Five Takeaways from Week 8

West Jones running back Joshua McDonald. Photo by James Pugh/601ImpactSports.

Lake Cormorant knocks off West Point

They say all things must come to end.

Well Lake Cormorant did just that to the West Point division win streak in Region 1-5A as the Gators knocked off the previously third-ranked Green Wave 35-26 on Thursday night.

The win snapped West Point’s 36-game winning streak in Region 1-5A (last loss was Sept. 25 at Oxford) and a 19-game home winning streak in the division for the Green Wave (last loss at home was Oct. 31, 2014 against New Hope).

Lake Cormorant quarterback Telvin Amos would toss three touchdown passes and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter to give the Gators a 28-24.

Jeremy Henderson sealed the win for the Gators on a 67-yard touchdown run.

Both teams continue Region 1-5A play this week as Lake Cormorant (4-1, 2-1 Region 1-5A) travels to Columbus, while West Point (4-2, 2-1) travels to Grenada.


Warren Central shuts out Madison Central

The Vikings have always been known to be a defensive team.

It showed on Thursday night at Robert Morgan Stadium as eighth-ranked Warren Central would shut out previously No. 10-ranked Madison Central 8-0.

Offense was at a premium for both teams as Warren Central only managed 161 yards of total, while Madison Central had 175 yards.

Warren Central defensive back Tevin Bell would have two interceptions and the Vikings also had a strip-sack fumble at the end of the first half.

Viking kicker Joshua Griffin would kick a pair of field goals from 38 and 22 yards out, while linebacker Lawrence Madison would seal the win with a sack in the end zone for a safety.

Warren Central (5-0, 3-0 Region 2-6A) is off this week before hosting Clinton on Oct. 23, while Madison Central (5-2, 2-1) hosts top-ranked Starkville on Friday.


Gautier ends drought over Pascagoula

Another streak came to an end on Thursday as Gautier snapped a 10-game losing streak to rival Pascagoula as the Gators ran past the Panthers 49-27 in the Singing River Classic Region 4-5A matchup.

Gautier quarterback Kaden Irving, an Ole Miss baseball commit, would throw for 333 yards with a touchdown and also had a rushing touchdown to lead the Gators (3-2. 2-1 Region 4-5A).

Running back Kolby Packnett had 93 yards rushing with three touchdowns for the Gators.

Pascagoula quarterback Keilon Parnell, an MSU baseball commit, had 115 yards passing with two touchdowns and also had 92 yards rushing with a touchdown to lead the Panthers (3-3, 2-1).

Both teams continue Region 4-5A play this week as Gautier travels to East Central, while Pascagoula travels to Wayne County.


West Jones wins battle of unbeatens

In what was the first matchup in 16 years saw West Jones using a strong rushing attack to get past Taylorsville 35-21 in a battle of unbeatens on Thursday night that also featured seven turnovers.

As a team the third-ranked Mustangs (5-0) would have 239 yards rushing. Kendorean Russell would score three touchdowns to lead the ground game. Kentrel Pruitt added 85 yards with a touchdown, while Joshua McDonald had 70 yards with a score.

Taylorsville quarterback and Tulane commit Ty Keyes had 233 yards passing with a 74-yard touchdown pass to Arterious Miller to cut the West Jones lead to 28-21 with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Keyes also had a rushing touchdown.

Jeffrey Pittman added a rushing touchdown for the Tartars (4-1).

Both teams return to division play this week as West Jones travels to Laurel, while Taylorsville travels to Enterprise-Clarke.


All-Star Rosters

The rosters for the MS/AL All-Star Game and the Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star were announced on Wednesday.

The MS/AL All-Star will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Cramton Bowl in Montogmery, Alabama with kickoff set for 11:30 a.m.

Some notable players that will represent Mississippi are Starkville quarterback Luke Altmyer; Taylorsville quarterback Ty Keyes; Southaven receiver Isaiah Brevard; Neshoba Central running back Jarquez Hunter; Laurel receiver Kanarius Johnson; Louisville defensive end Ty Cooper and D’Iberville defensive back Justin Walley.

The Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 19. Time and site is to be announced.

Some notable players on the North roster are Ridgeland quarterback Zy McDonald; Tupelo quarterback Jake Weir; Kosciusko receiver Antonio Harmon; Madison Central linebacker Joseph Perryman; Noxubee County defensive tackle Travorus Hatcher; North Panola defensive back Carl Robinson and South Panola receiver Cameron Wright.

Some notable players on the South roster are West Jones quarterback Alan Follis; Moss Point quarterback Rueben Lee; Magee receiver Chandler Pittman; Lumberton running back Robert Henry; Columbia linebacker Greg Fortenberry and Laurel running back Xavier Evans.

A couple notable players that were left off all-star rosters were Tupelo Christian quarterback Khi Holiday, Newton County quarterback Carlois Walker and Nanih Waiya running back Austin Sanders.