The Germantown Mavericks (1-0) opened their season with a first - their first win as a 6A program with a decisive 42-24 victory over DeSoto Central (0-1) in Southaven.

Head Coach Tim Shramek said that he was happy with the way his team handled their first outing.

“The biggest thing is that we are just really proud of our kids and how they handled a tough game on a hot night after a long road trip,” Shramek said Monday. “Now that we have this game in the books, it is on to the next one.”

Instrumental in the win was the Mav’s stampeding ground game. Four players received touches Friday night, led by junior Nick Barnes, who had 19 carries for 72 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore Branson Robinson who had 16 carries for 121 yards. Robinson also punched in a two-point conversion on Germantown’s third possession of the first quarter.

The Mavs didn’t exactly air it out, but still managed 82 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. Junior Colton Gardner completed six of 10 pass attempts, one of which was a touchdown pass to Senior Ojavien Francis, who finished with four receptions for 48 yards.

Junior Kicker Dylan Wasson converted all four of his PAT attempts. 

The offense racked up a total of 280 yards.

Germantown built a commanding 28-6 halftime lead. The Jaguars (0-1) outscored the Mavs in the second half, 18-14, but it was not enough to overcome Germantown’s big first half.

A.J. Edwards had an impact early with a first-quarter interception that took GHS to the Jaguar’s 22-yard line and resulted in Barnes first touchdown of the evening. Senior L’arthur Hester and Sophomore Dillon Lewis also recorded interceptions.

Edwards also blocked a field goal attempt by DeSoto and recorded four tackles.

Sophomore linebacker Devin Arrington led Germantown in stops with 11 tackles. Senior Luke Lary had 10.

Next week Germantown will head to Neshoba Central. The Rockets (0-1) lost their home season opener 30-20 to Grenada. Shramek said he is expecting a “physical” football game from a “historically physical” team.

“That's what I will be preparing them for in practice and team meetings this week,” he said. 

Ridgeland edges Ocean Springs

Ridgeland opened the season with a quality win over 6A opponent Ocean Springs, 24-21 in the Greyhounds own backyard.

The Titans (1-0) set the tone early on the coast, building a 10-0 lead in the first half. Despite some inspired late gameplay from Ocean Springs, the Titans maintained their lead with two second-half touchdowns.

The Titan defense did just enough to stave off a late Greyhound rally, benefiting from three interceptions.

This week, the Titans will host their home opener against JPS foe Forest Hill who is coming off a 45-13 season-opening loss to St. Martin in Ocean Springs.

Canton tops Velma

Canton opened their season with a 28-14 win over cross-county rival Velma Jackson in Canton.

The Falcons (0-1) opened the game with a bang, putting 14 unanswered points on the board. The Tigers (1-0) responded by hanging 14 of their own in the second quarter, rendering a tie game at halftime.

Canton’s depth took over in the second half. With Velma Jackson’s starters gassed, the Falcons were unable to keep the Tiger offense from putting together long touchdown drives in both the third and fourth quarters.

“I think we really took the air out of them when we scored in the third quarter,” CHS Coach Clavin Bolton said.

That score came on a 56-yard pass from senior quarterback Jacobian Morgan to junior Tyrese Dunbar.

Semaj Peel started the Tiger’s scoring streak with an 85-yard tackle-breaking run into the end zone. He had another 85-yard run called back for holding later in the game.

The two other Canton touchdowns came from an 88-yard pass to Senior Tight End Jordan Davis and a two-yard sprint from Morgan.

This week, the Tigers will host the 1-0 Bulldogs from Terry, who whipped Raymond 55-0 in their first game last week.

Velma will host 0-1 Vicksburg this week. The Gators are coming off a 42-0 drubbing to Madison central in the Red Carpet Classic at Warren Central.

Richland upends Saints

St. Andrew’s opened its season on a sour note at home, dropping a 26-13 contest to Richland.

The Saints (0-1) kept it close in the first half, but couldn’t slow down the Rangers’ running game in the second half.

Senior Lleyton Carr scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns late in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 13-6, but Richland added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put it away.

Carr and senior quarterback Aaron Cooper carried most of the offensive weight, with Carr rushing for 49 yards on 11 carries and producing two touchdowns and Cooper finishing with 90 yards on the ground and 23 through the air with two completions. 

Cooper also recorded an interception on defense.

