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Olive Branch defeats Petal 35-34

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Todd Mays rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and then the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter as Olive Branch rallied to beat Petal 35-34 on Friday night and claim the Mississippi High School Athletics Association 6A state championship.

It's the first state title for the Conquistadors (15-0), who nearly ended up losers to Petal (10-5) on the final play.

Petal's Austin Franklin missed a 38-yard field goal as time expired. Franklin made a 43-yard field goal on the previous snap, but an Olive Branch player was ruled offsides, which is a dead ballpenalty in the MHSAA.

Mays rushed for 84 yards and four touchdowns for Olive Branch. Petal quarterback Anthony Alford rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He was also 8-for-8 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

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