Quarterback Trey McGhee accounted for 304 total yards and five touchdowns, guiding the Junior Bulldogs past Bigelow 38-30 on Thursday night in 5-2A Conference play in Bigelow.
McGhee ran 15 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 3 of 5 pass attempts for 50 yards and another score for the Jr. Bulldogs, who improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Quitman drew first blood when McGhee kept on an option read around left end and raced to the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown. Running back Eli Peck, who finished with six carries for 33 yards, barreled over the goal-line for two more points on the conversion as Quitman took a 8-0 lead with 5:37 left in the first quarter.
Bigelow answered with a score before McGhee darted 69 yards to pay dirt on the Jr. Bulldogs' second snap of their second offensive series. Peck ran in the conversion, pushing Quitman's lead to 16-6 with 2:11 left in the opening quarter.
The Junior Panthers of Bigelow came right back, driving 71 yards in nine plays for a score, plus a two-point conversion to pull within two at 16-14 with 5:39 left in the second quarter.
With 1:36 left in the first half Quitman regained possession after forcing a turnover on downs. McGhee moved the Jr. Bulldogs into enemy territory with runs of 11 and 15 yards.
McGhee then came under heavy duress with time running out, scrambled around and heaved a pass deep down field, where receiver Garrett Kennedy came down with a reception at the 15 and ran into the end zone to complete a 41-yard touchdown reception as time expired. Peck powered across the goal-line for two more points on the conversion, boosting Quitman's lead to 24-14 at halftime.
Peck got the Jr. Bulldogs rolling early in the second half with an 18-yard run into Bigelow territory.
Three plays later McGhee struck again, this time he started right and cutback over left side and raced 24 yards untouched to pay dirt. Peck scored on the conversion, pushing Quitman ahead, 32-14, with 4:35 left in the third quarter.
The Jr. Panthers scored on two of their next three possessions to trim Quitman's lead to 32-20 with 1:51 left in the game.
Quitman recovered Bigelow's onside kick attempt at its 49 and covered 51 yards in six plays to seal the game. Backed up on fourth and long, McGhee dropped back to pass, was flushed out of the pocket, dodged two tacklers and ran deep into Bigelow territory to the 13.
On the following play, McGhee kept for a 13-yard touchdown run, but the conversion failed, leaving
Bigelow a slim chance with 16 seconds remaining.
The Jr. Panthers managed to get off two snaps with little to show for it as Quitman prevailed with a thrilling 38-30 victory.
Nathan Henderson led the Junior Bulldogs with nine tackles, including six for lost yardage.
Page 2 of 2 - Quitman, which finished with 349 yards of total offense, hosts Cutter Morning Star on Thursday at 7 p.m
(Editor's note: Stats and information courtesy of Quitman Football Foundation's Dan Lichoff.)