- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Eric Clark threw two touchdowns passes to D.J. Clayton and Kemper County beat Charleston 12-8 to win the Mississippi Class 3A state championship on Saturday.

The Wildcats (15-1) won their first state championship and ended their season on a 15-game winning streak.

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

Clayton had five catches for 229 yards with two touchdowns. Clark’s first touchdown to Clayton was a 64-yarder that gave Kemper County a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

The second was a 48-yard strike with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Wildcats a 12-8 lead.

Quarterback Tre Truly led Charleston (13-3) with 80 yards rushing. Fred Hervey scored the Tigers lone touchdown on an 11-yard run in the third quarter that gave Charleston a 8-6 lead.

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