Rowdy's Roundup: Week 6
Welcome to the 2018 Mississippi high school football season! Just kidding, that was six weeks ago. But… it is close enough, however.
This is the week where it all starts to count for our Top 10 teams. It is considered by most coaches to be the “real” or “new” season. Every game from here until the first week of November will impact them in the title hunt.
Without further a due, let us check out how the Top 10 teams did to open up region play.
#1 Starkville - 63
Provine - 12
So… yeah. Starkville won again.
The Jackets did their thing, pounding the ball with E10 member Dreke Clark and Luke Altmyer doing the rest with his targets. Starkville led the Rams 49-0 at halftime and eventually got win No. 5 in 2018.
A BIG test awaits Starkville next week, a trip down Highway 25 to take on Northwest Rankin. Get ready folks, this is going to be fun.
#2 Horn Lake - 45
South Panola - 13
When legendary South Panola head coach Ricky Woods says that this Horn Lake team is one of the best he has played since winning a state title three years ago, that is one heck of a team.
The Eagles backed it up throughout the night. Big offensive plays and smash mouth defense were the name of the game for Horn Lake.
Up next, a trip right down the road to DeSoto Central.
#3 Hattiesburg - 40
Gautier - 13
It certainly wasn’t the start the Tigers were looking for.
Gautier had a 13-6 lead with five minutes left in the first half. Then after that, Hattiesburg began to light up the scoreboard… again. Drexlan Allen scored right after the Gators took the lead and the rest was history.
A trip to Wiggins to take on Stone awaits the Tigers.
#4 Clinton - 20
#10 Madison Central - 35
This has usually been an interesting matchup the past decade or so. It was the case this year too.
Clinton jumped out to a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter. Pretty confident at that point right? Then they realized that the magician himself, Jimmy Holliday was on the other sideline.
Holliday went off, scoring five total TDs on the night against a hard-nosed Arrow defense. Not bad for the Madison Central junior QB.
Madison Central will host JPS foe Murrah next week.
#5 Brandon - 40
Terry - 6
’Twas a good homecoming night for the Brandon Bulldogs.
They scored on offense, defense, and special teams. Will Rogers finished with a touchdown pass and run. Everyone else did their job and Brandon is 1-0 in 6A Region 3.
Brandon travels to Lucedale to take on George County next week.
#6 West Point - 14
Lafayette - 13
The ‘Dores gave West Point everything they wanted, and then some. It wasn’t enough. The game shifted from a shootout to a defensive slugfest in one half. The difference in this game was a blocked extra point by West Point. The king is still on the throne, for now.
The Green Wave travel to Center Hill next week.
#7 Oak Grove - 39
George County - 7
E10 member John Rhys Plumlee was without two of his top targets. That didn’t change much Friday. The game was pretty much over at halftime, thanks to a 32-0 Warrior lead. Oh yeah, Plumlee had four total TDs before the break too.
Oak Grove will take a short trip over to Petal next week.
#8 Northwest Rankin - 45
Warren Central - 28
Every time Warren Central clawed their way back into the game, the Cougars had an answer. Especially in the second half.
P.J. Lindsey had another great performance and the Cougars are 1-0 heading into their date with top ranked Starkville next week. Get ready.
#9 Tupelo - 43
Hernando - 31
The Golden Wave again received a scare this season, and didn’t blink.
Jaquerrious “J-Rock” Williams rushed for a career high 292 yards… in three quarters played. Jordan Jernigan is getting back in the thick of things with a two TD performance as well. Watch out for this offense when everyone is 100 percent healthy.
Tupelo will travel to Columbus next week.
**Photo courtesy of Markietha Swinney