• John Macon Gillespie

Rowdy's Roundup: Week 9

Man, was it a great week for high school football or what?

We had great games all over the state, two Top 10 showdowns, and probably best of all: FOOTBALL WEATHER! What else can you ask for? If it’s cutting to the chase, then let’s do it! Here’s how the Malco Theatres Top 10 did this week!

#1 Hattiesburg - 49

Wayne County - 6

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Snoop Conner and Drexlan Allen having great offensive showings.

*Reader stops us*

So yeah… that happened again. Conner rushed for THREE TDs and threw one to Darius Ruffin. Allen had two scores on the night, the night of his birthday. Happy late birthday, Allen!

Similar to previous games, the Tigers rolled after a slow start. They’ve been putting up video game numbers all season long. Let’s see if that trend will continue against Picayune next week.

#2 Horn Lake - 28

Oxford - 17

Oxford is a well-coached, gritty team that can hang with Horn Lake.

*JMake enters the conversation*

JMake: “But Horn Lake has Nakobe Dean.”

Yes, indeed they do… What a job Dean and company against the Chargers in the second half.

The Eagles found themselves down 17-7 at halftime. They proceeded to wear down the opposition and shut them out in the second half. Heck, Dean even scored an offensive TD(!!)

We also heard that someone is tired of being ranked second in our rankings. Horn Lake probably won their biggest game of the season thus far, so they can add that to their résumé. Will they jump to that top spot? We’ll find out soon.

#3 Brandon - 35

Meridian - 12

We’ve been saying it all along, that Meridian is no pushover despite their record. They just ran into Will Rogers, Jonathan Mingo, and Dallas Smith.

The Bulldogs were in a dog fight (haha, get it?) up until halftime, leading 14-12. Then, the dam bursted open thank to a few turnovers by Brandon. They are now 4-0 in Region 3-6A and await a potential Top 10 battle against Oak Grove. *starts drooling*

#4 Northwest Rankin - 34

#9 Clinton - 14


The Cougars aren’t playing around in 2018. They are just good. Well, let us rephrase that… incredible!

The Jones tandem was just too much for the Arrows to handle. The Cougars absolutely owned the second and third quarter. With this win, NWR is now 4-0 in perhaps 6A’s toughest division. Not too shabby. They face Greenville next week.

#5 Starkville - 21

#7 Madison Central - 17

This lived up to every bit of it’s hype, and then some!

Both defenses put on a show, particularly in the second half. Drake Clark had a more difficult time getting yards than usual, but scored twice and made a huge difference.

These two teams just need to play every week. It will never cease to disappoint. Starkville plays Murrah next week while Madison Central has Provine.

#6 West Point - 34

Olive Branch - 33

Now THIS is what you call a classic!

My goodness what a rally by them Greenies… they just never threw in the towel. Olive Branch had a 27-14 lead late in the third quarter only to have West Point gash them with their run game down the stretch.

Dantariyus Canon scored the game winner and West Point again ended Olive Branch’s undefeated season. They are now in the driver’s seat in Region 1-5A.

#8 Oak Grove - 34

Terry - 6

The better team showed itself early and often.

John Rhys Plumlee and company were good once again offensively and took care of business against a Terry squad that’s pretty decent.

Now that this is over, they can prepare for a MASSIVE game against Brandon. It’s 4-0 vs. 4-0 in Region 3-6A. Points should be of plenty.

#10 Louisville - 49

Forest - 6

So what did we learn after this one?

Wildcat > Bearcat

Louisville got it done in all three phases on homecoming night. There were offensive, defensive, and special teams TDs. Let’s see if they win their eighth straight game against the Whippets from Kosciusko next week.

**Photo Courtesy of Zac Chamblee,

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