Pearl rallies to defeat Starkville for Class 6A championship

The Pirates win their first state title.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 11:09 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Tylan Knight's four-yard touchdown run with 1:06 remaining lifted Pearl to a 21-17 win over Starkville in the Class 6A state championship game on Friday.

The Pirates won their first state title and finished the season with a 16-0 record.

"It feels really wet and really cold, but man, it was worth it," said Pearl head coach John Perry after receiving an ice shower. "Dump me all you want. I'm good."

Garin Boniol's 34-yard field goal gave Starkville a 17-15 lead with 3:54 to play, but Pearl responded with the game-winning touchdown drive.

"Just live and learn. Gotta play better. They played great. We didn't play well enough," said Starkville head coach Chris Jones. "We didn't finish. That's a good team over there, my hat goes off to them, but we're a young group. We'll be back, back to work we go. Gotta get ready for next season."

Starkville, which was seeking its second Class 6A championship in three seasons, finished the season with a 13-3 mark. Rodrigues Clark rushed for 175 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets.

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