From Staff Reports
JACKSON – The Starkville Academy Volunteers opened Class AAA-District 2 play Friday night in a big way by rolling up 268 yards rushing and defeated Hillcrest Christian School 42-8.
Ryan Mann led the Vols with 19 carries for 139 yards and three touchdowns, while Colby Runnels added 65 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
After a scoreless first quarter, quarterback Drew Pellum got the scoring started for SA with a 20-yard touchdown run, then Mann scored the next three with a pair of 6-yard runs in the second quarter and a 3-yarder in the third.
Runnels had a 4-yard run for a score in the third quarter and finished the point production for the Vols with a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Hillcrest had 82 of its 107 yards rushing for the game on the final drive as it scored late in the game. The 2-point conversion produced the final score.
Starkville Academy added 26 yards passing to its rushing number to finish with 294 yards of total offense.
The Vols were led defensively by Bailey Newell, Jordan Bright and Stephen Robertson.
The Vols, who remained undefeated overall at 5-0, continue the conference schedule on the road next Friday when they once again make the trip to the capitol city to face Jackson Prep.
East Oktibbeha 46,
ETHEL – East Oktibbeha put up 327 yards of total rushing in a win on the road in Ethel.
“It was a total team effort for us,” said East Oktibbeha head coach Randy Brooks. “We played really well on both sides of the ball. We had a few errors that we need to get corrected in practice, but overall, it was a great effort.”
James Brown paced the Titans offense, carrying the ball 11 times for 150 yards and four touchdowns.
Kortland Petty also had a big night for East Oktibbeha, running for 138 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns.
Terence Rice had 53 yards on the ground, including a 36-yard touchdown run.
“(Brown) ran the ball well and (Petty) came up big too,” said Brooks.
Defensively, Lanathan Brown had 11 tackles for the Titans.
Rice added an interception for East Oktibbeha.
The Titans dominated the game from the beginning, surging to a 20-0 lead by halftime before cruising to the win.
East Oktibbeha improved to 4-1 with the win.
The Titans return to action next week when they host West Lowndes.
Nanih Waiya 50,
West Oktibbeha 14
NANIH WAIYA – The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves trailed 27-0 after the first quarter and could not recover as they dropped their Class A, Region 3, District 4 opener at Nanih Waiya.
The only two scores for the Timberwolves came in the second quarter when Tiberias Lampkin had a 3-yard touchdown run and J.R. Love followed that up with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Lampkin had a good game defensively for West Oktibbeha with 14 tackles.
The Timberwolves, who fell to 2-2 overall, host Weir next Friday.
East Webster 12,
WALNUT – The East Webster Wolverines came back from a 7-0 halftime deficit to earn a victory on the road Friday night.
East Webster, which improved to 3-2 this season, collected 190 yards of total offense with 137 yards coming on the ground.
Codie McKee had 101 rushing yards on two plays for the Wolverines, including a 61-yard run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 7-6.
McKee added a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to give East Webster the advantage at 12-7.
Defensively, the Wolverines had five tackles for loss as a team for 35 yards and that total was helped by the two sacks of Brennan Sparks.
Thomas Brooks had 12 total tackles for East Webster and DeAngelo Liggins added nine total tackles. Jake Williams had a fumble recovery and Jermarcus Ivy blocked a punt.
After a three-game road trip, the Wolverines return home next Friday against St. Andrews.
Calhoun City 20,
CALHOUN CITY – The Eupora Eagles carried a three-game winning streak into Friday night's non-division showdown in Calhoun City. However, that streak came to end as the Wildcats picked up the win.
The Eagles trailed 20-0 after three quarters, but rallied late to get on the board as Vandy Smith ran in for a touchdown. Eupora chose to go for two, but they were unable to get into the end zone. The Eagles were unable to get in the end zone again, giving the Wildcats the win.
"Calhoun City is a good football team," said Graham. "We played extremely hard especially in the second half tonight, and we're getting better as a football team even though the score didn't look like it."
Smith was the Eagles leading rusher as he carried the ball 10 times for 90 yards and had the lone Eagle touchdown. Quarterback Trey Pittman didn't find the end zone through the air but did complete 11 of his 17 passes for 88 yards. Pittman's favorite receiver was Derrick Jones who had four catches for 39 yards.
Eupora falls to 3-2 this season, and will have next week off before getting into division play next when they host J.Z. George.