Mary G. Montgomery quarterback Jared Hollins threw three touchdown passes in the Vikings’ 34-7 win at Daphne Friday night. (Call News file photo)
By ARTHUR L. MACK
DAPHNE — Mary G. Montgomery quarterback Jared Hollins was 10-of-13 passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings won their first region title in 38 years with as 34-7 victory over Daphne Friday night at Jubilee Stadium.
MGM (9-0, 6-0) clinched the 7A Region 1 crown and home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
“After our big win against Baker, we had to tell our guys to refocus yourself because they had a chance to win a region championship,” Vikings coach Zach Golson said. “They had a great job of preparation all week and I told them we’ve done the right things and to go out there and do your best.”
Hollins also rushed four times for 60 yards and a score and threw two TD passes to James Bolton, who had five receptions for 99 yards. The other TD went to Jaylin Culver, who had two receptions for 66 yards.
“Jared’s performance was off the charts,” Golson said. “His focus has been so sharp all year but he’ll be the first to tell you we have to take it one week at a time.”
The Trojans (4-4, 3-2) crossed midfield only three times and one was on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against MGM. Daphne had just 59 yards of total offense in the first half and 146 for the game.
Jamar Malone threw a 35-yard screen for a touchdown to Nick Clark early in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings took a 20-0 first-quarter lead as Hollins threw a 56-yard swing pass to Culver, Hollins scored on a 28-yard run and then threw a 10-yard TD pass to Bolton.
Bolton’s second touchdown reception made it 27-0 at halftime and Jayvian Hawthorne’s 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 34-0.
“We came out focused and kept our foot on the gas,” Hollins said. “Coach Golson does a great job emphasizing that today is a new day and every play is a new play. We’re always looking forward to the next thing. We’re not dwelling on what was and we’re seeing what can be.”