Rowdy's Roundup: Week 11
It is a wonderful time for Mississippi high school football… kinda.
Playoffs are around the corner, yes, but this also the time where players, coaches, fans, and media outlets lose their minds when it comes to sorting out playoff seeding for particular classifications. So that’s pretty fun. Oh yeah, it’s getting pretty cold too.
Back on topic, let’s see how the Malco Theatres Top 10 did as we get closer to the playoffs!
#1 Hattiesburg - 60
Long Beach - 3
It is about time that Snoop Conner and Drexlan Allen share the wealth a little bit.
We got to see what players like Jarius McFarland, K.T. Hicks, and Jamal Donaldson are made of. The Tigers had very little issues with the Bearcats as they cruised to a 40-3 halftime lead and didn’t look back. Hattiesburg is the champion of Region 4-6A.
#2 Horn Lake - 35
Tupelo - 17
For the first time in program history, the Horn Lake Eagles are division champions. Let that sink in…
The Eagles finished the first half off strong and wouldn’t be denied from that point on. It was all Horn Lake from that point on.
It is simply amazing what this program has been able to accomplish under head coach Brad Boyette. The culture of this program has changed. They were previously a bottom feeder, but now a 6A title favorite.
Wow, just wow.
#3 Brandon - 35
Jim Hill - 7
Another night, another region win for the Dogs.
Josh Sullivan scored a pair of TDs. Dallas Smith, Zalion Johnson and Ashton Nickeberry also contributed to the cause as Brandon did more Brandon things again.
However, the region title isn’t there just yet. They have the Rankin County Super Bowl against Pearl next week to determine that. This is going to be fun, as it always is between these two.
#4 Northwest Rankin - 32
#7 Madison Central - 28
How do we explain this one?
This was a classic Top 10 battle that unfortunately one team had to lose. It was the home team.
The Cougars erased a two score deficit…TWICE in this game. Jones (both of them) delivered when it mattered most and because of that, they are champions of their division for the first time since 2006. This region is arguably the best in the state at any level. Well done, Cougs!
#5 Starkville - 38
Warren Central - 17
Pretty impressive, more like very impressive.
Warren Central was the only team to beat Starkville in region play a year ago. The Yellowjackets got sweet revenge and handled them for the majority of the game. Want to know what else is impressive? Dreke Clark this season. Clark passed 1,000 yards rushing on the year in this game.
Unfortunately they cant win the division this year because of NWR, but that can’t keep them from their goal. This team is still a 6A favorite. They’ll try to look like that again against Clinton next week.
#6 West Point - 41
Saltillo - 7
Quick show of hands, who saw this coming? You can put them all down now. Don’t feel bad Saltillo. You ran into a juggernaut, one that won… another… division title.
Kam Martin had another big game, and like most of the season, the Green Wave found plenty of other options to score points. They did so and locked up a No. 1 seed. Surprised?
Whoever plays this team in the first round of the playoffs, brace yourselves.
#8 Louisville - 43
Leake County - 0
Thus concludes the 2018 regular season for the PowerCats.
They already won the division last week, but there were seniors playing their final regular season home game at R.E. Hinze Stadium. Who wouldn’t want to play for this fine group of 26 seniors?
Louisville took care of business once again and have the “second season” coming in hot. Look out 4A!
#9 Oak Grove - 21
Pearl - 13
This game can be considered as what PHS head coach John Perry likes to call a slobber knocker.
Defense took center stage in this one. Well… until the fourth quarter came around. The Warriors rebounded after a tough loss and will have to travel to Jim Hill.
Oak Grove is still a team that can make some hay although not winning the region. That offense core will be the key to do so.
#10 MRA- 42
PCS - 14
That is the kind of season the Patriots have had, no, literally. They finished 11-0.
MRA had another outstanding performance from Phillip Short and his weapons at his disposal. And that’s that.
They get to enjoy a week off to prepare for whoever comes their way two week from now. Could this be the year that Jackson Prep’s six year reign comes to an end?
**Photo Courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA