Corner gets late TD to beat Jemison 24-21
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Corner quarterback Blake Byrd completed 14 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 24-21 win over Jemison at Corner High School. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Corner quarterback Blake Byrd completed 14 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 24-21 win over Jemison at Corner High School. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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CORNER — Blake Byrd hit Kerry Smith with a 13-yard touchdown pass in the final minute as the Corner Yellow Jackets upset Jemison 24-21 in a key Class 4A, Region 4 matchup Friday night at Corner Stadium.

With the win, Corner kept its playoff hopes alive.

Byrd put the team on his shoulders on Friday, completing 14 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the team on the ground, rushing 13 times for 46 yards. All three of his touchdown passes went to Smith, who had 11 receptions for 212 yards.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the game.

Jemison opened the scoring at the 3:36 of the opening quarter when Jacob Hatch scored on a 2-yard run. Bruce Reeves added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

Corner responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter.

The first came on a 65-yard pass from Byrd to Smith with 11:57 left in the first half. The duo connected again, this time on a 33-yard score just over one minute later. Troy Elliott added both extra points for a 14-7 Corner lead.

Jemison notched the score at 14-14 just before the half when Randy Satterfield scored on a 23-yard run with 29.3 second left in the half.

Corner regained the lead with 54 seconds left in the third quarter when Elliott nailed a 49-yard field goal to make the score 17-14.

With the clock winding down, Jemison seemed to take control when Kevin King scored from seven yards out for a 21-17 advantage with 2:55 left in the game.

The Panthers left Byrd and company too much time on the clock as the Yellow Jackets put together the game-winning drive.

Following Corner’s touchdown, Byrd added an interception at the Yellow Jackets’ 25-yard line to end Jemison’s chances.

Corner improved to (4-3, 3-2) while Jemison (5-2, 4-1) dropped its first region game of the season.

For the Panthers, King finished with 126 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Jemison hosts Dora next week in a game that could decide the Region 4 champion.

Corner, which has won three straight games, looks to solidfy its playoff chances with a game at Carbon Hill next week.