set up the score that made it 10-6 at halftime.

Prentiss caught a 12-yard pass from Lemons to get a first down and that set up the 39-yarder for the game’s last touchdown that came with 8:02 left in the third quarter. Lemons finished 5-of-10 passing for 92 yards and added 112 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Hazlehurst had one last scoring chance, reaching the VHS 6 yard line with four minutes to play, but a fumble was recovered by VHS’ Jarvis Jones to end the threat.