Five Takeaways from Week 3

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 Jefferson Davis County is for real

After slipping past Collins in its first home game of the season in Week 2 the Jaguars went back on the road and made a huge statement went.

The Jaguars would use the potent running game behind Malik Shorts, Lyric Hall, Jafharis McKines, and Ronald Baker to get past Wayne County 48-34.

In the first three weeks of the season the Jaguars (3-0) now have two wins over a Class 6A team (Harrison Central 25-10 in Week 1), rival Collins (22-20 in Week 2) and now Class 5A powerhouse in Wayne County.

Jefferson Davis County used control the clock mode on Friday night as part of the game plan. The Jaguars had the ball for 32 minutes and as a team rushed 61 times for 395 yards. Jags would also have 536 yards of total offense.

Lyric Hall would also pass for 156 yards for Jefferson Davis County.

Jaguars travel to the Gulf Coast for the second time this year on Friday night to face Class 4A contender East Central (2-0) in a contest that will be a battle of rushing attacks.

 

West Point once again on a mission

Another week another big win for West Point.

The Green Wave would use the ground attack and take advantage of turnovers to run past Golden Triangle rival Starkville 28-3 on Friday.

Mississippi State commit Marcus Murphy once again led the rushing attack with 163 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead West Point offensively. His touchdown runs came from 36, 33 and 14 yards out.

Chris Calvert added 127 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 40-yard touchdown run with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter to give the Green Wave a 28-3 lead.

West Point as a team rushed for 381 yards and had 427 yards of total offense.

The Green Wave defense would force four turnovers and only held a stout Starkville offense to just 137 yards of total offense.

West Point (3-0) is off this week before traveling to Noxubee County on Sept. 15.

 

Oak Grove on the rise

The Warriors are back.

Oak Grove would score 35 unanswered points and used a punishing rushing attack to run past Laurel 42-12 on Friday night and climbed up to No. 4 in the latest Mississippi Gridiron rankings.

As a team, the Warriors would rush for 308 yards and had six rushing touchdowns.

Orlando Simon would lead the ground game with 174 yards with a touchdown.

Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee tossed for 131 yards with an interception, but would rush for 66 yards with three touchdowns.

The Oak Grove defense would allow Laurel to get 287 yards of offense, including 94 yards passing.

The Warriors (3-0) make short trip along Hardy Street on Friday to face Pine Belt rival Hattiesburg (3-0) in a Top 10 showdown.

 

 

Another Losing streak snapped

Well in Week 2 two of the state’s longest active losing streaks were snapped when Brookhaven Academy snap its 23-game losing streak with win over Trinity Episcopal and Lanier had its 20-game losing streak go away with a win over Pass Christian.

Well the trend continued in Week 3 when St. Patrick saw its 23-game losing streak end with a 33-6 blowout win over Mount Olive.

Quarterback Carson Bishop had two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns to lead the Irish (1-1).

St. Patrick hosts Pope John Paul II out of Slidell (La.) on Friday.

 

MHSAA vs. MAIS

The two associations have played 16 games against each other through the first three weeks of the season and one of them is starting to separate itself.

After going 2-2 in Week 1 schools from the MAIS went 3-2 in Week 2 and went an astonishing 6-1 in Week 3. So for the year the MAIS is 11-6 against schools from the MHSAA.

In Week 3 Jackson Prep, Jackson Academy, Marshall Academy, Columbia Academy, Tunica Academy and Magnolia Heights were all the MAIS teams that won games against MHSAA teams. The only MHSAA team that won in Week 3 was Newton’s 44-20 win over Lamar School.

There’s three games in Week 4 between MAIS and MHSAA teams. NE Lauderdale faces Jackson Academy in a battle of a pair of 3-0 teams; Starkville Academy hosts East Webster and Greenville Christian faces Riverside.