Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 2 Edition
(Starkville wide receiver Tae Lucious runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Oxford on Friday, Aug. 30. Photo Courtesy of Nathaniel Gabler via The Oxford Eagle)
We’ve seen a lot this high school football season. It’s just week two, folks.
This week we had a nice, healthy mix of things. We had rivalries, outstanding individual performances, upsets and something fitting for this weekly published piece of content: Top 10 showdowns.
We had three of those highlight this week’s slate of games. There were also a few impressive upsets that ended up not in the favor of our Top 10. It’s time to cut to the chase and round all of them up.
#1 Madison Central 28, #2 Brandon 14
First, let’s get to the granddaddy of them all.
As mentioned in the SES Report Podcast, there was a reason why we ranked these two teams as the state’s best. They have two Elite 10 members, two outstanding coaches and the pieces are there for both to make it to Hattiesburg in December. The main reason why Madison Central claimed our top spot: Jimmy Holiday, the run game and that defense.
Holiday was borderline unstoppable with four rushing TDs and his defense smothered Will Rogers for the most of the night. The Jaguars also had two interceptions for good measure.
What an effort by our No. 1 ranked team as they will likely remain on the throne before taking a short road trip to Lakeland Drive to take on the Northwest Rankin Cougars. The Bulldogs will travel to Clinton and it looks like another challenge after what they did this week to a team later on in this round up.
#3 Pearl 42, #10 Warren Central 0
How’s this for a rude welcome to the Top 10?
The Pirates took care of business at Ray Rogers Stadium. If you’re wondering if Elite 10 member Kenyatta Harrell scored more rushing TDs, yes, obviously. He did have some help in this game, though. Their two QBs Gunnar Dennis and Shade Foster each had themselves a touchdown pass and their defense created four turnovers and had themselves a pick six. The score remained the same in the third quarter and just sailed along after that.
For the Pearl, Ridgeland comes to town this week. Warren Central gets to host their neighbors in the Vicksburg Gators.
#6 Starkville 45, #4 Oxford 17
Oxford’s boogeyman over the past few years strikes again, for the sixth meeting in a row.
The final score of this 7th annual Little Egg Bowl game is really deceiving. The Chargers actually had a chance to tie the game at 24 with about six minutes left in the game, but failed to capitalize with an interception. The wheels fell off after that. On the other end of the spectrum, Starkville played with steam coming out the tunnel.
The Yellowjackets scored on their first three possessions quickly and with ease against a vaunted Charger defense. Not bad. Luke Altmyer had three touchdown passes and threw some really good balls under pressure. They held a 24-0 lead late in the first half but would proceed to shoot themselves in the foot in the second half with turnovers. The Chargers got back in the game and made it interesting. At the end of the night, Starkville leads the rivalry series 6-1.
Oxford will return back home next week to take on Grenada. Starkville will travel to West Point, who also have a loss on their resume based on a certain result from this week.
Louisville 38, #5 West Point 28
The aforementioned result would be this game. Just, wow.
If there were any questions about this Louisville team after losing a puzzling 2-0 decision to rival Noxubee County, they were answered in convincing fashion. How convincing? Well, try answering them against the 3-time defending 5A Champion and No. 5 West Point.
The Wildcats silenced literally all of us at SES Mississippi with a stunner at R.E. Hinze Field. Drea Shumaker, Kaleb Mosley and the rest of his offense scored the most points on West Point since 2015 and had to overcome a lead a few times throughout the contest.
Louisville is back, and they won’t stop there. They get to travel to Columbus next week while the Green Wave take on another huge game against Starkville.
Clinton 13, #7 Olive Branch 7
So apparently hanging around with No. 3 Pearl last week for a little while was not a fluke.
The Arrows found a way to stop Gary Banks and company to make the long 207 mile road trip all worth it against none other than our No. 7 ranked Conquistadors. This was Olive Branch’s season opener, keep that in mind. While a very young Clinton offense is still trying to find its footing with their new offensive coordinator, their defense played their tails off. Well done, Clinton.
It gets even harder for Clinton next week as they have to deal with Will Rogers and the Brandon Bulldogs next week at home. Olive Branch will seek for their first 2019 win against Tennessee foe, Haywood.
#8 Petal 21, Harrison Central 6
It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but the Panthers are just one of three teams mentioned in this installment to start the season 2-0. Petal traveled to the coast and was able to muster one touchdown in each quarter except for the first 12 minutes of play.
The Panthers will play host to another set of Panthers from Brookhaven next week while the Red Rebels will travel to Pascagoula.
#9 West Jones 42, Northeast Jones 7
One of the many variations of the saying says “offense sells the tickets, but defense wins ball games” held true in Laurel this week. The Mustangs had a field day and were able to get a handful of points thanks to three defensive touchdowns within the first four minutes of the second quarter. Impressive.
West Jones will make their way to Quitman next week and will look to go to 3-0 on the season, along with Madison Central and Petal in our Top 10.