• John Macon Gillespie

JMake's 10 Takes Coming In Hot: Week 2

The trophy of the Little Egg Bowl, the annual gridiron battle between Starkville and Oxford. (Photo by Jared Redding)

Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books, and for some schools, it technically didn't even happen. Numerous games were cancelled across the Magnolia State due to severe weather, but if your team didn't get an official win or loss, fear not. My hot takes and predictions are here to guide you through Week 2. Follow along.

1. Louisville ends No.8 West Point's win streak.

Let's talk about Louisville for a second. The Wildcats rolled down to Florida last week to take on Navarre High School who went 9-2 a season ago. After last Friday night, Navarre is now halfway to their loss total from 2017. Louisville is the real deal, and I think they shock a good West Point team this week.

2. No. 1 Tupelo wins despite injuries.

The new No. 1 team in the SES Top 10 had numerous key pieces go down last week to injury. Stephon McGlaun, Jordan Jernigan and Nija Cole all will miss a few weeks of action while they recover. Despite them not playing this week, I expect Tupelo to take care of business against 4A Corinth. Regardless of whether or not the Golden Wave pull of the win, their schedule only gets tougher from here, so those injuries could prove costly before it's all said and done.

3. No. 3 Brandon topples South Panola, and the Tigers start 0-2.

Last week's Clinton-South Panola game went right down to the wire, and our very own Jared Redding and Walker Bailey had great coverage of it. The Tigers hung around with Clinton most of the game and had opportunities to win but failed to do so. I am a big believer in Will Rogers and the Brandon Bulldogs (as evidenced by last week's 10 Takes), and I think they move to 2-0 this week while sending South Panola to 0-2.

4. The Little Egg Bowl isn't close.

I work with Oxford natives and go to school in Oxford, but, guys, the No. 2 Yellowjackets are for real. Not only is the Starkville offense efficient with Rodrigues Clark and Luke Altmyer in the backfield, but their front seven is almost SEC-worthy in size. I expect Starkville to suffocate the Oxford offense and score a fair bit, as well, as they hand the Chargers their first loss of the season.

5. Pontotoc vs. Senatobia goes down to the wire.

In years past, I would have picked Pontotoc in a landslide, but last season's matchup was decided by three points, and Pontotoc experienced some difficulty with Houston last Friday. Senatobia took 5A Lake Cormorant to overtime last week, so I expect them to give Pontotoc a fight. My gut still has me picking Pontotoc to win, but it won't be easy.

6. Houston tops Calhoun City by two scores.

Houston and Calhoun City's annual Week 2 matchup is always intriguing, but has usually gone the Toppers' way in a narrow margin. Houston played Pontotoc closely last week, and appears to be decently talented despite graduating some key pieces last season. Calhoun City usually plays well in this matchup, and I expect the game to be close throughout, but I look for the Toppers to secure the win late with an extra touchdown.

7. No. 5 Hattiesburg holds onto the Little Brown Jug.

This is a game I have to flip a coin on. Laurel put on a show last week in a 55-13 win over Callaway, but I was high on the Tigers coming into the season, and I'm going to stick by that. This rivalry is always heated, and the Tornadoes could definitely pull it off, but give me Hattiesburg in a close one.

8. No. 6 Oak Grove takes care of Wayne County.

You can never count out Wayne County, but Oak Grove is really, really good. The Warriors annihilated Purvis last week 49-7 and played like an early favorite to win 6A south. The War Eagles will put up a fight, but I expect Oak Grove to win by a few scores.

9. No. 4 Horn Lake opens their season with a win.

Horn Lake and the Fighting Nakobe Deans...I mean...Eagles...didn't start their season last week, so their first game of their campaign falls in Week 2. The Eagles travel to Shannon this week, and the Red Raiders are coming off of a game that they let get away. The Red Raiders led Corinth early in the second half, but the Warriors came back to win 29-28. The Red Raiders will be looking for redemption this week, but I don't expect them to find it against a team as talented as Horn Lake.

10. Smithville takes one from Hatley.

Let's talk about some 1A football because that's where my heart will always be. 1A Nanih Waiya took 3A Hatley to the woodshed last week with the final score being 41-6. This is a Monroe County rivalry, so the Tigers will give it everything they have in an attempt to beat the 'Noles, but Smithville always has a solid team. I don't expect another 41-6 margin, but I do expect the Seminoles to walk away with the win and bragging rights.

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