TUPELO — With a crushing 46-0 victory over Tupelo Christian on Friday night in the Class 1A North State Championship, the Simmons High School football team has now reached its ultimate goal.
The Blue Devils (13-0) will take on Bay Springs (11-3) next week in the MHSAA Class 1A championship game. The game will be played in Hattiesburg at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m on Friday.
“I told my kids that I am very proud of them, and now we only have one stone to turn,” Simmons head coach Tavares Johnson said. “This next week is going to be business as usual. I don’t know anything about Bay Springs, but I will get to work on that once I get home at 1 a.m.”
Simmons’ victory Friday was another knockout for the Blue Devils who have won all of their games in a blowout.
Blue Devil senior Vontrez Rush gained 249 yards on 23 carries and four touchdowns.
Simmons quarterback Devontae Rush rushed for 81 yards and also ran for one touchdown and threw for one touchdown.
Simmons’ Jermaine Edwards rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.
“The offense played well, but the defense played exceptional,” Coach Johnson said. “We held a team scoreless that has averaged 39 points on offense this season.”
The Simmons defense has only allowed 4 point per game this season.
Coach Johnson, in his first year back with the Blue Devils, began the Simmons dynasty when he led the Blue Devils to state championships in 2015 and 2016. Simmons also won a state title in 2017 under Wade Tackett.