Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 4 Edition
(Oxford running back K.J. Wadley races to the end zone on Friday, Sept. 13. Oxford defeated Lafayette 46-7 in the 48th annual Crosstown Classic. Photo courtesy of Hannah Newbold.)
Friday the 13th was something else wasn’t it?
We’re back on the Roundup now with a little bigger sample sizes for our Top 10 teams as far as what they can do moving forward into region play. It has been a wild four weeks to say the least, but we welcome it with open arms because we love ourselves some good ‘ole high school football.
Let’s see those who where fortunate and unfortunate to escape bad luck.
#1 Madison Central 34, #2 Pearl 21
Not one, but two absolute statement wins for the Top-ranked Jaguars. What more proof do you need from them? They’ve defeated two second ranked teams in four weeks and have been very impressive while doing so.
The Pirates hung with them for a half of football, but couldn’t keep up. Elite 10 member Jimmy Holiday did things, again. He accounted for all five Madison Central touchdowns, four on the ground and one through the air. Pearl’s Elite 10 member Kenyatta Harrell was still able to get a pair of TDs against the best defense in the state, but it wasn’t enough. The Jaguars are still just too much to handle.
Madison Central and Pearl, like many teams around the state, will take the week off this week to prepare for region play. The Jaguars will travel to Clinton and the Pirates will travel to Petal on September 27.
#3 Brandon 10, Warren Central 9
It sure isn’t an easy task to smother an offense led by Elite 10 member Will Rogers, the Vikings did just that. Unfortunately, luck was not in their favor.
The Bulldogs did what they had to do to survive, thanks to a scoop-and-score by C.J. Blakely. Warren Central couldn’t get much going offensively either, but had a chance to take the lead with six minutes left. Their field goal was doinked off the crossbar and Brandon milked what was left on the clock.
Brandon will be back at it this week with a road trip to Zachary, LA while the Vikings will rest up before region play.
#4 West Point 37, Tupelo 7
Too Much Point. That is all.
The Green Wave proved once again how dominant they are in the confines of Hamblin Stadium. They rolled to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter and didn’t really let up. Brandon Harris had two TDs, both coming in the first quarter. Keon Cunningham had himself a 70-yard scoop-and-score, Gray Berry had a TD pass to Jakobe Pate, and Jimothy Mays punched in a score. West Point doing West Point things once again.
West Point will take no time off as they will face Noxubee County next week before traveling to Oxford to face Lafayette to open up their 5A Region 1 schedule. Tupelo will also rest before traveling to Hernando to start their 6A Region 1 schedule.
#5 Oxford 46, Lafayette 7
Unfortunately, we were not blessed this year to witness something like spectacle we saw from last year’s Crosstown Classic. This was more of a massacre, big time.
The Chargers came ready to play from the opening kick. Oxford scored points on their first five possessions, including all of theirs in the first half. John Meagher and K.J. Wadley each had two touchdowns while Elite 10 member J.J. Pegues had one of his own. Jack Tannehill also had an impressive 47-yard field goal, which set a career high for him. Throw in a pair of pick-sixes in the second half from Tristan Shorter and Jack Gilliland and you got an impressive win over your crosstown rivals. Oxford wins the Crosstown Classic for the third year in a row.
Both teams will have a bye week this week. After that, Oxford will open up region play hosting Southaven while Lafayette will have mighty West Point rolling into town.
Laurel 21, #6 Petal 14
Let’s be real, it is hard to win Between the Bricks. The Golden Tornadoes just reinforced that and pulled of a Top 10 upset.
Petal dug themselves in a hole early with a 14-0 deficit early in the second quarter and going into the locker room. The Panthers struck back, thanks to a big 79-yard score by Micah McGowan and Nate Jones. Laurel would proceed to cap off an impressive 16-play drive with a touchdown from Kiron Benjamin. That proved to be the difference as Laurel held firm near their own red zone on defense to finish the night.
The Panthers will host Pearl coming out of their bye week this week while Laurel will host South Jones after their bye week.
#7 Starkville 35, #10 Louisville 7
In our other Top-10 matchup, the home team proved to be too much again.
Luke Altmyer had himself a nice bounce-back performance with three touchdown passes. The Yellowjackets suffocated their opponent’s offense full of talented players. Louisville’s only score came from Michael Foster late in the first half. Starkville had to pull away late to make things more comfortable and eventually they did to get back to 2-2 on the year.
Starkville doesn’t get to rest next week as they will face Meridian after going through the most brutal state of games perhaps in the entire state. Louisville will also be active this week as they host Shannon.
#8 West Jones 31, Wayne County 10
As Michael Scott famously said in the The Office: “How the turntables”.
The Mustangs finally broke through and defeated their rivals in Wayne County for the first time since 2010. Even better, West Jones head coach Scott Pierson notched his 215th career win and ties former Vardaman head coach Mark Bray for the 26th on the MHSAA all-time wins list. Wayne County stayed with them until the final 12 minutes of the game, where Kentrell Pruitt and Tajrick Randolph put the game out of reach.
West Jones will enter their bye week this week 4-0 and will host Brookhaven. Wayne County will host Hattiesburg after their bye week this week.
#9 South Panola 57, Meridian 0
That final should say it all.
Behind the legs of Elite 10 member Janari Dean and the playmaking of Cam Wright, the Tigers steamrolled a struggling Wildcat squad. South Panola was up 21-0 after one quarter, and it would proceed to get more ugly as the game went on. Just ask our very own Johnathan Williams.
Meridian is off to a 1-3 start and it gets harder for them as they travel to Starkville. South Panola, on the other hand, is off to their best start since 2015 and will host Clarksdale this week. After this sample size, we’ll ask this: Is South Panola back?