• John Macon Gillespie

Rowdy's Roundup: Week 1


Friday night football kicked off this week across the state.. Some games were sound beatings. Some games had fans biting their nails and on the edge of their seats. Some, unfortunately, were cancelled due to mother nature.

There were key matchups featuring SES Mississippi Top 10 teams. Let us see how they faired to begin 2018.

#1 Starkville - 30

#5 Noxubee County - 6

This Starkville team showed everyone why SES Mississippi considered them to be the 6A title favorite, emphatically. The Yellowjackets seemed to be just too overwhelming on both sides of the ball. We got to see how good QB Luke Altmyer could be down the road, how dangerous Dreke can be again, and how nasty their front seven can be… again.

#2 Tupelo - 34

#3 Meridian - 24

Wow, what a comeback. Meridian held a 17-0 lead at halftime and late in the third quarter. Then, the offensive star power for the Wave exploded and the defense made the adjustments needed. They would go on to outscore the Wildcats 34-7 down the stretch. That’s a heck of a finish.

#4 Horn Lake - (Bye Week)

#6 Brandon - 14

Madison Central - 7

Do you like defense? This was one for you. The Jaguars held a 7-0 advantage at the half, then, here comes Brandon. They were able to muscle their way to the end zone twice and had a 14-7 lead late in the game. The Dog defense delivered on Madison Central’s final drive to seal the game.

#7 Northwest Rankin - 42

Germantown - 7

The better team showed itself early and often in Madison. P.J. Lindsey put on a show for the Cougars with three scores and a few long runs. There were scores offensively, defensively, and on special teams… not bad.

#8 Oak Grove - 49

Purvis - 7

Goodness. The Warriors once again open up the season in dominant fashion. E10 member, John Rhys Plumlee, and company just executed brilliantly to begin the 2018 season.

#9 Hattiesburg vs. Petal

Tonight at 7:00pm

#10 Jefferson Davis County - 17

Harrison Central - 7

The Jags once again prove that size of the school doesn’t matter. They defeat the 6A Rebels for the second straight season. A field goal put the nail in the coffin early in the 4th quarter.

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

#JaredRedding #RowdysRoundup

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