Daryl Jones has been here before.
So don’t expect the Callaway coach to be overwhelmed when the Chargers try to go 6-0 for the first time since 2010 on Friday, the same day they host Germantown in their Region 2-5A opener at Newell Field.
The Chargers were better in 2010, starting 7-0 en route their last playoff appearance, which ended in the first round.
Callaway’s more talented this year, though, and is led on offense by Dandy Dozen Rod Taylor and wide receiver Dayall Harris, both Ole Miss commits. Harris has 203 yards receiving with four touchdowns this season.
Breeland Speaks and defensive back Ronald Walker, also committed to Ole Miss, spur Callaway’s defense. Speaks, one of three uncommitted Dandy Dozen prospects, has recorded 25 tackles and four sacks.
Still, the Chargers will have their hands full this week.
“(The Mavericks) are a force to be reckoned with,” Jones said.
In Germantown’s third year of existence, the Mavericks (4-0) are off to their best start in school history.
“The reason we have been successful the last couple of years is the kids are believing in themselves,” Germantown coach Tim Shramek said. “Our coaching staff has high demands for the kids and expects a lot out of them.”
Dogs move up
Brandon moved up five spots in the the USA Today Super 25 this week. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and Class 6A, appeared in USA Today’s next 25 at No. 42, five spots better than last week. Brandon travels to Terry on Friday.
Hughes picks MSU
Jackson Prep junior pitcher Noah Hughes committed to Mississippi State this past weekend. Right-hander Hughes joins teammate and fellow pitcher Jake Mangum as 2015 MSU commits.
Hughes went 11-0 on the mound as a sophomore last season, posting a 2.46 ERA and 75 strikeouts to help lead the Patriots capture the Academy AAA, Division I state championship and finish 34-2.
Another streak snapped
Rebul Academy saw its 27-game losing streak come to an end last Friday night when the Raiders defeated Macon Central 26-6. The last time Rebul recorded a win was in 2010, when it rolled Mt. Salus 55-14. The Raiders (1-4), who compete in MAIS 8-Man, travel to North Sunflower Academy on Friday.
The MAIS fast-pitch softball state championships begin Saturday and will last through Monday at Pearl Municipal Park. The defending state champions include: Copiah Academy (AAA), Leake Academy (AA) and Benton Academy (A).