Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady stood proudly among his players Friday night and told them a true story. The story was how the cliche’ phrase ‘survive and advance’ was coined in recorded history.
Bay Springs survived the first half of its MHSAA Class 2A playoff game, then advanced on 34 unanswered points in the second half to beat North Forrest, 60-27.
“I’m not saying we played trouble offensively in the first half, because we didn’t,” said Brady. “We had four scores on six possessions. We did have some miscues on defense. But we didn’t get on to our kids at halftime. We just told them that right now they’re taking advantage of our mistakes.
“Other than the hiccup on their (North Forrest) first drive, I could not be more proud of our kids.”
Click on the link for video highlights and the rest of Brady’s postgame interview: https://youtu.be/93QwcQxEpXc
The Bulldogs relied on a 32-yard pass-and-catch from sophomore quarterback Adrian Cole to senior wide-out Darrien Lee in the final minute of the second quarter to carry a 26-21 halftime lead into the locker room. The four-play scoring drive ended a 14 unanswered point run by North Forrest. The Cole-Lee connection was the pair’s second 32-yard touchdown of the night.
The Eagles answered on their first drive of the second half. Senior quarterback Leon Jones found junior athlete Eric Robinson on the right side as the two hooked up for a 37-yard pass, catch and run to the end zone with 10:52 to go in the third quarter. North Forrest lead Bay Springs at that point, 27-26. It was the Eagles second lead of the contest.
The lead, though, did not last.
Bay Springs scored five touchdowns on its next six possessions and closed out the win with 34-unanswered points. Senior running back Anson Windham led the Bulldogs with three rushing scores of 11, 42 and nine yards in the second half.
Senior Jamarius Hosey aided with two rushing touchdowns in the final half as well. He finished with four. Hosey’s scoring runs were from two, 70, 17 and 23 yards. His 17-yard dash along the Bulldogs’ sideline early in the third quarter pushed Bay Springs out in front for good.
Brady said the team’s big second half was due to its seniors.
“Last year’s group would have let North Forrest hang around,” said Brady. “Not this group. This group has been a great group. This group last year [as juniors] took their lumps and never quit.
“We’re a senior laden group now. When times get tough, we dig deep and did what we had to do.”
Bay Springs (9-3) travels to Pelahatchie (11-1) for round two of the Class 2A playoffs next Friday night. Pelahatchie beat West Lincoln in the first round Friday night, 55-6.
North Forrest saw its 2018 season come to an end in the loss to Bay Springs. The Eagles finish 5-7 on the year.