• Jared Redding

Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 12

South Panola's Martez Clark looks for running room. Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA.

Thus concludes the official end of the 2019 Mississippi high school season.

It has been an absolute blast. From here on out, it’s win or go home. Playoffs are upon us, everywhere this time. Next week’s round up will look a little different.

This week, we had plenty of games with playoff implications written all over them. Let’s check them out, shall we?

#1 Petal 27, Terry 14

Nothing to play for, other than getting prepared to host their first round opponent. Mission accomplished.

The Panthers came out of the gates rolling and the rest was history. They led 27-0 at the half and let the backups take care of the rest. Decarlos Nicholson threw for a pair of touchdowns and Micah McGowan had himself six points on the ground. They finished perfect in perhaps the state’s toughest region. Well done, gentleman.

Petal will host Biloxi next week to open the playoffs. Will they return to the state championship game for the first time since 2015?

#2 West Point 35, Center Hill 0

The Green Wave won another region game. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. Before you go, let’s talk about them Greenies real fast.

Brandon Harris is back in the fold after missing the last two games due to injury. He had a touchdown tonight, so did Dantaryius Cannon, Jimothy Mays, Corbin Kelly, and Kristian Bennett via special teams #scoopnscore. The defense, well, they did that.

West Point will begin their quest for a fourth straight state championship next week by hosting Provine in the first round. Here they come, y’all.

#3 Starkville 26, Clinton 7

It took a hot minute for the engine to start. Once it did, there was no going back.

The Yellowjackets continue to dominate on their home turf as they tuned up for playoff action next week. Luke Altmyer threw for three touchdown passes, two of which went to Joshua Aka and the other to Rufus Harvey. The only touchdown given up was late. Now, onward for the black and gold.

Starkville will host Horn Lake next week, the same team that knocked them out in last year’s second round. The nest should be ready.

#4 South Panola 35, Warren Central 6

For the second week in a row, the Vikings ended up waking the giant.

The Tigers used a furious second half to pull away from Warren Central to lock up the No. 2 seed in Region 2-6A. Janari Dean ran for two touchdowns. Anterio Draper and Martez Clark each had a rushing touchdown. Even the defense got in on the scoring with a #snoopnscore courtesy of Tym Taylor. South Panola is one hot team going into the postseason.

The Tigers will host the team that began their season, Tupelo. This time, they’ll be in the comfortable confines of Robert H. Dunlap Stadium.

#5 Oxford 14, Tupelo 3

Say hello to your Region 1-6A champion Oxford Chargers.

That defense continues to show why they might be the best that Class 6A has to offer. They shut down a team that came in averaging 175 yards rushing per game and held them to just 55 in this one. Sure, Oxford left a few points on the board, but we saw J.J. Pegues make some big time plays. Pegues ran for two scores, including a 53 yard touchdown. Oxford’s final drive took about nine minutes off the clock and they are now the No. 1 seed and will host from here on out.

The last three times the Chargers won a region championship, they proceeded to make the state title game. Could this finally be the year to get it done? They’ll have to beat Warren Central next week first.

#6 West Jones 42, Wingfield 0

Yeah… that says it all.

The Mustangs dominated en route to the school’s fifth undefeated regular season in school history. Alan Follis had a pretty nice game, but didn’t have to do too much. He did run for a TD though. The offensive damage was done on the ground. Kentrell Pruitt had two scores while Joshus McDonald and Marion Lindsey had one too. A defensive TD came from Londarrius McRunnels on a fumble return.

As mentioned, the Mustangs have a history of winning games, but can they finally get it done this year? West Jones will host East Central next week.

#7 Madison Central 35, Greenville 0

Buisness for the Jaguars, and they got it done.

They were without Jimmy Holiday, but it turns out they really didn’t need him all that much for this matchup. In his absence, just do what he did and run the football. Duke Arnold and Tate Collins each had two scores a piece. Javarius Jordan had the other score. The defense forced two turnovers and did their job. So, now what?

Madison Central is a No. 3 seed and will make the very long road trip up to Olive Branch next week to open the playoffs. The Jaguars have been in this situation before, they always seem to find a way to get to North Half. Let’s see if they can do it again.

#8 Picayune 49, Wayne County 28

For 24 minutes, you could easy make the argument that this was the 5A game of the year. Then, the Tide just got stronger and stronger.

Picayune and Wayne County were tied at 28 at halftime. That’s a lot of points for a half of play. The dam bursted for the War Eagles and they couldn’t recover. Cam Thomas had a handful of touchdowns (surprised?) and Ben Hickman had a few himself. Austin Samples had one too. Wayne County tried. One simply can’t keep up with Picayune.

The Tide end the regular season unbeaten, and with another Region 4-5A championship. They will host Brookhaven next week.

#9 Itawamba AHS 42, Ripley 13

Here’s our first playoff roundup of the season. For this one, the better team just won.

The Indians scored early and often to advance in 4A postseason play. You know, it’s Davion Sistrunk and Ike Chandler making magic once again. They built a 35-0 halftime lead and cruise control was set from that point on. As for their opponent next week…

Itawamba AHS will face West Lauderdale next week in the second round.

#10 Greenwood 43, Leake Central 0

And for the other undefeated 4A team in this round up… sheesh.

The Bulldogs weren’t playing games as they demolished Leake Central to advance in 4A postseason play. 41 first half points were scored. That is not a mistake. Leake Central was simply just overwhelmed from the opening kick.

Greenwood will host a very dangerous New Albany team next week.

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