Five Takeaways From Week 1

Hattiesburg quarterback Jarod Conner. Photo courtesy of Zac Chamblee/601ImpactSports

 Starkville makes epic statement

The Chris Jones era has started off with a bang for the Yellowjackets.

Starkville would use big second and third quarters along with a very aggressive defense to race past Noxubee County 43-3 in the season opener for both teams.

After the game was tied at 3 at the end of the first quarter the Yellowjackets would score 20 points a-piece in the second and third quarters to pull away from the Tigers.

Starkville would use a stellar rushing attack that would gather up 244 yards of offense. Running backs Rodriques Clark would lead that attack rushing for 124 yards on 16 carries and scored on touchdown runs from 30 and 53 yards out.

Quarterback Malik Brown went 9 of 17 passing for 143 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed for 52 yards.

Starkville’s defense would hold Noxubee County to just 211 yards of total offense, including just 37 yards rushing.

The Yellowjackets also had two interceptions, including Corbin Grantham’s pick six from 20 yards out in the third quarter.

Starkville (1-0) hosts Oxford (1-0) this Friday in the Little Egg Bowl.


Tupelo, Madison Central get huge season opening home wins

Tupelo and Madison Central each had several question marks heading in their season openers this past Friday night.

Those questions, for the most part, were answered.

Golden Wave would turn the ball over four times, but the defense would lead the way along with running back Jaquerrious Williams to help Tupelo get past Meridian 34-25.

The defense would force four turnovers including three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Running back Jaquerrious Williams would rush for 130 yards on 17 rushes and would score two touchdowns to lead Tupelo offensively.

The Golden Wave (1-0) travels to Corinth (0-1) on Friday.

Madison Central would use its defense to win a defensive battle in The Jungle over rival Brandon 10-3.

The Jaguars would only allow Brandon to get 151 yards of total offense, including just 20 yards rushing.

Madison Central’s only touchdown came on a J.D. Hull 3-yard touchdown run. Hull led the Jaguar offense passing for 67 yards and rushing for 55 yards.

Jaguars (1-0) travels to the Coast Friday to face Ocean Springs (0-1).


Clinton’s QB situation

The Clinton two-quarterback situation is going to work.

With the addition of MRA transfer Hunter Hulsey the Arrows will use a two-quarterback system along with Walker Burchfield and it nearly worked as Clinton came up just a bit short Thursday night in a 24-23 lost to South Panola.

In his Clinton debut Hulsey would pass for 263 yards with a touchdown. Hulsey started the game and was mainly used in passing situations. When Clinton got the ball back with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter and down a point Hulsey would lead the Arrows down to the South Panola 38-yard line, but the Tucker Barefoot game-winning potential 55-yard field goal came up short.

Burchfield, whose 6-1 215 pounds, was used in run situations and would rushed for 44 yards and score two touchdowns.


Conner shines in debut with Hattiesburg

Speaking of quarterbacks, Jarod Conner shined in his debut as the new starting quarterback for Hattiesburg in the Tigers 43-37 shootout win over Petal on Saturday night.

“He did a great job managing the game,” said Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance. “The biggest thing is he didn’t turn the ball over and in a first ever start in a high school game is huge.”

Conner went 11 of 25 passing for 155 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 92 yards and a score.

“I wasn’t nervous at all coming in. I knew if we as a team could take of the ball we would be fine and we did,” Conner said following the game Saturday. “I’ve learned a lot from Julian especially throwing, but I can run so it’s going to be difficult to game plan for me and our offense.”


Newton gets revenge in a big way

Ryan Smith and his Newton Tigers waited nine long months to try to get pay back to Madison St. Joseph.

Well, they did.

Behind quarterback Tre Hillie the Tigers got their revenge by blowing past the Bruins 68-15 at Madison Central’s Jaguar Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The game was moved to Madison Central from St. Joe due to poor field conditions.

Madison St. Joe defeated Newton 20-16 in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs last year to end the Tigers season.

Hillie would pass for four touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Newton offensively. The Tigers would have 560 yards of total offense for the game.

Defensively, Newton would only allow St. Joe to get 186 yards of total and had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Jaquan Roberts.