BAY SPRINGS — Centerville Academy will compete for the state title next week after the No. 7 Tigers traveled to No. 3 Sylva Bay and edged the Saints 40-38 in triple over time Friday night.
The Tigers struck first when running back Cody Brashier found daylight, capping off the Tigers’ first drive of the night with a 5-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, and the Tigers led 6-0.
Midway through the second quarter the Saints found the end zone tying the game at 6 as their two-point conversion also was unsuccessful.
After the half, the Tigers took their opening drive down the field and scored their second touchdown when running back Daniel Vine found the end zone on an 8-yard run. Once again, the point after was no good and the Tigers’ clung to a 12-6 lead.
After coming up with a big stop defensively, Centreville looked to extend their lead, but Sylva Bay had something else in mind and came up with a big 19-yard scoop and scored off of the Tiger fumble. The score was once again tied as the Saints were unable to convert the point after.
Early in the forth quarter, Sylva Bay took its first lead of the night, scoring on a 30-yard scramble as Centreville’s defense was unable to corral the Saints’ QB. The Saints’ would once again be denied on the point after, but the touchdown gave them a 6-point advantage.
On the next drive, Tigers’ quarterback Tyler Thomassie found tight end Haze Greer on a 37-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers had an opportunity to go up with the point after but were unsuccessful as the game was once again tied, 18-18.
Overtime proved to be just as exciting as regulation, but it was the Tigers who came up with a big stop as the Saints were unable to convert the two-point conversion, giving the Tigers a 2-point advantage and a 40-38 victory.
Vine led Centreville with 17 carries for 90 of the Tigers’ 244 rushing yards.
Brashier added 21 carries for 80 yards and Thomassie rushed six times for 32.
Thomassie also completed two of his four passing attempts for 54 yards.
The Tigers finished the night with a total of 298 yards.
Colten Peterson led the defense with 12 tackles. Logan Longmire and Greer had six tackles each, while Vine had five. Hayden Herring and Cade Hurst both had four, while Slade Kinabrew, Cohen Jelks, Devon Parrish, Colby Welch and Brashier had three, and Cody Baxter had two.
The Tigers gave up 292 total yards.
Centreville faces St. Joseph for the MAIS AA State Title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Academy.