Top-ranked Starkville gets past third-ranked South Panola
It took some time for Starkville to settle in but the top-ranked Yellowjackets used a big second quarter to get past third-ranked South Panola 38-20 in a top five showdown in the Region 2-6A opener for both teams on Friday night. This very well could’ve been the first of two potential games between the two teams.
The Tigers scored first on a 7-yard pass from Anterrio Draper to Memphis commit Cameron Wright with 8:43 left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.
Starkville wouldn’t score until 4:35 left in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Florida State commit Luke Altmyer to LeRoy Hollingshed.
After South Panola punted, MSU commit Amariyon Howard scored on a 77-yard touchdown run to give Starkville a 14-6 lead with 2:07 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers tied the game back up at 14 on an Anterrio Draper 31-yard pass to Christoin Bobo with 1:02 left before halftime.
With five seconds left, Altmyer found Kobe Larkin on a 5-yard touchdown pass to give Starkville a 21-14 lead before halftime.
The Jackets extended their lead to 31-14 in the third quarter on an Altmyer 35-yard touchdown run and a Josh Eaves 37-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter Altmyer hit Jordan Mitchell on a 8-yard touchdown pass to extend the Yellowjacket lead to 38-14.
Altmyer finished the game 16-for-27 for 208 yards with three touchdowns and 82 yards rushing to lead Starkville (4-0, 1-0 Region 2-6A).
South Panola’s final score came on a 22-yard pass from Draper to Wright. Draper would finish with 185 yards passing with three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (3-1, 0-1).
Taylorsville gets revenge
Taylorsville had this game marked on the schedule all year after being shutout in Flowood last year 28-0.
Behind an explosive performance from running back Jeffrey Pittman and quarterback Ty Keyes, the Tartars held off Jackson Prep 47-37 on Friday night in a battle of unbeaten teams ranked in the Little 10.
Taylorsville jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game.
Jackson Prep stormed back and take a 31-28 lead with 8:14 left in the Braedon Mabry on 12-yard touchdown run.
Taylorsville regained the lead at 35-31 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ty Keyes to Arterrious Miller with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
Prep took the lead again at 37-35 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter on a Chris Peals 27-yard run.
Jeffrey Pittman scored on a 5-yard run with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter to give the Tartars a 41-37 lead.
Pittman added another 5-yard run with 2:09 remaining in the game to give Taylorsville the 47-37 lead.
Pittman finished with 204 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Tartars (3-0), ranked No. 2 in the Little 10 and No. 1 in MHSAA Class 2A.
Ty Keyes finished 16-of-26 for 315 yards with three touchdowns for Taylorsville.
Matt Jones had 154 yards rushing with two touchdowns to lead Jackson Prep (4-1), ranked No. 4 in the Little 10 and No. 2 in MAIS Class 6A.
MRA routs Corinth
In a battle of former MAIS and MHSAA state champions, it was MRA that made a big statement as the Patriots routed former MHSAA Class 4A state champion Corinth 51-17 on Friday night.
After the Warriors took an early 3-0 lead with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter on a 34-yard field goal, the Patriots scored 30 unanswered points. It was highlighted by two touchdown passes from Zach Beasley to Davis Dalton from 39 and 58 yards out. Running back and Navy commit Rayf Vinson had two touchdown runs from 2 and 5 yards out.
Landon McGee added a 28-yard field goal as MRA held a 30-10 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Beasley had a 8-yard touchdown run and also found Trey Zito on a 44-yard touchdown pass.
Beasley finished the night 12-of-23 for 315 yards with three touchdowns to lead MRA (5-0).
The Patriots, the defending MAIS Class 6A state champion and ranked No. 1 in the Little 10 and No. 1 in MAIS Class 6A, finished with 408 yards of total offense.
Cayden Betts had 131 yards rushing on 26 carries to lead Corinth (2-2), ranked No. 1 in MHSAA Class 4A.
Oxford comes back again
We’ve seen this before.
Down 28-8 in the third quarter, Oxford scored 23 unanswered points to rally past Southaven 31-28 in the all-Charger matchup and Region 1-6A opener.
To begin the rally, Oxford quarterback Trip Maxwell hit Trenton Brannon on a 33-yard touchdown pass to take the lead to 28-15.
On Southaven’s next possession, linebacker Tristan Shorter intercepted a pass and ran 15 yards to the end zone to cut the lead to 28-22.
In the fourth quarter, kicker Jack Tannehill connected on three field goals from 25, 34 and 37 yards out. The 37-yarder came with 3:18 left to give eighth-ranked Oxford (3-0, 1-0 Region 1-6A), the defending 6A state champions, the 31-28 lead.
Shorter would then get his second interception of the game to seal the win.
As district play begins for several classifications across the state, in both the MHSAA and MAIS there are 39 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, Warren Central, Oak Grove, Ocean Springs, D’Iberville and Harrison Central.
Class 5A — Neshoba Central, West Jones, and Picayune.
Class 4A — Newton County, Richland, McComb, Purvis, Greene County, and St. Stanislaus.
Class 3A — Nettleton, Winona, Columbia and Magee.
Class 2A — Walnut, Marks Palmer, Enterprise-Clarke, Taylorsville, Puckett and Newton.
Class 1A — Biggersville, Nanih Waiya, and Resurrection.
MAIS schools that are unbeaten:
Class 6A – MRA.
Class 5A — Leake Academy.
Class 4A — None.
Class 3A — Carroll Academy.
Class 2A — Humphreys Academy and Manchester Academy.
Class 1A — Desoto (Ark.), Wilkinson Christian, Briarfield (La.) and Tensas (La.).