Tri-County Academy’s Cade Shepherd scrambles thanks to blocking help from Donovan Carr and Carson Boutwell.
Tri-County Academy’s Cade Shepherd scrambles thanks to blocking help from Donovan Carr and Carson Boutwell.
Riverfield 50, Tri-County Academy 49

Both the fans and Tri-County probably had no idea what they were in store for in Rayville, La. with a minute left in the third quarter when Cade Shepherd ran in a seven-yard touchdown that gave TCA the 40-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.

After that, the Raiders put on their hard hats and went to work rattling off three unanswered touchdowns, each followed by a two-point conversion.

Down 42-41 with two minutes left in the game, Shepherd drove the Rebels down the field and completed a 12-yard pass to Jojo Jones and followed that up with a rushing two-point conversion on the PAT.

That put Tri-County ahead 49-42, but the Raiders marched right down the field on the ensuing possession and punched it in for a touchdown. They went for the win, and the Rebels couldn’t keep them out of the end zone on the two-point conversion to secure the win.

The 1-1 Rebels look to bounce back with Sylva Bay at home this Friday. The Saints are coming off back to back losses to Wayne Academy 25-14 last week and Brookhaven Academy 43-31 Week 1.

Ridgeland 37, Forest Hill 26

It took three second-half touchdowns, but Ridgeland avoided the let down in Week 2 against Forest Hill with a workmanlike 37-26 win over the Patriots.

The win moved the Titans to 2-0 under first-year coach David White.

"A win is a win," White said Wednesday. "How we're playing the game is more important than what the results are right now. We've played tough, showed resilience."

Now, the real fun starts - Ridgeland travels to Pearl this weekend for a showdown with John Perry's 2-0 Pirates team.

Most prognosticators had Pearl going through a rebuilding year, but the Pirates have turned a lot of heads. They beat Clinton 32-22 in Week 1 and crushed Warren Central 42-0 last week.

"They are very well coached," White said. "They've got some big, nasty guys up front on offense and defense, and we're going to have to find a way to slow them down."

Germantown 30, Neshoba Central 27

Talking about coming through in the clutch - Dylan Wasson was the hero Friday night in Philadelphia as the junior came through with a 24-yard, game-winning field goal to send the Mavericks to 2-0.

Junior tailback Nick Barnes hit the jets on a 64-yard touchdown run to put Germantown on the board in the first quarter.

Rockets star Jarquez Hunter, who holds seven FBS scholarship offers, responded with a 34-yard touchdown run to knot it up at 7-7. But Barnes added his second score of the night from 2 yards out and Colton Gardner hit Tykwon Wade for a 39-yard touchdown pass to give the Mavs the 21-7 lead at the halftime break.

Tyler Mathis pulled the Rockets within one score with a 20-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter, but Barnes again found the end zone to extend the Germantown lead to 27-14 after Wasson’s extra point attempt failed.

Hunter went off in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard touchdown run and an 84-yard reception for another score that tied the game 27-27 with seven minutes to go.

The Mavericks got the ball back and drove from their 37-yard line deep into Neshoba territory to set up Wasson’s game-winning kick in the final minute.

Neshoba fell to 0-2. 

Germantown hosts Canton this week.


Canton 26, Terry 13

Canton High School is 2-0 coming off a 26-13 victory over Terry (1-1) as they prepare to face Madison County School’s Germantown.

The Tigers excelled on defense led by Sophomore linebacker Damon Lewis who took 11 tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble for a 40 yard gain.

Seven tigers would record sacks led by Senior Azarius Travis with two for a net loss of seven yards. Junior Quinzavious Warren also had two and Dwight Clanton joined Lewis with one. Seniors Nyles Montgomery and Tylan Anderson recorded a gang sack with the help of Freshman Montrayvious Carter.

Titus Williams, a senior, had a marquee night recording six tackles and knocking three passes out of the air. Williams joined the Tiger turnover assault by causing a fumble. Warren caused two fumbles.

