Five Takeaways from Week 3

Photo by Keith Warren/MHSAA.

Starkville makes another big statement

It’s another week and another big win for the Yellowjackets.

Starkville really proved why they’re ranked No. 1 with a 23-7 win over then No. 3 West Point on Friday night to snap the Green Wave’s 30-game winning streak. Starkville was the last team to beat West Point back in 2016.

West Point was leading 7-6 at halftime but the Jackets would get the ball to start the third quarter and marched 83 yards in a minute and 40 seconds, capped off by a Rodrigues Clark 39-yard touchdown run to give Starkville the lead for good at 13-7.

Clark had 154 yards rushing on 24 carries with three touchdowns to the lead Starkville offense.

The Starkville defense did recover two fumbles and sacked West Point quarterback Jake Chambless twice.

Yellowjackets (3-0) will have another rivalry game on Friday as they travel to Columbus (0-2).

Northwest Rankin with a huge win

The Cougars passed their first test of the year.

With a huge second half, Northwest Rankin raced past cross-county rival Pearl 42-0 on Friday to snap the Pirates’ 18-game winning streak.

The Cougars were up 7-0 at the half thanks to a P.J. Lindsey 28-yard touchdown run and would then score 35 unanswered points in the second half to pull away.

Running back Dee Baker would lead the rushing attack with 127 yards rushing on nine carries with two touchdowns. Lindsey had 118 yards rushing on 19 carries with a touchdown.

Quarterback Jamari Jones would also have a rushing touchdown and passed for 81 yards. He connected with Jarrian Jones on a 55-yard touchdown pass. Jones also had an interception.

Northwest Rankin (3-0) is off this week before making the short drive down Highway 471 to face rival Brandon on Sept. 14.

Clinton gets a key road win again

For the second time in three weeks the Arrows went on the road and made a statement.

Clinton would force six turnovers, including a blocked punt that led to a field goal, to edge past Brandon 19-14 on Friday night.

The Arrow defense would intercept three passes and force two fumbles.

Quarterback Hunter Hulsey would have two touchdown passes to lead Clinton offensively. The eventual game-winning touchdown pass went to Desmyn Baker with 3:54 left in the game.

The Arrows (3-0) made their debut in the Top 10 rankings at No. 9 this week and will face Germantown (1-2) on Friday at home.

Mendenhall claims third straight Simpson County Super Bowl

The Tigers claimed bragging rights for the third year in a row with a 46-18 whipping of rival Magee in the 95th annual Simpson County Super Bowl.

With the game tied at 18 at halftime, Magee would have four turnovers in the third quarter. Mendenhall would score 28 points off those turnovers.

Quarterback Christian Allen would go 7 of 14 passing for 74 yards with a touchdown and would rush 13 times for 155 yards with four touchdowns to lead the Tiger offense.

Junkevious Mack and Zadarious Ducksworth each had a rushing touchdown for Mendenhall. The Tigers had 329 total rushing yards.

Mendenhall (3-0), ranked No. 9 in Class 4A, has a bye week this week before traveling to Purvis on Sept. 14.

MHSAA vs. MAIS

Schools from the MAIS have found a lot of success against MHSAA schools through the first three weeks of the season.

MAIS schools are 10-4 overall in those matchups.

There are four games this week between schools from the MAIS and MHSAA highlighted by a battle of unbeaten teams when Jackson Academy (3-0) travels to NE Lauderdale (3-0) on Friday. The other MAIS-MHSAA matchups this week are North Delta at Coldwater, Riverside at Greenville Christian and Starkville Academy at East Webster.