The Buzz: Dogs made their rival “Eat Dirt” for the second consecutive year behind a strong second defense. The Bulldogs D held the Pirates to just 26 yards of total offense in the second half, forced three interceptions and didn’t allow a touchdown. Now they must prepare for a third rival (Clinton) in the oldest rivalry in metro Jackson. Clinton leads the all-time series 39-23-1.
2. Olive Branch
Last week: beat Memphis Raleigh-Egypt 71-0 Friday: vs. Charleston
The Buzz: Nine different players found the end zone for the Conquistadors on Friday night. The Quistors built a 45-0 lead at halftime and just simply outmatched Raliegh-Egypt. OB can’t overlook Charleston (2-0). The Tigers made it to Jackson in 2011 and 2012 for the 3A state championship, winning it all in 2011.
3. South Panola
Last week: beat No. 4 West Point 55-33 Friday: at No. 6 Meridian
The Buzz: Junior running back Darrell Henderson totaled six of the Tigers’ eight touchdowns on Thursday night as the Tigers outscored the Green Wave. Henderson rushed for 185 yards with four touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown and a 67-yard kickoff return for a score. Quarterback Rip Kirk went 9-of-24 passing for 154 yards with a touchdown. The Tigers must now get ready for a second-straight Super 10 team in the sixth-ranked Wildcats on the road.
4. Oak Grove
Last week: beat Wayne County 45-14 Friday: vs. Pearl River Central
The Buzz: The Warriors made a statement blowing out the War Eagles last Thursday night. The Warrior defense stepped up in the second half, shutting out WC led by defensive back Chris Booth, a Seminary transfer who had three interceptions with one going for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Kirk McCarty, a Southern Miss baseball commit, passed for 242 yards with three touchdowns.
Last week: beat No. 8 Picayune 61-58 Friday: at West Jones
The Buzz: Running back Tyus Raine rushed for 331 yards on 21 carries (16 yards per carry) with six touchdowns as the Panthers won a shootout with the Maroon Tide and snapped a two-game losing streak to Picayune. Quarterback Kyle Smith scored the go-ahead 24-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left. The Panthers will go on the road for the first time this season at West Jones.
Last week: beat Quitman 29-22 Friday: vs. No. 3 South Panola
The Buzz: For the second straight week, running back Richard McQuarley stole the show. McQuarley scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:47 to play on a 31-yard touchdown reception to hold off their rivals. He had two touchdown receptions and also rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries. The Wildcats welcome the third-ranked and defending 6A state champion South Panola on Friday at Ray Stadium in a rematch of the 2010 Class 6A state championship game, so get there early.
7. Madison Central
Last week: beat Gulfport 45-28 Friday: at West Monroe (La.)
The Buzz: Trey Smith, son of former NFLer Jimmy Smith, accounted for 333 yards with six touchdowns for the Jags last Friday night. Smith had 181 yards receiving on just six receptions and rushed 152 yards. Quarterback Joseph Willis passed for 265 yards with two scores and no interceptions for the Jags. MC will hit the road to Monroe, La., on Friday to face West Monroe. The Rebels won 56-28 last season.
8. West Point
Last week: lost to No. 3 South Panola 55-33 Friday: vs. Starkville
The Buzz: Dandy Dozen running back and Mississippi State commit Aeris Williams put on a show for the Green Wave in defeat last Thursday. Williams rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries with four touchdowns in West Point’s season opener. The Wave on Friday face arch-rival Starkville, which has ended West Point’s season each of the last two seasons.
Last week: lost to No. 6 Petal 61-58 Friday: vs. D’Iberville
The Buzz: The Maroon Tide piled up 501 yards rushing as a team but lost a shootout to Petal on Friday night. Preston Dedeaux had 283 yards rushing on 35 carries with two touchdowns, while Deandre Anderson rushed for 123 yards and a score in Picayune’s season opener.
Last week: beat Wilkinson County 30-12 Friday: at Noxubee County
The Buzz: Quarterback Wyatt Roberts, a Jacksonville State commit, tossed for 258 yards to lead the Wildcats on Friday night. The stout Louisville defense sacked Wilkinson County Dandy Dozen QB Devin Voorhies eight times last week. This week, the Wildcats get longtime Noxubee County on the road. The defending 4A champs defeated the Wildcats twice last season, including in the North 4A state championship game, so don’t think revenge isn’t on the Wildcats’ minds.