STARKVILLE — The 27-year streak is over.
Behind a dominating defensive performance in the second half, Calhoun City knocked off Bay Springs 22-8 to claim the MHSAA Class 2A state championship on Friday evening at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium.
It is the Wildcats (15-1) first state title since 1989 and second overall in school history. Calhoun City defeated Bay Springs for the 2A state title in 1989.
Calhoun City’s defense held potent Bay Springs to just 176 yards of total offense (63 yards rushing) and had intercepted three Bay Springs passes.
Wildcat quarterback Jojo Gray led the way offensively passing for 23 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 53 yards with a touchdown.
His touchdown pass went from 9 yards out to A’Tarius Moore on a fourth down play that gave Calhoun City a 16-8 lead with 4:08 left in the third quarter. His rushing touchdown came from 6 yards out that gave the Wildcats a 22-8 lead with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter.
ATH Jessie Nabors was named the games MVP with 105 yards rushing and had a interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
Cederius Lee had 113 yards passing to lead Bay Springs. Jaylin Jones scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:58 left in the first quarter that gave the Bulldogs (12-4) a 8-0 lead.