Tallulah knocks out Sharkey-Issaquena in 8-Man playoffs

Published 1:38 am Saturday, November 3, 2018

TALLULAH — Tallulah Academy met little resistance while taking the first step toward re-establishing its dynasty.

Garrett Paris ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns, Joshua Collins had 120 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, and the Trojans routed Sharkey-Issaquena Academy 58-8 on Friday night in the first round of the MAIS 8-Man playoffs.

The Trojans (11-0), who won the state title in 2015 and 2016, will host Prairie View Academy in the semifinals next Friday at 7 p.m. Tallulah beat Prairie View 54-46 when they played in the regular season.
Prairie View beat Tensas Academy 66-58 in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night.

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Sharkey-Issaquena (7-4) had a good season, but was little match for the Tallulah juggernaut. Tallulah outgained the Confederates 334-97 and forced three turnovers.

Collins scored on runs of 13 and 5 yards, and Paris on a 19-yard run as the Trojans opened a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Collins added a 24-yard TD run and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Grahm Tweedle in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 44-8 at halftime.

Paris finished the scoring in the second half with touchdown runs of 16 and 51 yards.
In addition to his rushing stats, Collins was 3-of-5 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown. Tweedle caught three passes for 79 yards.

Carter Sullivan led the defense with 13 total tackles and two tackles for loss, while Parker Morgan recovered two fumbles.

In other 8-Man playoff games Friday, Manchester Academy beat defending state champion Briarfield Academy 42-14; and Humphreys Academy beat Marvell Academy 30-28.

Manchester will host Humphreys in the semifinals next Friday night.

The 8-Man championship game is Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Jackson Academy.