Saints rattle Leflore 32-6 at home Friday night

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Javonte Stubbs 16, Jeremy Sturdivant 19, Jeremiah Wright 77, and Devium Cunningham 21, close in on Leflore ball carrier in a season game.
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The Selma High School Saints dominated the visiting Leflore Rattlers 32-6 in their regular season finale Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Saints’ senior night took on the look of sibling night as brothers Javonte Stubbs and Devium Cunningham scored 14 of Selma High Schools’ 24 first-quarter points. The duo made big plays all over the field on offense, defense and special teams.

Stubbs began the scoring on a three-yard plunge from the Wildcat position and added the two-point conversion on the same play for an early 8-0 lead. The score was set up by a beautiful one-handed catch by Dion Nelson Jr. on a go route from Keon Hope for 49 yards.

After a change of possessions, Jeremy Sturdivant blocked a Leflore punt attempt and rumbled 25 yards for a touchdown that ignited the Saints fans and sideline. Stubbs powered in the two-point conversion as the blue and gold took control of the game.

After forcing the Rattlers to punt again on the next possession, Cunningham took an errant kick out of mid-air and sprinted untouched for a touchdown from 21 yards out. Nelson added another two-point conversion to make the score 16-0.

On the Saints’ next possession, senior night took an emotional turn as senior captain Gabe Wade caught a quick slant from Hope at midfield and sprinted to the endzone to complete the 54-yard play. This play was significant because Wade has been an integral part of Selma’s offense the past three seasons and is just returning after missing the last seven weeks with a severe hamstring injury.

“I was very emotional before the game,” said Wade. “I’ve missed a lot my senior season and just wanted so badly to help my teammates. This means a lot to me.”