South Panola quarterback Patrick Shegog never thought he’d ever play for Ricky Woods.
Well back in December Shegog’s dream came true when Woods decided to come back to Batesville after spending the last two seasons at Starkville.
“When I first met him is what kind of unreal,” Shegog said.
In Woods first stint at South Panola was from 2001-2006 in which he won four state championships in a row from 2003-2006.
Shegog, who is committed to Tulane, was nearly flawless in the Tigers 24-23 season opening win over Clinton.
He went 13 of 21 passing for 244 yards with three touchdowns and also rushed for 136 yards on 24 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown from 2 yards out with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter that would give South Panola the lead.
“One thing I’ve been working on all offseason is learning my reads and of course throwing,” Shegog said. “He’s one heckuva quarterback coach. When we got started he told me everything I had to do and I went out and executed it perfectly.”
Besides Derek Pegues Woods said Shegog is one of the best quarterbacks he’s ever coached.
“He’s pretty good. He did,” Ricky Woods said following the game Thursday. “He never gets upset, never changes composure and is very smart with the football. Glad he’s on my team.”
South Panola (1-0) makes another trip to the Jackson area Friday to face Brandon (0-1).
Warren Central will lean on stingy defense
Warren Central had a grand total of two starters back on both offense and defense off a team in 2016 that made it to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
After their 28-3 thumping of Clarksdale on Friday night in the Red Carpet Bowl some left thinking the Vikings never missed a beat on defense.
Warren Central’s defense would force two fumbles that were returned for touchdowns and only allowed the Wildcats to gain seven first downs (two in the first half) and total of 142 yards of offense. The Wildcats would only cross midfield twice the whole game.
“We need them (the defense) to play like we expected them too,” Warren Central coach Josh Morgan said. “They carried us and did what they had too. We talk about scoring on defense because there are more ways to score on defense than offense, so we did what we had to do.”
The Vikings (1-0) travel to top-ranked Pearl (1-0) on Friday.
More teams lean on defense in Week 1
Speaking of defense several more teams across the state leaned on their defense in the first week of the season.
- Oxford’s defense would only allow 109 yards of offense and defensive back C.J. Terrell had a crucial interception in the end zone to stop a huge drive in the Chargers 21-6 win over Vicksburg.
- Pisgah would force five turnovers (four fumbles) and an interception that led to a 23-0 shutout win over Hartfield Academy.
- Kossuth’s defense only allowed a grand total of 109 yards (31 yards passing) of offense in a 17-0 shutout win over Independence.
- Wayne County would give up just 109 yards of offense and only allow 10 first downs in a 43-7 thumping of rival West Jones.
Game ends in a tie
Due to coaches not agreeing on having an overtime period the O’Bannon-Broad Street game on Friday ended in a 38-38 tie.
This week O’Bannon hosts Ray Brooks, while Broad Street hosts Ruleville.
MHSAA vs. MAIS
There were four games featuring teams from both associations and it ended with two teams from each association getting wins.
The two MHSAA teams that got wins were Pisgah over Hartfield Academy 23-0 and French Camp holding off Winona Christian 36-34. The two MAIS teams that recorded wins were Lee (Ark.) over Potts Camp 44-25 and Greenville St Joseph’s 30-7 win over rival Riverside.
This week there are five games that features MHSAA-MAIS matchups.
Winona Christian hosts Ethel; Tri-County Academy hosts Madison St. Joseph; North Delta travels to Montgomery County; Hartfield Academy hosts Pelahatchie and French Camp hosts Starkville Academy.