Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 6 Edition
For the current members of the SES Mississippi Top 10, the real season has just begun.
Everything from here on out counts, regardless of record prior to this past Friday. All members of Class 5A and 6A opened up region play. After it was all said and done, we had some interesting things happen and had a taste of what could come down the road. Let’s get straight to the roundup.
#1 Madison Central 21, Clinton 15
The Arrows never make this easy, do they?
They continue to stay competitive against top notch competition. Unfortunately they couldn’t pull off the upset against our No. 1 ranked team.
Clinton was in a hole early as they fumbled on their first offensive play and the ball was scooped up by Nick Carter for a Jaguar TD right off the bat. Elite 10 member Jimmy Holiday also ran and threw a touchdown to give his team a slight cushion. It wasn’t always comfortable, but Madison Central just made more big plays to get the job done.
Madison Central remains unbeaten at 5-0 and more importantly, 1-0 in 6A Region 2.
They will travel to Murrah next week while Clinton will travel to Batesville to face South Panola.
#9 Petal 38, #2 Pearl 37
A absolute classic battle results in perhaps the biggest victory for the Panthers in recent years.
Petal came out of the gates on fire and gave themselves a 28-13 lead going into the locker room. Then Carleontaye Spires happened. Spires near single handedly put the Pirates back in the game and later forced overtime with the game knotted at 31. The Panthers struck first in the extra period and Pearl responded in kind. However, head coaches like John Perry want to win and win immediately. The Pirates went for the two point conversion following the score and failed.
Pearl will look to rebound against a struggling Meridian team next week at home. Petal will travel to Oak Grove.
#3 West Point 28, Lafayette 24
Who would’ve thunk outside of the West Point sideline that the Green Wave would overcome a 17-point second half deficit? The players believed, and they prevailed at the end of the night.
Lafayette came to play. Randy Anderson his heart out and made plays to give the Commodores a 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter. It was at that point that West Point did what championship caliber teams do, they found a way. A pair of TDs from Dantaryius Cannon and a Jimothy Mays score put the Green Wave up with 3:19 left in the game. Lafayette responded with some big plays and opponent penalties en route to the West Point red zone down by two scores. Anderson was sacked at the 10 yard line with no timeouts. Too. Much. Point.
The Green Wave will host Saltillo while the Commodores will travel to Grenada next week.
#4 Brandon 49, Terry 21
Nothing much to say here other than being business as usual for the Bulldogs and that offense.
The Bulldogs, the Terry Bulldogs, did the best they could to stay in it, at least in the first half, but there was too much firepower on the other sideline. Elite 10 member Will Rogers did his thing and his team did the rest to start off region play 1-0.
Brandon will host George County next week, a team that had a big 6A win of their own this past Friday over Oak Grove.
#5 Starkville 24, #7 South Panola 20
For those who are still asking if South Panola is back, that answer is… we’re not exactly sure just yet.
The Tigers went toe-to-toe with a much battle-tested Starkville team and fell just short, giving them their first loss of the season. They looked as if they could pull it off early with a 12-0 lead, but that Starkville front seven eventually wore their O-Line out and the floodgates were opened. Rufus Harvey had two TDs, one on the ground and the other from quarterback Luke Altmyer.
Starkville will host Germantown next week while South Panola, as mentioned earlier, will host Clinton at Robert H. Dunlap Stadium.
#6 Oxford 45, Southaven 8
Elite 10 member J.J. Pegues gets a lot of attention, and rightfully so. However, the same could be said about quarterback John Meagher the way he’s been playing as of late.
Meagher led the way for Oxford with five touchdowns accounted for, two on the ground and three through the air to three different receivers. Oxford’s defense did the rest with another dominant performance. It wasn’t very pretty with flags thrown left and right, but a victory in 6A region play will always be taken however one can get it.
The Chargers will shorten their normal routine next week as they will travel to Lewisburg on Thursday.
#8 West Jones 44, Brookhaven 7
The Mustangs are still undefeated, and still as dominant as they have been the past few weeks.
Alan Follis had himself a game with three touchdown passes, two of which went to Tajrick Randolph. Jasper Jones had a few scores himself as West Jones took care of business to start region play.
West Jones will make a short, in-county trip to Ellisville next week to face off against the South Jones Braves.
#10 Picayune 35, East Central 14
Welcome to region play in 5A, Hornets.
Unfortunately for them, they ran into a white hot Maroon Tide team that just so happened to have Cam Thomas running the football. Thomas ran for a few TDs and quarterback Jakail Myers had a few TDs as well running and passing. Picayune scored 35 unanswered points after trailing 7-0 early and got a much needed region win.
Picayune will host the Gautier Gators next week.