In 5A title game, West Point defeats Brookhaven 21-3

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Lakendric Thomas and quarterback Justin Cox combined for 303 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and West Point won its second straight Class 5A state championship by beating Brookhaven 21-3 on Saturday night.

The Green Wave (14-1) won their third state crown in the past six years and seventh overall, tying them with Louisville for the second-most Mississippi High School Activities Association football championships won. The two trail South Panola's nine titles for the state record.

Cox had 138 yards rushing and Thomas finished with 165. Cox completed both pass attempts.

Leading 14-3 at half, the Green Wave pounded Brookhaven (9-5) with an aggressive rushing attack and two drives of six minutes or more in the second half. The Panthers, who finished fourth in their region but rumbled through the postseason, failed to win a second state crown.

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