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Rowdy's Roundup: Week 8

It is hard to believe that we just concluded Week 8 of the Mississippi high school football season...

The Malco Theatres Top 10 finished with a perfect 10-0 record this week. Most of them resulted in domination. However, there were a few that made hearts stop. With that being said, let’s round ‘em up!

#1 Hattiesburg - 60

Pearl River Central - 7

Welcome to the top, Tigers!

Another week, another high flying and dominating performance from this squad. I know we’ve mentioned Jarod “Snoop” Conner and Drexlan Allen many times on this weekly roundup, but look at what Darius Ruffin did tonight. Wow.

Ruffin caught FOUR touchdowns passes from Conner and Hattiesburg took care of business. They host Wayne County next week.

#2 Horn Lake - 47

Columbus - 6

No, we did not forget you last week, Horn Lake.

They still are an easy 6A contender and are incredible as a unit. Keep winning, and they might take that top spot eventually. They showcased that talent against Columbus on Homecoming night.

It was an easy win for the Eagles to remain perfect. They’ll be looking to avenge last year’s debacle against Oxford next. Both teams are 3-0 in region play. Buckle up folks!

#3 Brandon - 38

Petal - 21

It might have taken a while to pull away, but the Bulldogs used their offensive cheat code “Rogers to Mingo” to remain perfect in region play.

Will Rogers had three total scores on the night, two of which to Mingo and one he took himself with his legs. Another big win against a competitive bunch. Brandon has a tough task ahead with a trip to Meridian looming.

#4 Northwest Rankin - 42

Provine - 6

They may have dethroned No. 1 last week, but the Cougars still have games to play. The season isn’t over yet. They continued to impress against a JPS foe in the Rams.

P.J. Lindsey did things, Dee Baker did things, and Desmond Hill also did things in this lopsided affair. It will be interesting too see them when they travel to Clinton next week for a potential Top 10 clash. Boy, will that be a fun one!

#5 Starkville - 79

Greenville - 0

WARNING: The following game contained extreme violence and may not be suitable for the viewer’s eyes. Viewer discretion is advised.

After falling from the top of the rankings, Starkville decided to take their frustration out on Greenville and… geez.

Dreke Clark was once again dominant and K.J. Lawrence contributed to the cause as well. This is Starkville’s largest shutout win in school history and the second most points scored in a game in their history.

Hopefully next week’s game will be a little more competitive as they travel to Madison Central, setting up a potential Top 10 showdown. Are you ready?

#6 West Point - 47

Lake Cormorant - 7

West Point’s defense and Brandon Harris… good gracious.

The Green Wave finished getting three interceptions, one of which went for a pick six. Brandon Harris had three touchdowns, all of which came before halftime. West Point had a 33-0 lead at the half and put it in cruise control from there.

Big, big region showdown next week when the unbeaten Olive Branch Conquistadors roll into town. Remember this game last year? Lets see if this one will be more competitive this time.

#7 Madison Central - 24

Warren Central - 17

Can these two teams just play every week? My goodness, this one never ceases to disappoint.

After Madison Central struck first blood, a circuit breaker was blown, forcing the game to be delayed. Then, here come the Vikings. Warren Central had a 14-10 lead at the half. The Vikings, once again, could not finish the Jaguars off in the end.

Madison Central has now won six in a row. They have the hard-nosed Yellowjackets from Starkville coming next week. This one also never ceases to disappoint.

#8 Oak Grove - 37

Meridian - 6

Talk about a statement win!

Even without a few key defensive players, the Warriors had a field day against a tough Wildcat team. Oh yeah, John Rhys Plumlee did amazing… again. He had 232 passing yards, completing 22 of 27 passes as well as 146 yards on the ground with 11 carries.

Oak Grove travels to Terry next week.

#9 Clinton - 35

Murrah - 12

Short week? No problem, said the Arrows.

Clinton showed out against the second JPS school in two weeks this past Thursday. Hunter Hulsey and Dez Baker did their thing, pretty much all before the first half ended. And… yeah.

The Arrows have Northwest Rankin up next for a possible Top 10 game. Prepare to see points, lot of points.

#10 Louisville - 27

Noxubee County - 26


It was our preseason 4A title pick against our top ranked 4A team currently. This game lived up to the hype, and then some.

The Tigers had a furious fourth quarter comeback. With 2:55 left in the game, Noxubee County blocked a punt and took the ball the other way to take a 26-24 lead.

The Wildcats drove down the field, and Elijah Wilkes delivered with a game winning field goal… what a game.

Louisville now awaits a home date with Forest next week. Let’s see if they can keep things rolling.

**Photo Courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA

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