Demarrio Booth's 4 TDs help Jefferson Davis County football dominate Amory in 3A championship

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HATTIESBURG - It didn't take long Jefferson Davis County's Demarrio Booth to take over the MHSAA 3A championship matchup against Amory on Friday.

The senior running back had 17 carries for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars (10-4) dominated in a 42-10 victory over the Panthers at MM Roberts Stadium on the campus of Southern Miss.

Jefferson Davis County won 10 consecutive games after starting 0-4 as the Jaguars secured their third state championship.

"Everyone just kept doubting us," Booth said. "Coach told us to keep fighting. Fighting harder every day to get better. We never gave up."

Senior Malcolm Hartzog got things started for Jefferson Davis County with a 1-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars' opening drive.

Hartzog — the 2021 MHSAA 3A Mr. Football award winner — finished with 13 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He never lost faith despite a slow start to the season.

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"It showed us that we had to work harder and we did," Hartzog said. "We won 10 straight games and got here. It feels good ending (my career) with a bang."

Booth scored on 44- and 61-yard touchdown runs on two of Jefferson Davis County's next three drives.

"Just an awesome performance," Jefferson Davis coach Lance Mancuso said about Booth. "He's a great player. He gets overshadowed a lot because he's an inside runner for us. It was so awesome to see him and for people to see what kind of talent he has."

Booth's two touchdown completely wiped out Amory's momentum following a 57-yard touchdown pass from Jatarian Ware to Cameron Haynes late in the first quarter.

The Panthers trailed 14-7 with 3:11 left in the first quarter following a Jefferson Davis County fumble. However, the Jaguars' defense held Amory (10-4) to three points for the remainder of the game and made three interceptions.

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The Panthers finished with 294 yards. Ware led the way with 139 passing yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Charleston French had 13 carries for 125 yards.

The Jaguars also won state titles in 2017 and 2019.

"Another unbelievable performance by our young men," Mancuso said. "This group had high expectations coming in and fought through a 0-4 start. They bleed Jaguar blue.

"I'm extremely proud of the players (and) the whole community."

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: MS high school football: Jefferson Davis County, Demarrio Booth win 3A title

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