Five Takeaways from Week 3

West Point running back Brandon Harris. Photo by Chris Brooks.

West Point responds

After Louisville was able to throw the ball around on West Point in Week 2 many thought Starkville would do the same.

Well the Green Wave proved a lot of people wrong as they were to run all over but held on to beat the previously fourth-ranked Yellowjackets 41-35 on Friday night at Hamblin McAlister Stadium.

Starkville would jump out to a 14-0 lead with just over five minutes left in the first quarter, but after that West Point would score 28 unanswered points to take a 28-14 lead at halftime.

The Green Wave would then score two more touchdowns in the quarter to push the lead out to 41-14.

But then Starkville turned to backup quarterback NyJal Johnson would toss for 154 yards with three touchdowns in the final 14 minutes of the game to cut the West Point lead down to six at 41-35.

Like always West Point leaned on the potent ground game as they had a total of 337 yards rushing. Starkville had 3 yards rushing for the entire game.

Brandon Harris led the Green Wave rushing attack with 156 yards on 27 carries with four touchdowns. Harris also had a 17-yard touchdown pass to Gray Berry in the third quarterback.

Dantariyus Cannon had 136 yards rushing on 20 carries for West Point and also threw a touchdown pass from 26 yards out to T.J. Anderson with six seconds left in the first quarter.

Luke Altmyer did toss for 182 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before getting replaced by Johnson in the third quarter.

The last time Starkville started the season 1-2 was in 2013 with losses to West Point and Oxford.

The now ninth-ranked Green Wave (2-1) will host Tupelo on Friday, while No. 10-ranked Starkville will host Louisville.

Overtime Galore

The theme of this past Friday night was overtime and there was plenty of them.

  • Juawon Taylor would haul in a 10-yard touchdown pass from JaCobian Morgan and Canton would get an interception on second down to defeat Germantown 21-14 in overtime.
  • Keondre Davis scored on a 5-yard touchdown, Ellis Fair scored on the two-point conversion, but Hazlehurst would score but miss the two-point conversion to tie game and Crystal Springs would come away with a 44-42 win in an overtime thriller.
  • John Micheal Foster found Deidrick Orange on a 10-yard touchdown and the Senatobia would stop Lake Cormorant on fourth down as the Warriors held on to beat the Gators 35-28 in double overtime.
  • Charlie Lott would score on a 6-yard touchdown run and C.J. Hill would score the game-winning two-point conversion to lift New Albany past Pontotoc 43-42 in an overtime thriller.
  • Laurel would score on an untimed down in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard pass from Xavier Evans to Kanarius Johnson to tie the game at 14 and send it to overtime. Both teams would miss field goals in the first overtime, but in the second OT Laurel would score first on a 10-yard touchdown pass by Evans but the extra point was missed. Wayne County’s Shadamien Williamson would score on a 3-yard touchdown run and Nathan Busby would hit the game winning extra point to lift Wayne County over Laurel 21-20.

Thrilling Endings

Not only were there overtime thrillers, but there were also some thrilling endings in regulation time.

  • As time expired Dawson Laird would find Dalton Johnson on a hail mary from 32 yards out to lift McLaurin past Sebastopol 29-28.
  • Shane Wingate would score on a 6-yard touchdown run and then would hit Bradley Watkins on the two-point conversion with 43 seconds and Richland would hold on and beat Madison St. Joe 22-21.
  • Noah Sisk would connect on a 26-yard field goal with 1:59 left in the game to lift Booneville over Ripley 27-26.
  • With Hatley threatening to take the lead Nettleton’s Dedrick Johnson would come up with an interception in the final two minutes of the game to lift the Tigers to a 14-10 win.
  • After Purvis would storm back and take a 36-31 lead with 2:25 left in the game, Pass Christian’s Dustin Allison would score on a 5-yard run with 25 seconds left to lift the Pirates over the Tornadoes 39-36.
  • Dawson Kotsakos would connect on a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift Bay High past Forrest Co. AHS 17-14.

Another 1 vs. 2 matchup

Well this is a rare occasion.

For the second time in three weeks there will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup this Friday night as second-ranked Pearl heads up to “The Jungle” to face top-ranked Madison Central.

The first matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 was back in Week 2 when Madison Central defeated Brandon 28-14 in a game where Jimmy Holiday rushed for 223 yards with three touchdowns and also had a passing touchdown.


Right now, schools from the MAIS have bragging rights.

MAIS holds an 11-3 edge over schools from the MHSAA through the first three weeks of the season.

This week there are four matchups between to the associations: Caledonia at Heritage Academy; Jackson Academy at NE Lauderdale; North Delta at Strayhorn and Sumrall at PCS.