• John Macon Gillespie

Rowdy's Roundup: Week 10

Can you believe that we’ve reached this time of the year so fast? Well, time does indeed fly when you’re having fun I guess…

Playoff brackets are taking shape, there were several games across the state that had massive playoff implications. But the purpose of this series is to recap how the Malco Theatres Top 10 did this week. Without further a due, let’s do that!

#1 Hattiesburg - 49

Picayune - 35

*Wipes sweat off face with a loud “phew”*

Now this is the kind of game that people like to refer to as a track meet.

When Picayune took the lead, the Tigers answered in the first half. It was a sure enough shootout. It took an onside kick by Hattiesburg late in the third quarter to breathe a little. The Tigers scored right after that to pretty much seal the deal.

Snoop did Snoop Conner things again… accounting for SEVEN TDs on the night. Darius Ruffin also continued to stay hot with a three TD performance through the air.

The Tigers are still unblemished, and still look like the best team in 5A. They have Long Beach up next.

#2 Horn Lake - 37

Hernando - 16


The Eagles are still the envy of DeSoto County and 6A football as a whole. Their latest example: The Tigers.

It took a little bit to get everything in high gear. It did eventually in the second half, just like last week against Oxford. Like Hattiesburg, Horn Lake is also undefeated, for now. Tupelo will be looking to change that next week. This should be fun.

#3 Brandon - 31

#7 Oak Grove - 21

This was a war.

It was Brandon’s F-16’s vs. the B-17 bomber of John Rhys Plumblee. Sounds intense right?

The Bulldogs overcame a 14-0 deficit in the second half and put on an offensive clinic in the process. After all the dogfighting in the second half, Mason Walker put the Dogs up 24-21 with 10 seconds left to play, but WAIT! That’s not all. On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors tried to pull off a Music City miracle and failed. That turned into another Brandon TD.

Brandon is looking pretty in the region standings now. They have Jim Hill to play next week.

#4 Northwest Rankin - 49

Greenville - 26

Another day at the office for the Cougars. *Cougars sip tea*

Jones (both of them) once again put on a show offensively and are still in control for now in Region 2-6A. Most of the points allowed came late in the second half.

They’ll have to play one of their best games of the year to knock off Madison Central next week. Yep, a possible Top 10 matchup *gets excited*.

#5 Starkville - 71

Murrah - 0

One can make the argument that the defeat to Northwest Rankin was probably the worst thing that could’ve happened to the rest of 6A. That poked the bear. And this bear doesn’t look friendly… at all.

How many teams have put up 70+ points TWICE in the same season? Yeah, not many.

Drake Clark did things, K.J. Lawrence did things, the backups did things, and the rest of the school did something too: Homecoming.

The Yellowjackets will be looking to avenge one of last season’s few losses next week against Warren Central. Look for Starkville to try and score 70 again instead of a big fat donut like last year in this game.

#6 West Point - 38

Grenada - 17

The Green Wave won another region game… now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

It’s been a theme lately for West Point when it comes to sharing the wealth in the end zone. It occurred again against a pretty athletic Grenada D. West Point… again… controls their own destiny in the final two weeks of the season. Up next is Saltillo.

#8 Madison Central - 35

Provine - 0

Eric Robertson’s defense has been very impressive. Add this game to the collection of good performances.

The Jags took care of business thanks to Jimmy Holiday, Myles Hobson, Duke Arnold and the aforementioned defense. They’ll need all of them to be at the top of their game when the Northwest Rankin rolls into the Jungle next week.

#9 Louisville - 46

Kosciusko - 23

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2018 Region 4-4A champion Louisville Wildcats!

Kevon Jackson had himself a night with a three TD performance and the rest of those PowerCats dominated all night long. They may not have anything to lose next week, but it is senior night, and who doesn’t want to win for this special group of seniors? They’ll face Leake Central next week.

#10 MRA - 42

Oak Forest (LA) - 19

Nope, MRA didn’t have any sort of hangover from last week’s historical win. And nope, they aren’t in our Top 10 for no reason either.

Behind a massive second half and Phillip Short’s four TD tosses, MRA is 10-0. What a job they’ve done all year long. They’ll look to finish the regular season strong against PCS next week.

**Photo Courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA

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