Class 3A State Championship Recap: Kemper County 12, Charleston 8

Kemper County offensive tackle John Dale.

STARKVILLE — The tandem of Eric Clark and D.J. Clayton for hasn’t been stopped all season long.

It was no different on Saturday afternoon.

The tandem hooked up for both Kemper County touchdowns as the Wildcats held off Charleston 12-8 in the pouring rain to claim the MHSAA Class 3A state championship at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium.

It is the Wildcats (15-1) first state championship in school history. Kemper County ends the season on a 15-game winning streak.

Quarterback Eric Clark finished the game 9 of 20 passing for 251 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Wide receiver D.J. Clayton had five catches for 229 yards with two touchdowns. The first touchdown catch went from 64 yards out that gave Kemper County a 6-0 lead with 9:29 left in the first quarter.

The second one came from 48 yards out with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Wildcats a 12-8 lead.

Quarterback Tre Truly led Charleston offensively with 80 yards rushing. Fred Hervey scored the Tigers lone touchdown from 11 yards with 2:42 left in the third quarter that gave Charleston a 8-6 lead.

This is Charleston’s (13-3) third year in a row to be the runner-ups in the 3A state title game.