Five Takeaways from Week 2 plus High School Notebook


Brandon opens new stadium with big time win

What a way to open a new stadium right?

The Bulldogs bounced back from its season opening loss to Madison Central by opening its brand new multi-million dollar stadium with a 37-6 blowout win over perennial powerhouse South Panola on Friday.

Brandon (1-1) basically dominated in all phases.

Sophomore quarterback Will Rogers went 12 f 19 for 116 yards with two touchdowns. His touchdown passes went to Bo Whatley and Matt Stowers.

Running back Javarious Spann had 109 yards rushing on 12 carries with a touchdown.

Up 17-0 midway through the second quarter the Bulldogs would block a punt in the end zone and Milton Bronson would fall on the ball for a touchdown to go up 23-0.

Brandon’s defense sacked South Panola quarterback and Tulane commit Patrick Shegog four times in the first half and intercepted him two times, one was taken back for a touchdown by Colby Cooper.

“It’s always good to get open a new stadium with a win especially in 6A,” said Brandon coach Tyler Peterson. “We played and looked really sharp Friday and we bounced back from a tough loss.”

Brandon travels to rival Clinton (1-1) on Friday.


West Point being West Point

Speaking of dominating through the first two games West Point have been on that level.

Through the first two games against Columbus and Louisville the Green Wave first-team defense have combined to give a total of 133 yards of offense, including just seven yards and no first downs in their 42-14 season opener win over Columbus.

In their 27-7 win over Louisville Friday night the West Point defense gave up just 126 yards of offense, including just 24 in the second half.

The Green Wave sacked Louisville quarterback Deontae Yarbrough three times, gave up just five first downs, intercepted two passes and made the Wildcats turn the ball over downs twice.

“Defense always play with a chip on their shoulder. They have the refuse to lose mentality,” said West Point coach Chris Chambless following the game. “They don’t want to give up an inch much less a yard.”

Another thing that has worked for West Point is the always potent running game led by Chris Calvert and Mississippi State commit Marcus Murphy.

In their season opener against Columbus Calvert rushed for 130 yards with three touchdowns, while Murphy rushed for 74 yards with a touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass.

Against Louisville Murphy led the way with 172 yards rushing with two touchdowns, while Calvert had just 19 yards rushing with a touchdown.

“My opinion we are the best backfield duo in the state with me and Chris,” Murphy said. “When we get down we pick each other up and bounce back.”

West Point (2-0) hosts rival Starkville (2-0) on Friday.



Hattiesburg claims Little Brown Jug in dramatic fashion

It came down to the final play of the game.

And it was a player that just came out for football a week ago.

Dexter Jordan, who’s a Louisiana-Lafayette baseball commit, intercepted a Xavier Evans pass in the end zone to give Hattiesburg a 20-14 win over rival Laurel to claim the Little Brown Jog for the fourth straight year.

“On the last play, I read the quarterback the whole time,” Jordan said. “They were trying to get something over the middle and I dropped back into coverage and ball went right into my hands.”

With the game tied at 14 with just Hattiesburg quarterback Jarod Conner scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper to give the Tigers a 20-14 lead with 6:39 left.

Conner would finish the night 12 of 24 passing for 137 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 96 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns to lead Hattiesburg.

The drama happened when Laurel got the ball back with 1:46 left at their own 20. On the first play the Golden Tornadoes ran a reverse to Juan Nelson who scampered 50 yards to the Hattiesburg 30-yard line. On a fourth down play from the Hattiesburg 21-yard line Xavier completed a pass to Kobie Ulmer at the Tiger 18 and pass interference penalty got the ball to the Hattiesburg 11. After an incomplete pass in the end zone on first down, the second down play Evans took the snap and ran to his left and threw it right to Jordan who was standing in the end zone waiting.



Oak Grove looks to be back on track

The Warriors have been nothing short of dominating after the first two weeks of the season.

In its home opener, Oak Grove dominated Class 5A powerhouse Wayne County 42-3 this past Friday night.

Warrior junior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee led the way by going 11-of-13 passing for 214 yards with four touchdowns and had 67 yards rushing on nine carries with two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Kevin Barnett had 78 yards receiving on five catches with three touchdowns.

Oak Grove’s defense also made an impression by only allowing the War Eagles to get just 44 yards of total offense and gave up just a field goal in the second quarter.

The Warrior defense hasn’t given up a touchdown through the first two games of the season.

Oak Grove (2-0) hosts Laurel (1-1) on Friday.


Double Overtimes Highlight Week 2

Three games across the state had to go to double overtime to find out a winner.

Starkville’s K.J. Lawrence would score on an 8-yard touchdown run and the Yellowjacket defense would force Oxford quarterback John Reece McClure to throw an incomplete pass in the zone to secure a 28-21 win to claim the Little Egg Bowl for the third year in a row.

After the defense made a fourth down stop on the first possession of double overtime Magee’s Chandler Pittman scored from 2 yards out to give the Trojans a 36-30 win over North Forrest.

After Gautier’s Kyle Gager missed a 30-yard field goal on the first possession of double overtime, Moss Point’s Austin Herrera made a 27-yard field goal that bounced over the crossbar to give the Tigers a 30-27 win over rival Gautier.




Losing Streaks Snapped

Two of the state’s longest active losing streaks were snapped on Friday night.

Brookhaven Academy snapped the longest active losing streak at 23 games with a 41-40 dramatic win over Trinity Episcopal. It was the Cougars first win since October 3, 2014 over Simpson Academy.

Lanier saw its 20-game losing come to an end with a 26-21 win over Pass Christian. The last time the Bulldogs won was Sept. 18, 2015 over Wingfield.

St. Patrick now holds the states active losing streak at 23 games. McLaurin and Montgomery County have the second longest active losing streaks at 14 games.



After the two associations split four matchups in the first week of the season, the MAIS won three of the five matchups against MHSAA teams in Week 2.

The three MAIS teams that won were Starkville Academy’s 38-7 win over French Camp; North Delta defeated Montgomery County 46-6 and Winona Christian ran past Ethel 52-20.

The two MHSAA teams that won were Madison St. Joe’s 24-21 over Tri-County Academy and Pelahatchie’s 44-14 win over Hartfield Academy.

There are seven games in Week 3 between MHSAA and MAIS schools.