Five Takeaways from Week 9

Terry wide receiver Joshua Perkins.

Terry gets revenge

Terry has been waiting an entire to get revenge.

Well they got it.

The Bulldogs would make a big second half surge, Terry held off Oak Grove 28-27 in a critical Region 3-6A matchup on Friday night.

“We’ve waited an entire year to get some payback from last year when Oak Grove got a win after we had a guy intercepted a pass, but the call got overturned to an incomplete pass and they kicked a field goal in the final seconds to beat us,” said Terry coach J.J. Plummer. “This win Friday eased the pain for sure.”

The Bulldogs (6-3, 2-2) would roll the dice as well.

Tyrek Pegues would go 17 of 26 passing for 217 yards with three touchdowns in his first ever career start at quarterback to lead Terry offensively.

Tyler McDaniel, converted quarterback to wide receiver last week, caught 10 passes for 118 yards with two touchdowns and also had an interception and two pass deflections on defense for the Bulldogs.

Terry would have 437 yards of total offense.

“Tyrek at quarterback gave us a whole new dimension on offense. He has a quick release and we have some talented wide receivers if we can get the ball to them,” Plummer said. “Tyler McDaniel has been a talented running quarterback, but we thought the change to receiver would help and it worked for us the other night.”

The Bulldogs would trail 24-14 at halftime, but would outscore Oak Grove 14-3 in the third quarter for the win.

“I told the guys at halftime to not look at the score and just go play your game,” Plummer said. “We went out and took some shots and see at the end what the result is. Ya’ll may be shocked.”

With the win Terry can make the Class 6A playoffs if they win two of their final three games.

Those final three games include home games against George County and Petal and road game at Meridian.

Terry hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006.

“My goal going into the year was to be in playoff contention and have a winning record,” Plummer said. “We’re proud to be in the playoff hunt and are to take it one game at a time and see what happens.”


Mendenhall a sleeper in South 4A

If there is one team that is getting somewhat under looked its Mendenhall.

The Tigers are now in the driver’s seat with two games in Region 5-4A with a 41-28 road win over West Lauderdale on Friday night.

And they would do it by virtue of the running game and a big second half.

Mendenhall would outscore West Lauderdale 26-15 in the second half, including 20-7 in the fourth quarter to get the victory.

“The win was huge, we’ve been in this division for three years and we had never beaten West Lauderdale,” said first year Mendenhall coach Chucky Allen. “They are always well coached and their kids play very tough.”

Mendenhall has won seven straight games since their season opening loss to Florence.

Running back Jordan Willis was a work horse for the Tigers rushing 30 times for 306 yards with four touchdowns to lead the ground game.

Mendenhall quarterback Christian Allen injured his thumb on his throwing hand in practice on Monday, so the Tigers had to immediately change game plan.

“Jordan Willis is that kid that works hard every day and has a motor that will not quit,” Allen said. “When the QB went down he went from 12-15 carries to 30 and still had to play defense and accepted the role. He did what we needed to do.”

Senior linebacker Tavaris Grace had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown that sealed the win for Mendenhall.

The Tigers (7-1, 3-0 Region 5-4A) hosts Northeast Jones (1-7, 0-3) on Friday.


Port Gibson clinches playoff berth

It has been a while since the last time Port Gibson has made the playoffs.

Well it has officially been snapped.

The Blue Wave clinched a playoff spot in Class 3A with a 14-13 thrilling win over Franklin County on Friday night.

It is the first time since 2012 that Port Gibson has made the playoffs.

“This is my second time here as a head coach and I’ve had an opportunity to correct a lot of mistakes I made as a younger coach,” said Port Gibson coach Harry Brown. “We preach a lot to the team what you pay for, nobody can take away. This town deserves a winner and giving it to them has been our goal.”

Port Gibson is led by a two-quarterback system in Jacory Rankin and D’Marious Hicks and a rushing attack that is averaging 257.7 yards per game. According to Brown when one is at quarterback the other is at receiver.

Rankin has tossed for 504 yards with four touchdowns and has rushed for 580 yards with three touchdowns.

Hicks has tossed for 110 yards with a touchdown, but has rushed for 462 yards with six touchdowns.

Running back Javier Barnes has rushed for 587 yards with two touchdowns to lead the rushing attack.

“Hicks and Rankin make a great 1-2 punch at quarterback. Javier Barnes has done a great job at running back,” Brown said. “Defensively, our defensive line has been the strength. Their fast and quick off the line and have wrecked havoc so far.”

Blue Wave (6-2, 2-0 Region 7-3A) host Wilkinson County on Friday and with a win will clinch a home 3A playoff game and can finish no worse than the two seed in division.


Winona gets big win over Calhoun City

If there was one big upset it happened in Calhoun City.

Winona would go into Calhoun City and come away with a 31-20 win over the defending 2A state champs in a pivotal Region 2-2A matchup.

“No one gave us a chance to win but ourselves,” said Winona coach Joey Tompkins. “We talked about all week to the kids just go execute the game plan, tackle well and not turn the ball over and they did that.”

The Tigers would once again use a heavy running game. D.J. Ringo would have 99 yards rushing on 18 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Winona ground game.

Quarterback Jatyler Moore would pass for 164 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards with a touchdown to lead the Tigers offensively.

“Even though we turned the ball once, biggest thing is we took care of the ball and outplayed them,” Tompkins said. “We were up six with six minutes to go and used the clock to our advantage and scored with about a minute to go to seal it.”

The Tigers (6-3, 2-1 Region 2-2A) hosts East Webster (5-3, 0-2) in a Region 2-2A matchup Friday. If Winona wins the Tigers clinch a home 2A first round playoff game.


South Delta a sleeper in 2A

If there is one team in 2A that hardly anyone is talking about it resides in Rolling Fork.

South Delta, whose ranked No. 5 in 2A, is rolling with six straight wins since its 24-8 loss to Leflore County in Week 3.

Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0 Region 3-2A) are coming off a huge region win 36-16 over West Tallahatchie.

South Delta is led by a very balanced offense averaging 223.2 yards per game passing and 204.3 yards per game rushing.

Quarterback Jacobeyon Lane leads the way with 1,607 yards passing with 12 touchdowns and has rushed for 605 yards with seven touchdowns.

“This year we’ve been able to be more balanced than in the past when we had to be one-dimensional. Our players have enjoyed being able to do both,” said South Delta coach Derrick Hooker. “Early in the year we had to throw it more due to running back getting hurt in first game, but we were able to overcome it.”

Running back Arteise Myles has bounced back from an injury by rushing for 848 yards with 18 touchdowns.

Caleb Ducking, Wesley Jennings, George Jackson and Kijuan Moore are the Bulldogs top receivers.

Jennings has recorded 53 tackles and nine sacks that anchors a defense that allows 16 points per game.

“Defensively we have played together as a unit causing turnovers at the right time in the game,” Hooker said. “We have a lot of players that play both ways, so conditioning has been important. After the loss to Leflore County we found out we had to get better in all three phases. We’ve got two games left and it is two big ones so we can’t make mistakes.”

The Bulldogs travel to two-time defending 1A state champion Hollandale Simmons (8-0) on Friday. South Delta can clinch the Region 3-2A title with a win over Leland on Oct. 27.