- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Calhoun City used a dominating defensive performance in the second half to beat Bay Springs 22-8 on Friday and win the Mississippi Class 2A state championship.

The Wildcats (15-1) won their first state title since 1989 and second in school history.

Calhoun City’s defense intercepted three passes and held Bay Springs to just 176 yards of total offense.

Calhoun City quarterback Jojo Gray threw for a touchdown and ran for another score, which earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player honors.

Gray’s touchdown pass to A’Tarius Moore on a fourth down gave Calhoun City a 16-8 lead with 4:08 left in the third quarter. His rushing touchdown came from 6 yards out and gave the Wildcats a 22-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Bay Springs (12-4) was led by Caderius Lee, who threw for 113 yards.

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