Five Takeaways from Week 6

Madison Central quarterback Jimmy Holiday. Photo by Chris Brooks.

Madison Central wins behind dominant second half

For the second year in a row, Madison Central has bragging rights.

Behind a big second half and the play of quarterback Jimmy Holiday, the Jaguars got past Clinton 35-20 in a huge Top 10 showdown of Region 2-6A rivals on Friday night in The Jungle.

The Arrows held a 14-7 lead at halftime but Madison Central would outscore Clinton 28-6 in the second half to pull away.

Holiday would go 7 of 11 passing for 118 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed 19 times for 106 yards with two touchdowns to lead the Jaguar offense.

Running back Duke Arnold added 135 yards on 24 carries for Madison Central. Myles Hopson had two touchdown catches for the Jaguars.

The Jaguar defense also forced four turnovers.

Sixth-ranked Madison Central (4-1, 1-0 Region 2-6A) hosts Murrah (2-3, 1-0) in a Region 2-6A contest on Thursday.


Horn Lake with another dominant win

Top-ranked Starkville is the favorite in Class 6A North, but there’s a team that has been just as dominant through the first six weeks.

Horn Lake opened Region 1-6A play with a dominating 45-13 thumping of South Panola on Friday night in Batesville.

But things didn’t start great for the Eagles as South Panola’s Nate Harris returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

But it was all Horn Lake after that.

Running back Patrick Gilliam would score two touchdowns in the first half as the Eagles built a 28-6 lead at halftime.

Quarterback Raydarius Jones would lead the Horn Lake offense going 7 of 9 passing for 188 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.

The Eagles piled up 564 yards of total offense.

The Horn Lake defense stifled the South Panola offense, allowing the Tigers to 102 yards of total offense and just eight first downs.

The third-ranked Eagles (5-0, 1-0 Region 1-6A) host DeSoto County rival DeSoto Central (3-3, 1-0) on Friday in a Region 1-6A contest.


Holmes Central knocks off undefeated Neshoba Central

Coming into Week 6 there were 33 teams in the state that hadn’t suffered a loss.

Holmes Central reduced that number Friday night.

The Jaguars held off a late Neshoba Central rally to beat the previously unbeaten Rockets 14-13 in a Region 2-5A opening thriller at Rocket Field.

There now 26 undefeated teams left in the state.

Neshoba Central would score a touchdown with just under two minutes but missed the extra point that would eventually give the Jaguars the win.

Holmes Central would score both touchdowns in the first half and had a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Quarterback Justin Smith would lead the Jaguar offense going 14 of 18 passing for 210 yards with two touchdowns.

The Jaguars also had 235 yards rushing.

Holmes Central (4-1, 1-0 Region 2-5A) travels to rival Canton (4-2, 0-1) in a Regio 2-5A contest on Friday.


Gulfport wins a wild one

It seemed as if Gulfport was going to run away from St. Martin in their Region 4-6A opener.

But things rapidly changed in the second half.

Gulfport was up 28-7 at halftime but had to score late and hold off a late St. Martin rally to beat the Yellow Jackets 35-34 on Friday night.

St. Martin’s Mileon Graham would score on an 8-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at 28.

Gulfport would retake the lead at 35-28 when T.Q. Newsome hit Deshun Shields on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 6:41 left in the fourth quarter.

Graham would then throw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ham McGee with 3:29 left in the game but the two-point conversion failed, and the Gulfport defense would come with a late stop to seal the win.

Newsome, a Southern Miss commit, would go 10 of 15 passing for 130 yards with two touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 106 yards with two more touchdowns to lead the Admirals (4-1, 1-0).

Gulfport hosts Pascagoula (1-4, 0-1), while St. Martin (3-2, 0-1) will host Hancock (2-3, 0-1) in Region 4-6A contest on Friday.



The MAIS has dominated the contests between MHSAA and MAIS schools this year but it was the MHSAA going 3-2 against MAIS schools in Week 6.

The wins for the MHSAA were West Marion’s 46-8 win over Columbia Academy; Hatley over Central Holmes 48-21 and St. Andrew’s over Hartfield Academy 42-21.

The two wins for the MAIS were MRA’s 59-14 thumping of St. Stanislaus and Greenville Christian blew out Coffeeville 41-6.

The MAIS has a commanding 17-8 advantage over MHSAA schools this year with two contests in Week 7 between the two associations with McAdams traveling to Greenville St. Joseph and West Memphis (Ark.) going to Coldwater.