High School Notebook: Defending 6A champs on the ropes

Mississippi moved up to six classifications in 2009 and every since the defending 6A state champion has made the playoffs.

Well, that streak is now on the brink of ending.

After falling 29-14 to Madison Central this past Friday night, defending 6A champions Starkville is now in a must win situation in order to make the Class 6A playoffs this season.

The Yellowjackets (5-3, 2-2) must win out in its last three games in rugged Region 2-6A to get in. Starkville hosts Murrah this Friday and Warren Central on Oct. 28 and then travel to Clinton on Nov. 4 in the season finale.

“Our backs are against the wall, if we want to do anything we have to win out,” said Starkville Ricky Woods after the game. “Our problem lately is we are making too many mistakes on offense. Our defense plays well enough to win, if we can give them some help on offense we’d be alright.”


Week 9 had some shootouts

Defense was optional in some games this past Friday night.

In Bay St. Louis, St. Stanislaus outlasted East Central 70-50 to remain unbeaten in Region 8-4A.

Quarterback Myles Brennan went 41 of 45 with 543 yards with nine total touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing). Promising junior running back Tony Brown rushed for 236 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns to lead East Central.

In Clinton, five star quarterback Cam Akers had seven total touchdowns to lead Clinton past NW Rankin 56-48 in a key Region 2-6A battle. Akers passed for 238 yards with three touchdowns rushed 155 touchdowns with more touchdowns and tacked on a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown.

NW Rankin quarterback Braden Smith passed for 316 yards with four touchdowns to lead the Cougars.

Florence scored with 12 seconds left in the game and converted a successful two point conversion to defeat McComb 43-42 to remain unbeaten in Region 6-4A. Quarterback Brad Dennis rushed for 198 yards with three touchdowns and running back Degerrick Lee had 193 yards rushing with three touchdowns to lead the Eagles.

On Thursday night, Pelahatchie scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Javeious Purvis to D.J. Jennings with 14 seconds left to rally past Lake 56-53.

Purvis passed for 245 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed for 150 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns. Pelahatchie running back Keldrick Stokes rushed for 200 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns.

Lake quarterback Jay Jimison had 400 yards rushing on 18 carries with six touchdowns. He also passed for 39 yards.

Lake and Pelahatchie combined to have 1,131 yards of total offense.

Playoff scenarios for Week 10

There a few playoff scenarios that will be determined this week.

In Region 1-4A, if Itawamba AHS defeats Pontotoc on Friday then the Indians will be the No. 2 seed.

In Region 3-4A, the winner of the Cleveland-Raymond game on Friday will be the No. 2 seed.

In Region 5-4A, the winner of the Mendenhall-NE Jones game on Friday will be the No. 2 seed.

In Region 7-4A, the winner of the Poplarville-Purvis game will be the No. 1 seed.

In Region 8-4A, the winner of the St. Stanislaus-Moss Point game will be the No. 1 seed.

In Region 1-3A, the winner of the Benton County-Kossuth game on Thursday will be the No. 1 seed.

In Region 5-3A, the winner of the Kemper County-Forest game will be the No. 1 seed.

In Region 1-2A, the winner of the Baldwyn-Walnut game will be the No. 1 seed.

Unbeaten teams

Through the first nine weeks of the season there are only 10 teams undefeated in Mississippi.

Those teams are Clinton, Tupelo, West Lauderdale, Hazlehurst, Raleigh, Tylertown, Simmons, Presbyterian Christian, Indianola Academy, and Canton Academy.