Myles Hopson tries to make a tackle against running back Rodrigues Clark.
Myles Hopson tries to make a tackle against running back Rodrigues Clark.
Madison Central's season came to a solemn end in Starkville after a last-second drive bookended by a momentous fumble recovered by the Jags and a season-ending fumble on the Starkville five-yard line.

The Jags lost 27-24.

Kirkland Trahan, who had eight tackles for Madison Central (11-3,6-1) on the evening, caused and recovered the fumble on the Yellow Jacket’s (13-2,6-1) 44-yard line that would lead to the Jag’s breathless final drive.

This makes this the third season in a row the Jaguars have been eliminated in the third round of the MHSAA 6A playoffs.

Cameron White answered the Starkville’s first touchdown with a 68-yard rush of his own into the endzone with 10 minutes to go in the first quarter. That drive started on the Madison Central 20 yard line. The TD was quickly answered, but MC would go on to gain the upper hand going into halftime with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Holliday to Tucker Richmond and a successful extra point and field goal attempt from kicker Kale Nation. Nation’s longest kick of the evening went for 21 yards.

Turnovers would plague the second half, putting both teams in sticky situations.

The Jags would would cap off a hard-fought drive that started on their 22-yard line with a seven-yard rushing touchdown from Holliday with one minute left to play.

On defense, Truett Bourne, a senior, and Bailen Haynie, a junior, led the way with 10 tackles. Both players recorded tackles for a loss with two for Bourne and one for Haynie.

Seniors Tay Berry and Kobe Cole both recorded six tackles and a sack apiece on the evening. Shacobia Luckett also recorded six tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Peyton Rea recorded seven touchdowns for the Jags on the evening.

White contributed on both sides of the ball with four tackles on the evening including one for a loss.

Starkville will play undefeated Pearl in the title game. Pearl claimed a 14-7 victory over the Jags in the regular season and has been the heavy favorite since early in the season to win it all, or at least make an appearance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ole Miss this weekend.

Pearl comes off a 52-12 licking of 7-7 Meridian who lost a regular season matchup to Starkville 40-6 and Pearl 34-12 in Pearl.