South Panola beats Meridian 28-7 for 6A title

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Qyendairs Griffin rushed for 174 yards and scored three touchdowns as South Panola beat Meridian 28-7 in the Mississippi 6A championship game on Friday night.

Griffin rushed for touchdowns of 7 and 11 yards and also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass as the Tigers slowly pulled away after leading 7-0 at halftime.

Antonio Conner had two interceptions in the first half and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown in the second half. South Panola outgained Meridian 396 to 230 in total yards.

South Panola (15-0) continued its long-running dominance, winning a second straight state title and sixth in the last seven years.

Meridian (14-1) was led by quarterback Antoinne Atkins, who rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. The Wildcats were the last Mississippi team to beat South Panola - in the state title game in 2008.

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