Brandon wins Top 10 Showdown
There was only one top 10 matchup between ranked teams in Week 5 and Brandon made the most of it.
Behind a very balanced offense and a stingy defense the Bulldogs whipped cross county rival Northwest Rankin 34-13 on Friday night.
“We played a really explosive offense, so we weren’t going to shut them out but had to limit them and I thought we did that,” said Brandon coach Tyler Peterson. “We were so balanced on offense it was able to open a lot of things up.”
The Bulldogs could do what they wanted on offense totaling 299 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Will Rogers lead the Brandon offense going 18 of 24 passing for 180 yards with two touchdowns.
His two scores went to Ladarius Moore from 42 yards out and to Jonathan Mingo from seven yards. The Mingo touchdown came off a turnover when linebacker Dakara Shoto intercepted a pass on the first play of the third quarter.
Running back Dallas Smith had 29 rushes for 117 yards with three touchdowns to lead the Bulldog rushing attack. He had a 31-yard touchdown run for the games for score with 7:22 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown came from two yards out with 1:32 left in the second quarter to give Brandon a 21-0 lead.
The last score came from 20 yards out with 6:26 left in the game to seal it for the Bulldogs.
The Brandon defense held the potent Northwest Rankin rushing attack to 108 yards rushing and intercepted Cougar quarterback Jamari Jones three times, all in the second half.
Dee Baker had two rushing touchdowns to lead Northwest Rankin. Jones had 165 yards passing for the Cougars.
Both teams open division play on Friday as Brandon (4-1) hosts Terry (3-1) for homecoming, while Northwest Rankin (3-1) travels to Warren Central (1-2).
Taylorsville wins battle of unbeatens
Big players come up big in big games and Taylorsville quarterback Ty Keyes did just that.
Behind Keyes the Tartars got past Columbia 20-13 in a battle of undefeated teams.
Keyes would go 11 of 17 passing for 244 yards with three touchdowns to lead Taylorsville (5-0).
The Tartars had two receivers reach the 100-yard mark in the contest.
Raven Arrington had three catches for 102 yards with two touchdowns, while Jalon Clark had eight receptions for 100 yards with a touchdown.
The Tartars host Perry Central on Friday before opening district play next week.
Corinth wins shootout
The Corinth rushing attack was on point on Friday night.
The Warriors rushed for 483 yards as Corinth held off Itawamba AHS 45-42 in a shootout of two teams ranked in Class 4A.
Running back Tam Patterson led the ground attack with 207 yards on 25 carries and had a 93-yard touchdown run.
Zach Patterson had a 28-yard touchdown run, 65-yard touchdown reception and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. The punt return gave Corinth a 21-0 lead.
Corinth quarterback D.T. Sheffield had 182 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Itawamba AHS quarterback Jaxon Orr also had a big night passing for 383 yards with five touchdowns.
Both teams have one more non-division game this week for opening region play next week. Corinth (4-1) hosts Kossuth, while Itawamba AHS (3-2) travels to Aberdeen.
This week will make the halfway point of the regular season (already) and there are 33 teams that are unbeatens.
For MHSAA schools in Class 6A Clinton, Horn Lake and Starkville are the only undefeated teams.
Class 5A has Hattiesburg, Neshoba Central and Olive Branch without a loss.
In Class 4A its East Central, Mendenhall and Sumrall.
Class 3A is tied with the most unbeaten teams with five with Booneville, North Pontotoc, Water Valley, West Marion and Winona.
Class 2A has Puckett, Scott Central and Taylorsville.
Class 1A is with the most with five undefeated teams in Biggersville, Lumberton, Nanih Waiya, Ray Brooks and Simmons.
For MAIS schools in Class AAAA its Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, MRA and Oak Forest (La.).
In Class AAA there is Adams Christian, Central Hinds and Starkville Academy.
Carroll Academy is the only unbeaten team in Class AA and Tunica Academy is the only undefeated team in Class A.
Manchester Academy and Tallulah (La.) are the lone unbeatens in 8-Man.
MHSAA vs. MAIS
MAIS schools have had their ways for the most part against MHSAA schools in 2018.
MAIS schools are 15-5 against MHSAA schools this year.
There was only one matchup in Week 5 between the two associations and Jackson Prep beat Madison St. Joe 59-10.
There’s five matchups between MHSAA and MAIS schools this week with Greenville Christian at Coffeeville; Hatley at Central Holmes; St. Andrew’s at Hartfield Academy; St. Stanislaus at MRA and West Marion at Columbia Academy.