JACKSON, MS (AP) - Forest High's defense forced five turnovers and had two late stands to beat Aberdeen High 10-8 Saturday afternoon and win the Class 3A state championship at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
As they've done all season, the Bearcats (15-0) relied on a stifling defense. They recovered two fumbles, got an interception and stuffed Aberdeen (14-2) on a fourth down with 7 minutes left in the game to win the school's fourth state crown and first since 1999.
Forest scored all of its points in the first quarter and had just 124 total yards to Aberdeen's 275. Bulldogs running back Victor Hodges had 31 carries for 134 yards, but Aberdeen failed to convert a fourth and inches from the Forest 29-yard line with 7 minutes left.
The Bulldogs had been looking for their first state crown. Last year, Aberdeen blew a 20-0 first-quarter lead in a loss in this same 3A championship game.