Five Takeaways from Week 4

Hattiesburg running back Drexlan Allen. Photo by Zac Chamblee/601ImpactSports.

Hattiesburg rolls

Hattiesburg running back Drexlan Allen has been waiting on a breakout game early this season and it finally came in a big way this weekend.

Allen and quarterback Jarod Conner would lead second-ranked Hattiesburg to a 51-19 whipping of previously seventh-ranked Oak Grove on Friday night.

The Tigers (4-0) are off this week before opening Region 4-5A play at Gautier on Sept. 21.

Allen, who committed to Florida Atlantic on Saturday night, would rush for 150 yards on 15 carries with four touchdowns and also had 45 yards receiving with a touchdown.

Hattiesburg never trailed and rolled to a 23-7 halftime lead. They outscores Oak Grove 21-6 in the third quarter to pull away for a 44-13 lead.

Quarterback and Memphis commit Jarod Conner would go 19 of 28 passing for 247 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 102 yards with two touchdowns.

The Tigers would finish the game with 530 yards of total offense.


Brandon with a huge road win

Brandon used a stiff defense to get past previously sixth-ranked Tupelo 34-6 Friday night. It was Tupelo’s first home loss since Oct. 16, 2015 against South Panola

The Bulldogs held Tupelo to just 138 yards of total offense and forced three first half turnovers that were all turned into points, including Richard O’Bryant’s 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Quarterback Will Rogers would lead the Brandon offense with 163 yards passing with two touchdowns and also had a rushing touchdown.

The eighth-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) host rival and fifth-ranked Northwest Rankin (3-0) on Friday.


Streak snapped

Jim Hill saw its 22-game losing streak come to an end with a 28-18 win over JPS foe Wingfield on Thursday night at Hughes Field.

It was the Tigers first win since Sept. 9, 2016 against Lanier.

Jim Hill was up 21-6 entering the fourth quarter and would hold off a late Wingfield rally to seal it.

The Tiger defense held the Falcons to just 193 yards of total offense, had two sacks and forced one turnover.

Running back Xavier Mills had two touchdowns to lead the Jim Hill offense.

The Tigers (1-3) will face another JPS foe this week as they host Murrah (0-3) at Hughes Field Friday.


Homecoming hero

Ocean Springs placekicker Kaylee Foster will remember Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 for the rest of her life.

After being named homecoming queen, Foster was the hero as she hit two field goals and the game-winning extra point to lift Ocean Springs past George County 13-12 in overtime on Friday night.

Foster would hit field goals from 20 and 30 yards out in regulation.

Thrilling endings

There were several great games last week including these.

  • Oxford would convert a fourth down and long that would set up Jack Tannehill’s 27-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift the Chargers past rival and previously No. 10-ranked Lafayette 29-27 in the annual Crosstown Classic.
  • There was drama in Philadelphia. Neshoba Central’s Jarquez Hunter would score on a 7-yard touchdown run and then West Lauderdale’s Austin Davidson would hit Jason McKinney on a 9-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point was missed and Neshoba Central would come away with a 14-13 overtime win in a battle of unbeatens.
  • Gavin Moffett would throw three touchdown passes including the eventual game winner to Ethan Gunter from 52 yards out just over minute to go in the game as Clarkdale would rally pass Enterprise-Lincoln 28-22.
  • Brooks Brock would score on a 1-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift Lamar School over Heritage Academy 42-41 in a battle of two MAIS top 10 teams.
  • After SE Lauderdale blew an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Daquarius Ruffin redeemed the Tigers all by himself. Ruffin would score on a 10-yard touchdown run and would then force a fumble and teammate Chris Mosley recovered to lift SE Lauderdale past Newton County 34-28 in overtime.