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GREENFIELD (November 1) — The West Carroll War Eagles faced the Greenfield Yellowjackets on the road Friday with second place in Region 7-1A and hosting rights in the first round of the …
GREENFIELD (November 1) — The West Carroll War Eagles faced the Greenfield Yellowjackets on the road Friday with second place in Region 7-1A and hosting rights in the first round of the playoffs on the line. West Carroll took advantage of a Greenfield miscue to score the only touchdown of the game late in the first half. Both teams continued to play excellent defense in the second half, with the War Eagles holding on for an 8-0 win.
With the win, West Carroll is the region runner-up and will host Memphis East Friday to begin postseason play.
The War Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer possession to the second half.
Yellowjacket Will Harris fell on a low kick at the Greenfield 45. Michael Isbell ran twice for 13 yards and a first down, then Keylon Thomas gained six. Quarterback Kelly Ricketts kept and was stopped for a loss by War Eagle Wyatt Baker. Trevon Watkins rushed for seven, moving the chains again. Thomas ran for 18 down to the 13, then Isbell was stopped for no gain. Thomas was met at the line of scrimmage by a host of West Carroll defenders, the Isbell gained just a yard. On fourth-and-nine, Thomas was forced out of bounds by Baker and Jeremiah Bryant a yard short of the first-down marker, and the War Eagles took over at their own 4.
West Carroll quarterback Bryant kept for three yards, then repeated for just enough to move the chains. Devin Rader ran twice for six total yards, then Bryant went up the middle for a first down at the 26. He kept again for 14 yards, then Jarrius Weatherford pushed forward for three. Bryant and Weatherford traded carries, then most of a long run by Bryant was negated by a penalty for a block in the back. He kept again for a short gain, then threw to Jack Barrow for another first down. Bryant kept for 15 and a first down at the 14, then Weatherford gained four as the opening frame ended. Bryant started the second quarter with a pair of short gains. On fourth-and-three, Bryant’s throw to Barrow in the end zone fell incomplete.
Taking over at their own 7, the Yellowjackets gained six on a Thomas run, but a high snap on second down and a fumble on third forced a punt.
The short punt gave West Carroll the ball at the Greenfield 21. Rader was stopped for no gain, then a Bryant keeper was negated by a personal foul penalty. Bryant threw to Barrow on third down for a short gain, and the War Eagles punted into the end zone for a touchback.
Starting at the 20, Watkins was dropped for a three-yard loss by War Eagle Timothy Gilford. Isbell gained back the three, but then a high snap on third down was recovered by War Eagle Zach Perry at the 14. Bryant kept for four, then pushed the pile for four more. Weatherford took it the last six yards for the touchdown. Bryant dove across for the two-point conversion, and West Carroll led 8-0 with four minutes to play in the first half.
After a short kick, the Yellowjackets started at their own 42. They quickly faced fourth-and-three, but Thomas broke loose for 12 yards and a fresh set of downs. Three plays later it was fourth down again, and Ricketts was forced out of bounds just short of the marker.
West Carroll took over and ran one play, then Bryant took a knee to run out the clock. At the half, the War Eagles led 8-0.
The War Eagles received the second-half kick and earned one first down before punting from near midfield. The punt hooked out of bounds to give Greenfield great field position near midfield.
The Yellowjackets earned a pair of first downs, the second coming on a fourth-down conversion, but then turned the ball over on downs at the West Carroll 28.
The War Eagles put together a sustained drive featuring four first downs to run out the third quarter and kept it going well into the final frame before turning the ball over on downs at the Greenfield 19.
Greenfield went three-and-out and punted.
West Carroll started at the far 45 and earned one first down before punting.
With a minute and a half to play, the Yellowjackets took over at their own 41. A quick first down into War Eagle territory was followed by consecutive penalties to back Greenfield up. On second-and-long, Ricketts was sacked by Weatherford. On third down, Watkins made a short gain. Then, on fourth, Ricketts completed a pass to Thomas, but he was stopped short of a first down by Perry.
The War Eagles took over near midfield with eight seconds to play and took a knee in victory formation.
West Carroll had 210 yards of total offense, including 173 rushing yards on 40 carries. Jeremiah Bryant led with 128 yards on 28 carries. Jarrius Weatherford had seven carries for 36 yards with a touchdown.
Greenfield had 115 yards of total offense, including 100 rushing yards on 35 carries. Keylon Thomas led with 73 yards on 13 carries. Michael Isbell had five carries for 20 yards.
Cody Wildridge led the War Eagle defense with nine total tackles. Zach Perry had six.
Keylon Thomas led the Yellowjacket defense with eight total tackles. Kiah Reynolds, Michael Isbell and Hayden Smith each had seven, and Samuel Thum had six.
West Carroll (6-4) will host Memphis East (6-4) in Friday’s playoff opener. Greenfield (7-3) will travel to face the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (7-3). Kickoff for postseason games is 7 p.m.