Lendylan Gardner also returned a fumble for 40 yards.

St. Andrew’s 27, Newton 20

The Saints (1-1) got it done on the ground in Week 2, pounding out 335 rushing yards on 58 carries to run past Newton 27-20. 

With that veteran line paving the way, Lleyton Carr and Jamon Harkless combined for 303 rushing yards with four touchdowns.

Carr picked up three of the Saint’s four touchdowns.

Fumbles almost bit St. Andrew’s late in the game, but the Saints’ defense, led by Harkless with and Jace Roach - who were both credited with 16 tackles - made some big plays down the stretch.

Aaron Cooper recorded an interception and two tackles.

The Saints face a familiar foe this week with a trip to Pisgah, which is 2-0 with wins over Puckett and Bogue Chitto.


Vicksburg 19, Velma Jackson 14

Velma Jackson fell to 0-2 with a Week 2 loss to 1-1 Vicksburg. 

Vicksburg went into the half with the game buttoned up at 19-0. Some fourth quarter brilliance from the Falcons closed the gap to 14-19 before the evening was over, but was not enough to seal the deal.

Gator quarterback Shakori Regan finished with 278 yards of total offense and scored with his arm and with his feet. Ced Phillips finished with 122 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run.

Falcons coach Bernard Euell is banking on his Falcons being battle-tested with region play starts. His team owns respectable losses to two solid 5A opponents and has a shot at taking down another one this week when the Falcons host 1-1 Natchez.

The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking 22-20 home loss to Jefferson County. This follows a decisive week one triumph over Wilkinson County in Woodville. 

Jackson Academy 34, Leake Academy 0

The Raiders (1-1) took out the frustration from a Week 1 loss to Pillow Academy by thrashing Leake Academy 34-0.

Jackson Academy controlled the line of scrimmage on defense, holding Leake to 91 rushing yards on 45 attempts.

Parker Ryan and Marcus Harris combined for 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

JA left the game in reach at the half with a modest ten-point lead but laid any inkling of a Rebel rally to waste by hanging a 24-0 shutout in the second half.

Jackson Academy heads to MRA (3-0) this Friday.


Jackson Prep 48, Simpson Academy 0

After a head-scratcher of a loss in Week 1, the Patriots beat the breaks off Simpson Academy to return to their winning ways.

Prep (1-1) rolled to 254 yards on the ground, led by junior Matt Jones, who finished with seven carries for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also caught a 28-yard pass for another score.

He was one of four Patriots to record touchdowns. Junior Jeffery Ince was joined by Sophomores William Deas and Mason Kimbell with rushing touchdowns. Ince only had two carries for 50 yards.

Junior Mason Nichols also caught 19-yard pass for a TD.

Senior defensive end JC Polk earned seven tackles on the evening. Sophomores Ford Smith and Luke Williams recorded a sack for a loss and an interception respectively. Smith recorded three tackles on the evening.

The game was all but over at halftime with Prep boasting a 34 point shutout. those who stuck around would have seen the Patriots find two more touchdowns before going home with the shutout win.

Next up for Prep is a trip to Amite, La. to meet Oak Forest Academy, which is 1-1 coming off a 46-14 win over Central Hinds.


Cathedral 18, St. Joe 14

St. Joe lost their second outing of the season with an 18-14 gut check at home against the 1-1 Cathedral Green Wave from Natchez.

The Bruins will host undefeated Richland at home this week. The Rangers are coming off a 42-12 drubbing of 0-2 New Orleans Home School Saints Football Team in Richland. Madison County fans got an early peek at the Rangers when they took a 26-13 Week 1 victory in Ridgeland over St. Andrews.


Hartfield Academy 42, Canton Academy 10

The Panthers fell to 0-2 with a lop-sided 42-10 loss on the road at Hartfield Academy. The road doesn’t get any easier this week as Canton Academy plays host to Pillow Academy, a team that holds wins over Jackson Academy and Indianola Academy.