Five Takeaways from Week 5

Northwest Rankin wide receiver Jordan Cavitt. (Photo by Chris Brooks)

Here are my weekly takeaways from the fifth week of the high school football season.


Brandon stuns Madison Central

After two losses to open the season, it seemed Brandon was being written off by some people.

The Bulldogs changed that in a big way as they knocked off previously No. 6 Madison Central 6-0 at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night.

The only touchdown of the came off a Madison Central fumble when Brandon quarterback Dobie Bartling hit Deandre Ward on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 6:02 left in the first quarter.

Madison Central quarterback Tate Collins hit Tyler Austin in the corner of the end zone from 38 yards out for a touchdown with one second left in the fourth quarter, but an illegal man down field penalty wiped the touchdown away.

The Jaguars had three turnovers on the night (two fumbles and an interception).

Brandon finished the game with 185 yards of total offense. Bartling completed 12-16 passes 135 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs had just 51 yards rushing.

Collins had 108 yards passing with an interception and 56 yards rushing for Madison Central.

Both teams open district play this week as Madison Central (2-1) hosts rival Clinton to start Region 2-6A play, while Brandon (1-2) will host Terry to begin Region 3-6A play.


West Jones rallies

It wasn’t looking good for West Jones late in the fourth quarter against Petal and the Mustangs needed a spark.

West Jones got exactly that behind quarterback Alan Follis as the Mustangs rallied to score 20 points in the final period to beat the Panthers 34-31 at Mustang Stadium on Friday night.

The Panthers were up 31-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final period, Follis threw two touchdown passes. His first scoring pass went to Marlon Lindsey form 9 yards out, while the other went to Cedric Bender from 17 yards out with five minutes left.

Joshua McDonald scored the go-ahead touchdown for West Jones on a 5-yard run with 2:32 remaining.

Petal kicker Nate Jones’ potential game-tying 34-yard field goal was blocked as time expired to seal the comeback win for West Jones.


Big second half lifts Northwest Rankin over Ridgeland

Northwest Rankin running back Cam Marion scored four second half touchdowns to help lead the Cougars past previously unbeaten Ridgeland 48-22 on Friday night.

Trailing 22-17 at halftime Northwest Rankin took their opening drive of the third quarter down the field and score on a Marion 2-yard run to take the lead 24-22.

After Ridgeland fumbled at midfield on their opening drive of the second half, Marion scored on a 19-yard run to extend the Cougar lead to 31-22.

Marion also scored on a 2-yard run and a 1-yard run. He finished the game with 217 yards rushing on 39 carries with four touchdowns to lead Northwest Rankin offensively.

Cougar quarterback Caleb Parten was 12-17 passing for 202 yards with two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns went to receiver Jordan Cavitt from 62 yards and 4 yards out.

The Northwest Rankin defense held the potent Ridgeland offense to 269 yards of total offense, including 58 yards in the second half and two turnovers.


Late Game Magic

Several games on Friday night needed overtime to find a winner.

  • After stopping Pearl on a fourth down play, Warren Central quarterback Kentrick Thompson scored on a 1-yard run to lift the eighth-ranked Vikings over the Pirates 28-21.
  • Florence’s Oakland Lewis scored on a 4-yard run on their possession in overtime and Gage Lepard sacked Forest quarterback DaShun Lofton to force a fumble that was recovered by John Quick. It lifted the Eagles over the Bearcats 51-44.
  • After Bogue Chitto missed a field goal on their opening possession of overtime, Puckett quarterback Tyvez Tate scored on a 5-yard run to lift the Wolves over the Bobcats 20-14.
  • After Vicksburg’s Laurence Sullivan scored on a 28-yard run with 2:40 left to give the Gators a 32-28 lead, Natchez’s Traylon Minor added a 31-yard run with 1:15 left to lift the Bulldogs over Vicksburg 34-32.
  • Wayne County trailed Laurel 21-3 in the second quarter, but quarterback Sebastian Chafin had rushing touchdowns and a 65-yard touchdown pass to Shadamien Williamson to lift the War Eagles over the Golden Tornadoes 24-21.
  • Gavin Dyer hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired to lift North Pontotoc past Independence 37-34.



As district play begins for several classifications across the state, in both the MHSAA and MAIS there are 49 undefeated teams remaining after five weeks in the MAIS and three weeks in MHSAA.

MHSAA schools that are unbeaten:

Class 6A – Olive Branch, Oxford, Starkville, South Panola, Germantown, Warren Central, Oak Grove, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, D’Iberville and Harrison Central.

Class 5A — Lake Cormorant, Neshoba Central, West Jones, Picayune and East Central.

Class 4A — North Pontotoc, Newton County, Richland, McComb, Purvis, Greene County, St. Stanislaus and Bay High.

Class 3A — Amory, Nettleton, Winona, Kemper County, Crystal Springs, Columbia and Magee.

Class 2A — Walnut, Marks Palmer, Enterprise-Clarke, Taylorsville, Puckett and Newton.

Class 1A — Biggersville, Nanih Waiya, Sebastopol, and Resurrection.

MAIS schools that are unbeaten:

Class 6A – Jackson Prep and MRA.

Class 5A — Leake Academy.

Class 4A — Cathedral.

Class 3A — Carroll Academy.

Class 2A — Humphreys Academy and Manchester Academy.

Class 1A — Desoto (Ark.), Wilkinson Christian, Briarfield (La.) and Tensas (La.).