Five Takeaways from Week 2

Madison Central running back Duke Arnold. Photo by Chris Brooks

Madison Central wins battle of No. 1 vs No. 2

Jimmy Holiday was a one-man wrecking crew.

The TCU commit totaled four touchdowns as No. 1 Madison Central raced past No. 2 Brandon 28-14 in ‘The Jungle’ on Friday night.

“We played with a lot of heart and a lot of fight,” said Madison Central coach Anthony Hart. “It was a little slow early but we didn’t let that bother us. We just kept playing.”

Holiday started out hitting Logan Reed on a 31-yard touchdown pass to put the Jaguars up 7-0 one minute into the first quarter.

Brandon would then tie the game 7-7 on a Zailon Johnson 5-yard touchdown run with just under a minute to go in the first quarter.

The Jaguars would take the lead 14-7 on a Holiday 4-yard touchdown run with six minutes to go in the second quarter.

Madison Central extended its lead going up 21-7 with a minute to go in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Holiday.

After Brandon turned the ball over on downs, Holiday scampered to the end zone from 68 yards out to seal the win for Madison Central (2-0), putting the Jaguars up 28-7.

Richard O’Bryant had a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Brandon (1-1).

The Madison Central defense was huge the whole game, intercepting Brandon quarterback Will Rogers twice and holding him to 125 yards passing.

Holiday finished the night with 223 yards rushing with three touchdowns on 23 carries and was 6-9 passing for 74 yards with a touchdown.

This week both teams are on the road Madison Central travels to Northwest Rankin, while Brandon goes to Clinton.

Starkville claims Little Egg Bowl

The Yellowjackets bounced back in a big way.

Luke Altmyer tossed three touchdowns and No. 6 Starkville thumped previous No. 5 Oxford 45-17 to win the Little Egg Bowl for the sixth year in a row.

The Yellowjacket defense was the difference in the game, intercepting Oxford quarterback John Meagher three times and holding the Chargers to just 75 yards rushing along with just 246 yards of total offense and 11 first downs.

Starkville jumped out to a 24-0 lead but Oxford would score 17 unanswered points on a pair of 2-yard rushing touchdowns by J.J. Pegues and Meagher along with a Jack Tannehill 30-yard field goal.

A 35-yard touchdown pass from Altmyer to Orien Thompson extended the Starkville lead to 31-17, but the turning point was Starkville’s Rufus Harvey’s 52-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left in the game to seal it.

Altmyer finished the night 28-35 for 337 yards to lead the Yellowjacket offense.

Starkville’s Amariyon Howard had 103 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.

The Yellowjackets have another big test this week, traveling to defending 5A state champion West Point while Oxford (1-1) hosts Grenada.

Louisville bounces back

Louisville needed a bounce-back win in a big way, and they got it.

A defensive slugfest was the expectation but this was a shootout as Louisville quarterback Bryandrea Shumaker threw four touchdown passes to lift the Wildcats past defending 5A state champion West Point 38-28 on Friday night. The loss snapped the Green Wave’s 13-game winning streak.

Shumaker tossed three of those touchdowns to wideout Kaleb Mosley. They hooked up on the game’s first touchdown from 7 yards out.

West Point took its only lead of the game early in the third quarter on a Tae Gibbs 3-yard touchdown run.

Shumaker and Mosley connected for the second time from 44 yards out to give Louisville a 24-21 lead to answer the West Point touchdown.

The final touchdown pass came from 36 yards out with 5:21 left in the game to put the Wildcats up 38-28 to seal it.

Michael Foster had a three-yard touchdown run for Louisville following an interception.

West Point running back Brandon Harris led the Green Wave offense with 67 yards rushing with a touchdown and also passed for 108 yards with a touchdown.

The Green Wave (1-1) hosts No.4 Starkville this week, while Louisville (1-1) travels to Columbus.

Clinton stuns Olive Branch

Many thought Clinton was again in rebuild mode this season, a year away from competing.

That narrative changed as the Arrows went up to Pool Field and stunned previous No. 7 Olive Branch 13-7 on Friday night.

Carson Barefoot hit a 33-yard field goal to give Clinton an early 3-0 lead. That would be the only scoring of the first half.

Olive Branch took a 7-3 lead on its opening drive of the third quarter on an Eli Ashley 35-yard touchdown pass, but the Arrows would regain the lead at 10-7 on a Jeremy Mack 10-yard touchdown run.

Barefoot added a 29-field goal with a minute to go in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

With just over two minutes to go, Olive Branch had the ball at the Clinton 6-yard line but running back Preston Jeffries fumbled at the 1-yard line and the ball rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.

Both defenses played extremely well with Clinton finishing with only 191 yards of total offense and Olive Branch only managed 102 yards, including just 48 yards rushing.

This week Clinton (1-1) will face its third straight ranked team as they host No. 3 Brandon, while Olive Branch (0-1) hosts Haywood (Tenn.).

Streaks

With West Point losing to Louisville on Friday, there is a new team with the state’s longest active winning streak. This is the second week in a row that the state’s longest active winning streak was broken. West Point snapped Horn Lake’s 15-game winning streak in the season opener.

Greenville St. Joe (2-0) now has the state’s longest active winning streak at 13 games. The Irish are the MAIS two-time defending Class AA state champions and are ranked third in the MAIS Top 10 and No. 1 in Class 3A.

The last loss for the Irish came last year against Indianola Academy on August 24th.

Greenville St. Joe travels to Glenbrook (La.) on Friday night.