Five Takeaways from Week 4

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Taylorsville big comeback

It was literally a tale of two halves for Taylorsville.

The Tartars were down 34-14 at halftime but would use a big second half behind the play of quarterback and Tulane commit Ty Keyes as Taylorsville would rally to a 56-42 win over Seminary in both teams season opener on Friday night in Seminary.

“We played the worst first half I’ve seen in a long time, but give Seminary credit they had a good game plan,” said Taylorsville coach Mitch Evans. “They did a lot to us we haven’t seen and our young kids got shell shocked.”

In the second half Ty Keyes would throw three touchdown passes and rush for two touchdowns to lead Taylorsville.

For the game Ty Keyes would finish with 342 yards passing with four touchdowns and rushed for 103 with two touchdowns

The go-ahead touchdown for Taylorsville came on the defensive side of the ball when defensive lineman Tyresee Keys picked up a fumble and scampered 47 yards to end zone to give the Tartars a 42-41 lead with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Wide receiver Tyrese Keyes had six catches for 116 yards with two touchdowns.

“We turned around and had the best second half I’ve been part of in a long time,” Evans said. “I’m proud of the kids for fighting in the second half and finding a way to win.”


Saints snap Irish winning streak

Greenville Christian did something that has never happened in school history. Beat rival Greenville St. Joseph.

They did just that as the Saints would get five touchdowns from quarterback Deandrea Smith to lead them to a 50-7 win over the Irish for the first time in school history and snapping Greenville St. Joe’s state best 27-game winning streak.

Smith, a transfer from Greenwood, would finish with 295 yards passing with four touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards with a score to lead the Saints (2-1).

Receiver Daishun Scott had two touchdown receptions and also an interception on defense for Greenville Christian.

Two-time defending Class 1A state champion Nanih Waiya now holds the state’s longest active winning streak at 16 games.


Newton snaps losing streak

Promising sophomore quarterback Tyreke Snow would total three touchdowns as Newton would hold off Leake Central 20-14 on Saturday night at Morgan Field to snap a 16-game losing streak.

The last time the Tigers won a game was on Sept. 7, 2018 against Choctaw Central.

Snow would have an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the go-ahead 22-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the third quarter for the Tigers.

Snow would also throw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Traxler with 30 seconds left in the second quarter to give Newton a 14-6 lead at halftime.

Snow would finish the game with 117 yards rushing and 93 yards passing.




After going 3-1 in Week 3 schools from the MAIS went 4-0 against schools from the MHSAA on Friday night.

Heritage Academy beat Caledonia 28-21; PCS beat Sumrall 27-21 in overtime; North Delta shutout Strayhorn 28-0 and Jackson Academy shutout NE Lauderdale 34-0.

There’s two games between the two associations this week as Central Holmes travels to J.Z. George and MRA host Philadelphia.


All-Star Games Coaches announced

The Mississippi Association of Coaches announced this past week the coaching staffs for the MS/AL All-Star Game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game.

South Delta head coach Derrick Hooker will be the Mississippi head coach for the MS/AL All-Star Game that will be played on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

The assistant coaches for this game are Starkville’s Chris Jones; Clinton Gatewood, Greenwood; Brad Embry, Water Valley; Tavares Johnson, Northside; Quintarius McCray, Greenville; Stephen Rice, Richton; Jermaine Dobbs, Yazoo County and Todd Breland, South Jones.

The Bernard Blackwell North-South All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 19. The site for the game is to be determined.

Oxford head coach Chris Cutcliffe will be the North head coach. The assistants are Wade Tackett of New Hope; Casey Orr, Kosciusko; Clint Hoots, Itawamba AHS; Ty Hardin, Tupelo; Calvin Bolton, Canton and Stan Robertson, Oxford.

Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady will be the South head coach. The assistants are Drew Causey, Oak Grove; Jay Beech, Poplarville; John Archie, Gulfport; Tim McNair, Crystal Springs; Ty Weems, Forest and Ben Justice, Bay Springs.