Madison Central wide receiver Logan Reed (8) catches a pass on a slant route from Jimmy Holiday (not pictured) before racing 34 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 28-14 win over Brandon Friday night in Madison.
Madison Central wide receiver Logan Reed (8) catches a pass on a slant route from Jimmy Holiday (not pictured) before racing 34 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 28-14 win over Brandon Friday night in Madison.
The mythos of Jimmy “The Jet” Holiday grew even more storied last week as the Madison Central quarterback propelled the No. 1 Jaguars to a convincing 28-14 win over No. 2 Brandon in the Jungle.

Holiday was simply unstoppable, rushing for 223 yards and accounting for three touchdowns on the ground and the other one through the air.

The TCU commit scored on a five yard run in the first half, then hit Logan Reed on a slant for a 41-yard touchdown pass before breaking free for touchdown runs of 64 and 85 yards in the second half.

“He did a great job, but you can’t forget about the folks around him,” Madison Central coach Anthony Hart said. “He had some really good seams to run through, but you can’t substitute for Jimmy’s football instincts and his speed. He put if where it needed to be when we threw it, too.”

Holliday completed 7 of 9 passes for 79 yards.

Brandon drove the field just twice - the Bulldogs (1-1) punched it in for six points on Zailon Johnson’s 5-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. The Bulldogs’ other score came in the fourth quarter on a 75-yard kick return after Big Blue had taken a 28-7 lead.

They drove the field again in the final minutes of the game, but the Madison Central defense held Brandon out of the end zone on six-straight plays inside their own 10-yard line and forced a turnover on downs to put the final nail in the Bulldogs’ coffin.

“It was one of the best goal-line stands I’ve ever seen in person,” Hart said. “We have eight new guys on that side of the ball and they are growing into a great defense. Every time we stopped them they lost what felt like a whole minute off the clock, and keeping them out of the end zone all together was the icing on the cake.”

MC senior Nick Carter and junior Creek Robinson led the way in stops with 13 tackles apiece. Juniors Will White and Braxton Bolden each made two big stops in the backfield and sophomore 

The win cemented Madison Central’s status as the No. 1 team in the state according to both the Clarion Ledger Super 10 and the MSGridiron.com poll.

Next up for the Jags is a trip to Rankin County for another early-season test against familiar foe Northwest Rankin. The Cougars are 0-2 after getting blown out 42-7 by Oxford in Week 1 and dropping a heartbreaker to Gulfport 21-14 in Week 2.

“They are going to right their ship over there,” Hart said. “Northwest has a great staff and a great program. They’ll be a tough challenge for us because they’ll play. It’s kind of a rivalry game and we’re going to have to play well to win. 

“They’ll beat us if we go into that environment unprepared.”