Hattiesburg makes a big statement
The Tigers needed to make an early season statement.
Well, they did.
Quarterback Jarod Conner was a one-man wrecking crew and the Hattiesburg defense forced two turnovers as the Tigers got past Laurel 41-20 to claim the Little Brown Jug for the fifth year in a row.
The fifth win in a row in the Battle for the Little Brown Jug ties the longest winning streak for Hattiesburg.
The game was a back and forth for much of it, with each team grabbing momentum. But Hattiesburg grabbed it late to take the win.
The Tornadoes scored first on a Sinclair Ulmer 22-yard touchdown run on a keeper with 2:58 left in the first quarter.
But Hattiesburg answered every Laurel score including a 16-yard touchdown run from Conner with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
Conner, a Memphis commit, would rush for 246 yards on 33 carries with four touchdowns. He also went 9-18 passing for 98 yards.
Running back Drexlan Allen added 69 yards rushing with a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The No. 2-ranked Tigers (2-0) travel to Moss Point on Friday.
West Point answers the bell
West Point used a dominant defense and fierce rushing attack as the No. 3-ranked Green Wave ran past Louisville 26-10 in what was one of two Top 10 match-ups around the state.
The West Point defense forced three turnovers, had five quarterback sacks and a safety in the fourth quarter. They made a big fourth down stop in the second quarter at their own 36-yard line to stop any momentum for Louisville.
Running back Brandon Harris had a 23-yard touchdown pass to Treddis Anderson, while Dantariyus Cannon and Kam Martin each had a rushing touchdown for the Green Wave.
The win sets up a huge matchup on Friday night as West Point (2-0) makes the short trip to top-ranked Starkville (2-0).
D’Iberville turning heads
The Warriors made a statement Friday night with a 49-33 shootout win over Picayune, who came into the game as the No. 4 ranked team in 5A.
In the season opener D’Iberville ran past Tylertown, who is a 3A title contender, 42-22.
Quarterback Jaden Walley was a one-man wrecking crew, passing for 193 yards with two touchdowns and also rushing for 101 yards with three touchdowns.
Running back Marquis Whitley also had a big game, rushing for 102 yards with two touchdowns on 11 carries.
D’Iberville (2-0) made its debut in the rankings this week at No. 10 in Class 6A and will welcome No. 10 Madison Central (1-1) on Friday.
Bay Springs makes a statement in 2A
The Bulldogs made a huge case as a title contender in 2A with a 38-14 road win over Philadelphia.
Each team returned their opening kickoffs back for touchdowns, but it was all Bay Springs after that.
Running back Jamarius Hosey had 161 yards rushing on 18 carries with two touchdowns to lead the Bulldog rushing attack.
Hosey had a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Bay Springs up 24-8. His 6-yard run in the third quarter sealed it.
Anson Windham had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, while quarterback Adrian Cole threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Dallen Jones to give Bay Springs the lead in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (2-0), ranked No. 5 in the Little 10 and No. 2 in 2A, travel to Morton (0-2) on Friday.
Week 2 had its fair share of nail-biters. Here are the games with crazy endings.
- Pearl took advantage of a bad snap on a punt by Warren Central with a under a minute to go in their game. Kenyatta Harrell scored on 4-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left to give the Pirates a 17-14 victory.
- After a big comeback in the season opener, Tupelo overcame a 16-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and rallied to beat Corinth 35-29 in overtime. Jaquerrious Williams rushed for 234 yards and scored all five Golden Wave touchdowns.
- Down by six with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Natchez scored and converted a field goal to get past Jefferson County 33-32.
- Down 20-17, Ripley’s Trey Blanchard scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds to give the Tigers a 24-20 win over Kossuth.
- George County blocked a punt and Aaron Award returned it 62 yards for a touchdown with 2:32 left in the game. They added a late safety to get past rival Greene County 11-7.
- It was a back and forth affair, but Itawamba AHS scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to get past New Albany 43-37.
- There wasn’t a crazy scenario in this one but Myrtle got its first ever varsity win in football with a 38-26 win over H.W. Byers.