Five Takeaways from Week 8

Madison Central quarterback Jimmy Holiday.



Madison Central wins classic

This has become an annual event when Madison Central and Warren Central square off on the gridiron. Friday night was just another chapter added to the rivalry.

Jaguar linebacker Hayes Bufkin would recover a fumble and score the game-winning touchdown with 56 seconds left in the game to lift Madison Central over Warren Central 24-17 in a huge Region 2-6A matchup at Viking Stadium.

It’s Madison Central third straight win over Warren Central and it was the seventh time in the last eight meetings the game was decided by seven points or less.

Jaguar running back Duke Arnold had 127 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown to lead the Madison Central offense.

Warren Central did have 310 yards rushing on the night led by running back Jerrious Stovall who had 176 yards on 24 carries.

It’s still early in region play, but the loss puts Warren Central 1-2 in division play and on the outside looking in to make the playoffs. The road ahead is a difficult one but possible.

Both teams continue region play this week as the Vikings (2-4, 1-2 Region 2-6A) travel to Hughes Field in Jackson to face Murrah, while Madison Central (6-1, 3-0) hosts Starkville in a showdown of Top 10 teams.


Louisville snaps streak

It came down to the very end but the streak is over.

Elijah Wilke hit a 21-yard field goal as time expired to lift Louisville past rival Noxubee County 27-26 in an instant classic of Region 4-4A foes at R.E. Hinze Stadium. The win snapped the Wildcats five-game losing streak to the Tigers and it was their first win since 2013.

Before Wilke’s heroic moment there was a wild fourth quarter.

Noxubee County scored 14 points in a span of two minutes and 25 seconds on a safety, a 31-yard touchdown pass to Savion Price and a blocked punt return for a touchdown by JaQuarius Jamison to take a 26-24 lead.

On the final drive the Wildcats would go 80 yards in the two minutes and 55 seconds, capped by Wilke’s game-winning field goal.

Kevon Jackson had two rushing touchdowns to lead the Wildcats (7-1, 2-0 Region 4-4A).

Louisville steps out of region play this week as they host Forest.


Lawrence County knocks off unbeaten

There were 22 undefeated teams heading into Week 8 but a tough effort from Lawrence County dropped that number to 21.

Lawrence County’s Tywan McLaurin stripped the ball out of Sumrall quarterback Dannis Jackson hands and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown to lift the Cougars over Sumrall 28-21 in a critical Region 7-4A matchup.

Following the fumble return, Perez Tyler would intercept a pass at the Cougar 20-yard line to seal the win for Lawrence County (6-2, 2-0 Region 7-4A).

Antwan Pittman had 129 yards on 12 carries to lead a Lawrence County rushing attack that had 248 yards total.

Despite the turnovers, Jackson, had a big night for the Bobcats (7-1, 1-1). He had 170 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown and also passed for 110 yards with a touchdown.

Both teams continue Region 7-4A play this week as Lawrence County will host Purvis, while Sumrall travels to Poplarville.


MRA gets revenge, sets up showdown

MRA has been on a revenge tour lately and Friday night was no exception.

The Patriots used a fierce rushing attack and a stingy defense en route to a 41-6 whipping of rival Jackson Academy at the Brickyard.

The win sets up a showdown of two 8-0 teams as MRA hosts Jackson Prep on Friday.

The Patriots would rush for a total of 162 yards and defensively held Jackson Academy to just 165 yards of total offense.

Running back Joshua Tucker led the MRA ground game with 131 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns.

Ridge Futral had two rushing touchdowns for the Patriots and A.J. Hasley added a rushing touchdown.

Quarterback Philip Short was 8 of 12 passing for 180 yards for MRA.


All-Star Rosters

The rosters for the 38th annual MS/AL All-Star Game and the 70th annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game were announced at a press conference held at the MHSAA office in Clinton on Wednesday.

This year’s Mississippi roster is arguably one of the best ever for the Magnolia State.

The receivers are Brandon’s Jonathan Mingo, Northwest Rankin’s Jarrian Jones, Noxubee County’s Kyziah Pruitt, Sumrall’s Dannis Jackson and Tupelo’s Jordan Jernigan.

The quarterbacks are Oak Grove’s John Rhys Plumlee and North Panola’s K.J. Jefferson.

At linebacker is Horn Lake’s Nakobe Dean, Starkville’s Zack Edwards, East Central’s Avery White, Louisville’s Ashanti Cistrunk and Clarksdale’s Kevin Smith.

The defensive line will consist of Louisville’s Charles Moore, Meridian’s Jamond Gordon, Seminary’s Nathan Pickering, Hattiesburg’s Jaren Handy, West Jones’ Byron Young, Starkville’s Jalil Clemons and West Point’s Jaylon Webb.

This year’s MS/AL All-Star Game will be played in Montgomery, Alabama at the Cramton Bowl on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Mississippi defeated Alabama last year 42-7.

For the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Gulfport’s Milner Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

Some notables suiting up for the North All-Stars will be the quarterbacks in Clinton’s Hunter Hulsey and Itawamba AHS’ Jaxon Orr. Some other notables to watch for the North is Booneville’s Dallas Gamble, North Pontotoc’s Corley Hooper, Northwest Rankin’s Hayden Hill, Madison Central’s Myles Hopson and Olive Branch’s Josh Stevenson.

For the South All-Stars the quarterbacks will be Brookhaven’s Sevante Quinn and Gulfport’s T.Q. Newsome. Some others to watch are Gulfport’s Derrick Hall, St. Martin’s Ham McGee, Oak Grove’s Jarius Reimonenq, Pearl’s Jordan Bailey, Hattiesburg’s Darius Ruffin and Drexlan Allen.