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Simmons downs Nanih Waiya for Class 1A title

Simmons has won three consecutive state championships.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 5:38 PM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 8:07 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Demarrius Turner scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Marquez Pam scored the game-winning two-point conversion with under two minutes remaining as Hollandale Simmons rallied to defeat Nanih Waiya 22-20 for the Class 1A championship.

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The Blue Devils (15-0) trailed 14-0 at halftime and have now won 40 consecutive games.

Pam, the game's Most Valuable Player, rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Taemaus Glass rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown for Nanih Waiya (15-1), which was seeking its first state championship in football.

"Congrats to Simmons. They're champions for a reason.," said Nanih Waiya head coach Ryan Keeton. "They made the plays when they had to and I just didn't do a good enough job in the second half. I got a great group of kids and they fought all day long, and I was real proud of them."

"They play competitive football, hats off to them," said Simmons head coach Wade Tackett. "They come in 15-0 with two of the best players in the state of Mississippi so we expected nothing less. I knew what they were capable of."

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