The meeting of these two cross town rivals was THE place to be Friday night in Laurel, MS. Fans came out in droves proudly sporting their black and orange to support their teams, packing West Jones high school stadium to full capacity.


Ben Stevens
West Jones


Reed Sumrall

West Jones

Reed is a 3-year letterman on the varsity football team at West Jones, where he leads daily team prayers and game devotions. He is a member of FCA, Bible Club, Art Club, and an active member of Salem Heights Baptist Church. Reed plans to pursue a career in civil engineering. He is pictured with his mother and father, Joey and Priscilla Sumrall.
Reyn Clark

Wayne County

Reyn is a 4-year letterman on the varsity football team and a 2-year letterman in baseball. Reyn is a member of Beta Club and FCA, president of the Bible Club, and has received numerous subject area awards. He plans to attend Jones County Junior College and pursue a degree in radiology. Pictured with him are his parents, John Mark and Kay Clark.


Ray Pickering

West Jones

Ray played in the West Jones-Wayne County rivalry his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He started for the Mustangs as a freshman. In 2003, Ray recorded 10 tackles and a fumble recovery to secure a win over the War Eagles. He also compiled the most all-purpose yards in the Rivalry for the Mustangs, generating over 500 yards. Ray went on to play football and baseball at JCJC and later played Division 1 baseball at Alabama State. In 2009, he returned to his alma mater as a football and baseball coach.
Steve Gandy

Wayne County

Steve played in this rivalry during his junior and senior years. He was a hard-hitting linebacker for the War Eagles and led Wayne County to a South State Championship win over West Jones during the 2003 season. He was the leading tackler in that game and is honored for his efforts in securing that victory and many others.


West Jones quickly jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter with a touchdown from Devontary Barnett and interception that was returned for another touchdown. Wayne County answered with two touchdowns of their own, but West Jones answered with two field goals. West Jones defense and offense were forces to be reckoned with in the second half.