The Titan defense celebrates a measurement after holding New Hope on a Fourth and 1 play in the fourth quarter.
The Titan defense celebrates a measurement after holding New Hope on a Fourth and 1 play in the fourth quarter.
RIDGELAND - The Titans defense came up big at just the right time as they held New Hope to a field goal in the second half and scored a 34-27 victory to punch their ticket to the Class 5A North State Championship next Friday.

It was the 100th football game at Ridgeland High School and the Titans made the most of it winning only their third playoff game in school history.

New Hope led for most of the first half and took a 24-14 lead into the third quarter, but an opportunistic Ridgeland team was able to score on several Trojan mistakes in the third quarter including a fumble return for a touchdown by Kris Givens.

Then on a key play in the fourth quarter deep in Ridgeland territory the Titans held New Hope on a fourth and 1 play to force a turnover on downs.

Now the Titans (13-0) move on to the North State Championship to face West Point on the road Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. This is the Titans first-ever appearance in a North State Championship.

West Point comes into the game with only one loss all year after defeating Oxford 27-12 Friday night.

In other Class 5A action West Jones beat Vancleave 25-7 and Brookhaven defeated Wayne County.

Other Madison County Scores:
Madison Central 27, Northwest Rankin 20
Tri-County 21, Tunica Academy 14