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Briarfield picks up key district win

Briarfield Academy took a big step toward the District E-2 championship Friday night by beating Prentiss Christian 42-40 in an MAIS eight-man football game.

Holt Martin threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Crews Fortenberry rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns for Briarfield (6-1, 4-0 District E-2).

Martin finished with 159 rushing yards and 174 passing yards.

Kade Howard had six total tackles for the Rebels, blocked an extra point and a field goal, and also batted down a pass on fourth down to end Prentiss Christian’s (6-1, 3-1) final drive.

With the victory, Briarfield set up a showdown at Riverdale (6-1, 5-0) next Friday for first place and, most likely, the district championship.

Tallulah Academy 52, Franklin Academy 8

Tallulah Academy got back on the winning track Friday night, beating Franklin Academy 52-8 to snap a four-game losing streak that was its longest since joining the MAIS eight-man football division in 2014.

Joshua Collins rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans (4-4, 1-3 District E-2), while quarterback Parker Kivett threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Collins also had six tackles on defense, including two for loss, and an interception.

Walker Sullivan and Garrett Paris also scored rushing touchdowns, and Hagar Fortenberry caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Kivett. Jackson Magee added a 56-yard punt return touchdown and had a fumble recovery on defense.

Tallulah Academy will play at Christian Collegiate Academy next Friday at 7 p.m. in Gulfport.