Coverage Recap: Tupelo 25 | Horn Lake 7
It was cold and it was damp, but that didn’t matter as Tupelo took their undefeated record on the road to Horn Lake Friday night and beat the Eagles 25-7. With the win the program captured it’s second straight division title, something that hasn’t been done since 1988 - before any players, and a few coaches, on the team were even born.
Nothing about the win was flashy, as it was the Wave’s least productive offensive outing of the season. However, the defense was sturdy all night long, pitching a shutout until the final minutes. The Wave forced safety on the first play of the game to begin the scoring.
Tay Standifer picked off two passes, returning one for a long score. Jett Johnson made fierce tackles all over the field. And the defensive line was a hassle for Horn Lake quarterback Raydarious Jones all night long.
It seemed every time Horn Lake would put together a big play, the Wave would get to them in the backfield or draw a penalty on the following play. The Eagles never established any rhythm offensively, which is a credit to the Wave defense, because Jones has been hard on defenses when he’s been on the field this season.
Junior quarterback Stephon McGlaun celebrated a birthday today, but he also celebrated a beautiful 40-yard touchdown toss to Jordan Jernigan in the second quarter. The duo connected on a 35-yard pass on the play before.
Other than those two long passes, and a couple drops, the running game moved slowly. Some drives it was nothing, but Jaquerrious Williams did manage 86 of the Wave’s 114 rushing yards, and scored on the ground.
It wasn’t a performance to write home about, but it got the job done for the Wave. Locking down the top spot in region 1-6A is a big deal, and it means the Wave will again be at home to kickoff the playoffs again in 2017.
Give credit to the Horn Lake defense. That unit doesn’t get enough credit. They entered the game allowing just 12.6 points per game. They stout up front, and Nakobe Dean is as good as advertised. If the offensive side of the ball is able to return to full health, the Eagles will be a threat in the playoffs.
With the win Tupelo improves to 10-0(6-0) on the season, while Horn Lake falls to 7-2(4-2). Next week Tupelo will host Oxford. Horn Lake travels to face Southaven.