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Rowdy's Top 10 Roundup: Week 7 Edition


Oxford quarterback John Meagher warms up, throwing the football in pregame. Photo courtesy of Hannah Newbold.

If there’s anything that this week of football has shown us, it’s that these members of the Top 10 are just downright scary to deal with. Homecoming seems to be a theme around this time of year too, apparently.


The Top 10 ended the night with a perfect 10-0 record and were pretty convincing in the process, with the exception of a few games. Some had to battle really, really late in the evening due to weather. It’s about time we get a little rain.


Let’s hop right into the Top 10 results.


#1 Madison Central 24, Murrah 0


In a somewhat shocking twist, Jimmy Holiday didn’t put any points on the board. His team picked him up.


Javarius Jordan and Duke Arnold accounted for all three of the Jaguars’ touchdowns. Matthew Huerkemp added three points for good measure. Overall, easy night with an easy victory for Madison Central and they are 6-0.


The Jaguars host Warren Central next week. These game between these two teams never fail to disappoint.


#2 West Point 34, Saltillo 7


Death, taxes, West Point winning region games.


The Green Wave had little problems putting the Tigers to bed with an overall balanced effort across the board. Brandon Harris threw a TD pass to Alex Harper to draw first blood. Tae Gibbs, Jimothy Mays, Dantaryius Cannon and Chris Ivy scored touchdowns while their defense did the rest. Very nice way to honor a fallen teammate in Gray Berry, who is out for the season with an ACL tear.


The Green Wave will trek to DeSoto County to take on Lake Cormorant. Will they win their 28th region game in a row?


#3 Pearl 62, Meridian 0


Mercy.


Guess Pearl wasn’t very happy about losing their region opener last week. They took it all out on a struggling Wildcats squad.


Another game with Kenyatta Harrell not being a factor didn’t change things one bit. Gunnar Davis had a few touchdown passes to Tre Davis. Jaquavien Shoto and Corvin Johnson each had a score. Even the big guy at linebacker got to cash in off of his fumble recovery near the goal line with a rushing score. That defense just did what they were capable of doing, it worked pretty well. The ship sails on.


The Pirates travel to Terry next week.


#4 Brandon 29, George County 6


Things were looking up for the Rebels after their big region opening win last week against Oak Grove and even this game for a little bit. Unfortunately Brandon just has too much firepower to deal with all at once.


Scoring 29 points against George County is tougher than it looks. The fact that Will Rogers and his weapons were able to put points on the board was impressive in of itself. At the end of the night, the Bulldogs are 2-0 in 6A Region 3.


Traveling to Petal next week won’t be very easy either.


#5 Starkville 27, Germantown 0


’Twas a successful homecoming night in the Hive.


The Yellowjackets took care of business and are sitting pretty after a 2-0 6A Region 2 start and their 27-0 victory over 6A newcomer Germantown. Luke Altmyer threw a few touchdown passes to Rufus Harvey and the homecoming king himself, Joshua Aka. Jatavious Lucious had himself a score as well. Defensively, the goose egg speaks for itself.


Look for Starkville to try to do much of the same next week when they travel to the Delta to face Greenville. Remember the last time these two teams played? Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.


#6 Oxford 21, Lewisburg 3


Let this game serve as a reminder that any team can be beaten at anytime, especially in Class 6A. Fortunately for Oxford, they were able to escape such fate.


The Chargers overcame four turnovers and being ran on for a portion of the game. That defense bended, but it didn’t break very often. After a field goal from Tanner Gillis to give the Patiots a 3-0 lead at halftime, Chris Cutcliffe went to a gadget, the surprise onside kick. Oxford recovered and scored 21 unanswered points to win.


Look for a much more improved Oxford team against DeSoto Central next week.


#7 West Jones vs. South Jones (POSTPONED)


These two teams were among those unfortunate victims of mother nature showing her wrath to us. They will look to pick up where they left off on Saturday at 11:00am. This recap will be included at the conclusion of the game.


#8 Petal 21, Oak Grove 7


It took 4 hours and 19 minutes to complete this contest due to a weather delay. However it was done, Petal will always take a win. They had a pretty good one too.

The Panthers pulled away in the second half to knock off the Warriors and put the team in a nice position at 2-0 in 6A Region 3. Oak Grove had a few chances, but couldn’t capitalize. Bedtime was calling a lot of people in the second half, probably.


Petal should have their hands full next week against Brandon, but we should see a pretty good ball game.


#9 South Panola 21, Clinton 14


Clinton is without a doubt the best 2-4 team in the state. They’ve hung tough with the best teams this state has to offer while being outmanned and outmatched most of the time. Unfortunately, they just can’t finish the job.


The Tigers had to get creative after losing Dean for a little while due to injury. They found their guys in Nate Harris and Martez Clark to move the football on the ground. They were stunned early as E. Jai Mason found the end zone via Caleb Miller to give Clinton a 7-0 lead. Then, adjustments were made. The Tigers scored 21 unanswered. The Arrows had an opportunity late to tie it after a turnover, but couldn’t deliver. The Tigers are now 6-1.


South Panola will make a long road trip next week to Madison to take on Germantown.


#10 Picayune 55, Gautier 0


The Tide is still rolling. So far, no one has been able to stop it.


The Gators just couldn’t chase around Picayune for 48 minutes. They couldn’t score of them either, obviously. Cam Thomas and Austin Samples had a few touchdowns on the ground between the two of them while the younger guys cleaned the field up. Oh yeah, another homecoming queen was announced too.


Picayune will travel to Hattiesburg next week.

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