• Jared Redding

Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 11

A West Point football player takes the field during pregame warmups. Photo courtesy of Cal Brown.

As the 2019 season is beginning to close, there is still a lot at stake, particularly in the higher classifications and in our Top 10.

After all the hand warmers used and hot chocolates drank, we’re sitting here warm again and anxious for a big week ahead of us this week. Playoff football is around the corner. Before that, let’s take a look at how our Top 10 did. Spoiler: they did pretty good.

#1 Petal 42, George County 7

The Petal Panthers are 6A Region 3 champions, exactly what everyone predicted right?

It’s absolutely amazing what the Panthers have done this year against one of the best regions in all of Mississippi high school football. They may not have the most talent in Class 6A, but they play a phenomenal team game, all the way around. They pulled away late in the first quarter after being tied for most of it and never looked back. Decarlos Nicholson made sure of that.

The Panthers, while not having anything to play for, will travel to Terry next week to prepare for postseason play.

#2 West Point 49, New Hope 3

Unlike the previously mentioned team, these guys haven’t surprised this year. Why? Because they do stuff like this consistently and usually back it up with a gold ball later.

The Green Wave won their fourth straight 5A Region 1 title by running the New Hope Trojans out of the building on Friday. You know, the usual formula. Run the ball at will and hit anything that moves defensively.

Dantaryius Cannon, Tae Gibbs, and Jimothy Mayes each had two touchdowns and the only points given up early in the second quarter, already up by two scores.

The Wave rolls on to Center Hill next week.

#3 Starkville 50, Warren Central 24

The Vikings poked the giant in the second half. That was probably a mistake.

The Yellowjackets trailed 16-7 at halftime. It was at this point where it seemed like Warren Central was going to have that one win, like they do every year, when they knock off a golden goose of the region and in Class 6A. We were fooled.

Starkville fought all the way back to take a 27-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. Then, the flood gates opened, permanently.

In a chaotic 6A Region 2, Starkville still controls their own destiny. They will host Clinton next week for senior night. That is no cake walk by any means.

#4 South Panola 35, Murrah 8

The Tigers continue to be hot in 6A Region 2 with this business trip down to Jackson being successful.

Janari Dean is once again carrying the rock with a purpose after coming back last week from an injury. The bench got plenty of playing time and very few issues were had. The only thing they can control from here on out is themselves.

That painful loss to Starkville earlier in the season is going to make it harder for South Panola to get a No. 1 playoff seed next week. Before they can worry about the Starkville outcome, they have to defeat the Warren Central team that hung with Starkville for three quarters.

#5 Oxford 36, Hernando 6

The Chargers could’ve celebrated their first region championship in Class 6A with the help of a few teams, but they’ll have to wait another week, the final week.

Oxford took care of business Friday while celebrating their 2020 senior class. Thinks played out a little different for the Chargers than what we’ve seen the past few weeks. The offense had perhaps their best game since mid September against Southaven while their defense, despite giving up big chunks of yards, didn’t give up many points and had three interceptions. No matter how it’s done, a win counts. Now, they have to just win in order to lock up a No. 1 seed.

They will be on the road next week at Tupelo. The Chargers will have to win or keep a loss under 11 points. This won’t be easy for them.

#6 West Jones 49, Jim Hill 22

The more and more this season goes on, the more and more that the Mustangs are reminding us of that dominant 2010 squad that should’ve went to a state championship.

The Mustangs are now 10-0 and are in cruise control after their dominant win over the Tigers. This was the most points surrendered all year long, but again, a win is a win. Their offense took care of business, and that will be needed greatly come playoff time.

West Jones will host Wingfield next week.

#7 Madison Central 36, Germantown 22

The Jaguars came back to their winning ways after a rough stretch the past few weeks. It wasn’t the most convincing of wins, but that’s just 6A football, particularly near our state’s capital.

The human cheat code known as Jimmy Holiday rushed for four touchdowns, all of which were big plays yardage wise. Defensively, it’s not easy stopping that ground attack that can hurt you many different ways and directions. Now, the questions is where do they end up after next week?

Madison Central will host Greenville next week.

#8 Picayune 63, Pascagoula 14

For those of you keeping track, that is now 188 points that Picayune has scored in the last three games. What?

The Maroon Tide continues to roll through the coast and all those that have come in their path this year. The latest victims were the Pascagoula Panthers. Picayune quickly jumped out to a 21-0 lead and the rest is history. Cameron Thomas is just on another level right now.

Picayune will travel to Wayne County next week.

#9 Itawamba AHS 57, Caledonia 36

And thus concludes a perfect 2019 season for the Indians.

Everything that they’ve done up to this point looks great and all, but the record for every 4A team from here on out will be reset to 0-0. They had themselves a nice tuneup though. Ike Chandler and Davion Ststrunk did their thing, obviously. The defense may have given up more than they’d like. But there was nothing to play for before this game kicked off. They’re won’t be games like this from here on out.

The first hurdle in the Indians way will be over Ripley next week. 4A north is top heavy this year. Let the road to Hattiesburg begin.

#10 Greenwood 34, Yazoo City 0

Those Delta Dawgs are for real. They’ve earned a Top 10 spot. Just watch them play. They are a fun group to watch.

Greenwood is the other unblemished 4A team. After everything they’ve done this year, it all came down to Friday to see who would take that No. 1 seed from 4A Region 3. Safe to say the Bulldogs wanted it more. They got it, and they’re looking to win their school’s first football state championship.

Their first step will be taking on Leake Central next week. Will this finally be their year?

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