Sophomore P.J. Bryson led Saints defenders with 19 tackles and a sack. Carr and sophomore Jason Harkless both finished with 12 total stops and Carr also recorded a sack.

This week, the Saints travel to Newton, which already has two losses under its belt, including a 14-0 shutout at the hands of undefeated West Lowndes (2-0) and a 30-14 loss to Morton at home last week.

St. Joe stumbles

St. Joe Catholic School opened the season by running into a buzzsaw with a 46-0 shutout loss to St. Stanislaus in in Bay St. Louis.

The 2A Bruins (0-1) were punching well above their weight against the 5A Rock-a-Chaws, and recorded just seven first downs in 45 total offensive plays. Stanislaus rolled to 393 yards of total offense, including 243 yards on the ground.

This week, St. Joseph is preparing to host Natchez-Cathedral, which is also looking for its first win after dropping its opener to Bowling Green (La.) 20-0.

TCA whipped in opener

Tri-County Academy took the two hour trip to Greenville for their season opener and returned to Flora with 37-12 W over Greenville Christian.

The Rebels (1-0) put it away early and rolled into halftime with a 23-0 lead. The Saints (0-1) scored twice in the second half, but could not keep pace with TCA’s continued offensive assault.

The win vaulted the Rebels to ninth in the Mississippi Gridiron MAIS Top 10 poll for week one and took the top spot in Class 4A over Brookhaven Academy, North Delta, bowling Green and Riverfield.

This week, Tri-County will head to Rayville, La. to face the Riverfield Academy Raiders, who recorded a 36-8 win over Central Hinds in Raymond last week.

Heritage stuns Prep

Jackson Prep is looking for answers after playing the upset-victim in a 24-15 loss to Heritage Academy in Columbus to begin the season.

Junior Matt Jones carried the ball 16 times for 49 yards and the team’s two touchdowns. He was joined by fellow Junior Jeffery Ince as two of seven Patriots to record touches and positive yardage. Ince ran for 34 yards on two carries, the further of which went for 25 yards.

Senior QB Jake Lange had a rough night, completing only eight of 22 passes for 41 yards with two interceptions. The silver lining came with a late-game two-point conversion into the arms of Junior running back Braedon Mabry.

The Patriots put up just 103 yards of total offense.

Prep went into the half nursing a 7-3 lead with three turnovers. The Patriots (0-1) could not maintain the scant lead as Heritage’s run game found its footing.

Junior Riley Maddox led the defense with eight tackles on the evening and an interception. Senior defensive linemen Reed Kellum and sophomorelLinebacker Sam Mcmullan both caused fumbles and senior JC Polk recorded one sack and one assisted sack. Vellum and Mcmullan also recorded assisted sacks.

SzzxzZenior Holmes Maley caused a fumble, blocked an extra point attempt and recorded one sack and two tackles.

This week, Prep will host Simpson Academy. The Cougars (1-0) are flying high off a 20-12 home opener win against Columbia Academy in Mendenhall.

Despite the week one loss, Prep still sits at number two in the Mississippi Gridiron Class 6A MAIS rankings between MRA and Parklane Academy. Heritage’s two victories this season puts them at the top of Class 5A ahead of Simpson.

Pillow smothers JA

Jackson Academy will head into Week 2 searching for its first win following Friday’s 26-21 loss to Pillow Academy in Greenwood.

The first JA drive opened it up with a bang as Andrew Holmes connected with Williams Janous for a 66-yard touchdown on the third play of the game. 

But turnovers wound up being a huge story as the Raiders lost 4 fumbles. The Mustangs capitalized on those Raider miscues, scoring 19 unanswered points and holding on late.

Pillow QB Shane Houston Stephens had two TD passes to overcome three interceptions. The Mustangs took a 26-14 lead before Ja'Ree Myers got the Raiders back to within a score with a 73 yard KO return with 3:24 left, but Pillow killed the clock after that.

JA will host Leake Academy next Friday night at The Brickyard at 7 p.m. in their home opener. 

Despite the loss, JA currently sits at number five in the Mississippi Gridiron Class 6A MAIS rankings right under 1-0 Presbyterian Christian.

Canton Academy falls to Copiah

Canton Academy is searching for answers after dropping a 17-6 home season opener to Copiah Academy.

CA will travel to Flowood to take on Hartfield Academy this week. Hartfield won their first game against St. Aloysius 29-10 in Vicksburg.