• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Tupelo 28 | Brandon 13

Following his team’s huge road victory over #6 Brandon, Trent Hammond was feeling it. And he wanted to make sure his team was, too, as he delivered a fiery and reinforcing postgame message.

Hammond, who is in his fifth season as Tupelo’s head coach, breamed at the end of his message. Even in victory, he explained, the Wave had not played their best.

“Our best is coming, though,” He concluded.

The bye comes next Friday, but it’s all division play after that. First up will be a trip to Hernando.

But let’s not run away from what the Wave accomplished last night just yet. With their second win against a top-10 foe this season, Tupelo moves to 4-0.

Of Tupelo’s 485 total yards of offense, 369 came on the ground. Junior running back Jaquerrious Williams went for 209 yards and three touchdowns, and was particularly impressive in the second half. Junior quarterback Stephon McGlaun added another 118 yards and score on the ground, as well.

In the final minutes of the first half the Golden Wave found themselves down 13-7. Things were working like they usually are in the ground game. But still, a good punt return allowed Stephon McGlaun to get in position to run for a score and give the Wave the lead as the buzzer expired on the half.

They would never relinquish the momentum gained on that play. In the second half Tupelo looked like a different team. They were more physical in the running game. In fact, a steady diet of runs from Williams and McGlaun is all it took to get two more scores in the final two quarters.

Meanwhile, Jett Johnson and the Wave defense pitched a shutout in the second half.

In the first two quarters Brandon sophomore quarterback Will Rogers found Bo Whatley, Matt Stowers and Jonathan Ringo en route to three scoring drives. Stowers caught a touchdown and Ringo continually broke open deep.

Rogers finished with 207 yards passing, but the Bulldogs could only produce 206 total yards against the stout Tupelo defense.

Extra Point

Brandon’s new stadium is one of the nicest high school football experiences you will find anywhere across the state. From the giant, bright jumbotron, to the state of the art press box and even the Bulldog statue just beyond the entry gates, it is one cool place.

The fans provided a nice atmosphere, as well, and the new palace is sure to be the home of plenty of raucous games in the coming years.

Player of the Game

J-Rock Williams

Kind of an obvious choice, though Tupelo did have a number of standout performers on the night.

Williams is the ultimate x-factor when he’s on. In the first half, Brandon’s defensive line stepped up and slowed him. In the second half, he looked like a man possessed. He was able to slide between defenders, juke his way around them, spin off of them and even run right through them on his way to two second half scores.

#Tupelo #Brandon #JohnLukeMcCord

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