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Bay Springs' Cartize Booth shows off the Golden Ball trophy to the Bay Springs crowd Friday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium. 

Shortly before the 1A State Championship game, Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady said to fellow coaches and friends, “I’ve been waiting six years to get back here to this moment.” In 2016, the Bulldogs fell to Calhoun City 22-8 at Davis-Wade Stadium. This year, at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Brady and the Bulldogs would not be denied, defeating the Simmons Blue Devils 32-12 on their way to the school’s first football State Championship.

Simmons went up first as Vontrez Rush streaked down the field on a 63-yard punt return touchdown to take a 6-0. Simmons could not convert their two-point attempt.

Anthony Newell and Anthony Ross quickly answered back with a drive of their own as the two connected on a 35-yard pass, setting up the Anthony Newell QB-keeper from four yards out. The Bulldogs’ two-point try was good, giving Bay Springs an 8-6 lead.

The Bay Springs lead was short-lived as Simmons scored in just two offensive plays to take the lead back as Devontae Rush scored on a 70-yard rush touchdown. Their two-point try failed for the second time, giving them a 12-8 lead with 3:14 left in the opening quarter.

Neither team could find the endzone in the second quarter, however, both defenses stepped up as Cartize Booth forced a fumble on a strip-sack while the Simmons defense forced a turnover on downs as time dwindled near the end of the half.

The second half belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored 24 unanswered points that including two scores from game MVP Anthony Ross.

The game was sealed by a Ty Jones 24-yard touchdown scamper to give Bay Springs the 32-12 victory.