Several blowouts dotted the schedule of area games played Friday night as the slate was lighter than usual. Only six total games, including the Corinth/MRA contest, made up the area menu.
That does not include the Thrasher/Baldwyn game, won 2-0 by the Rebels via forfeit due to the Bearcats being in quarantine due to the coronavirus. It marks the first win of the season for head coach Jason Allen’s club who didn’t even have to show up and play to win the contest.
Following are summaries of other area games played Friday night, September 25.
Biggersville 52 Myrtle 0
The unbeaten Lions had an easy time on the road as they dominated in every area of the game in a 52-0 Division 1-1A win over the Hawks, moving to 4-0.
It was the division opener for both teams.
“The ironic thing is that we had scored twice before our offense ever got on the field,” said Biggersville head coach Stan Platt.
Zae Davis returned Myrtle’s first two punts for touchdowns, opening up a 16-0 cushion before BHS quarterback Drew Rowsey and the Lions offense got their first chance to score.
Drew had another good game and played really well and Goldman (Butler) just did what Goldman does,” said Platt. “On top of everything we had three touchdowns called back or Goldman would have likely gone for over 200 yards.”
Butler, the senior all-state running back, finished with 168 yards and four more touchdowns on 16 carries, a 10.5 yard average per rush.
Rowsey was super efficient for the fourth straight game as he completed 5-7 passes for 67 yards although he did not throw a TD in the game for the first time this season.
Drew’s brother Dylan relieved him, leading the Lions for most of the second half. He finished with 120 yards on just five carries, with a long run of 72.
Davis returned the Hawks first punt 70 yards for a TD before adding a 65-yard punt return moments later as Myrtle went three-and-out for a second time.
Butler scored Biggersville’s initial offensive touchdown on a four-yard run in the first quarter before his six-yard run minutes later made it 30-0 Lions.
Zyonn Mayes led the BHS receiving corp with four catches for 38 yards. Biggersville out-gained Myrtle 434-151 as they pitched their second straight shutout.
“Our defense was tremendous again and I was pleased with the win as every player that dressed out for us was able to see action,” said Platt.
The Lions return home next Friday for a homecoming date with Ashland. The Blue Devils were 30-0 winners over Falkner Friday night.
Tishomingo County 41 Alcorn Central 7
The Braves made it a successful homecoming as they defeated Alcorn Central 41-7 Friday night to improve to 2-2 heading into a huge home matchup with Corinth next Friday.
Senior TC running back Gavin Crocker had a career night with five rushing touchdowns while Tyriek Duckett added a 20-yard pick-6 in the opening quarter as Tishomingo County built a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.
The Golden Bears scored in the third when Parker Rushing hauled in a 68-yard scoring pass from Talon Kemp.
“Our defense really shined tonight as coach Hawthorne did a great job calling the game on that side,” said TC head coach Richard Russo. “Hats off to Central and coach (Matt) Meeks. They came at us and were ready to play. When we got up early we kind of took our foot off the pedal and relaxed. But at halftime we challenged the players to turn it up a notch in all three phases and they responded big-time. It was our best second half defensively the entire year.”
For the first time in four games Braves quarterback Blake Counce did not throw a touchdown pass but he didn’t have to with Crocker headlining the offensive show.
Senatobia 49 Kossuth 22
It was close at halftime as the Aggies seemed primed to upset the visiting Warriors on homecoming trailing by a single point, 21-20.
But Kossuth managed just two second half points, recording a safety, as Senatobia pulled away for a 49-22 win at Larry B Mitchell Stadium.
The Aggies ran 66 total offensive plays compared to 39 for the Warriors but Senatobia took full advantage of their opportunities. The total yardage favored the visitors 372-321. However, Kossuth suffered four turnovers and Senatobia’s diminutive 5-5, 140-pound running back Kentavious Mack reportedly ran circles around the KHS defense.
Zamarius Alexander paced the Kossuth offense, rushing for 172 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns, including the games first score on a three-yard run.
After torturing Corinth a week earlier for over 200 yards passing and three touchdowns, senior QB Brock Seago was 4-10 passing for 42 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Warriors.
The 1-3 Aggies will continue their two-game home stand next Friday when they host Amory. The Panthers fell 31-10 to New Albany Friday.
McNairy Central 35 Harding Academy 7
The Bobcats earned a 35-7 road win over Harding Academy in Memphis Friday night, improving to 2-4 on the season heading into the final leg of a four-game road trip at Bolivar Central next Friday.
“We didn’t really play well in the first half,” said MC head coach Brian Franks. “We only had a 6-0 lead at the break but we made some nice adjustments in the second half and played a lot better.”
McNairy scored their lone first half TD on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Jack Johnson to Broderick Alexander.
“Jack is getting better every game as we begin to find ourselves on offense,” said Franks.
‘Cats running back Tyler Luster scored twice while Johnson added a pair of scoring tosses in the decisive win.
McNairy Central produced their best defensive game of the season, holding the Lions to 25 yards of total offense.
South Pontotoc 38 Walnut 7
The Wildcats lost for the first time this season as they suffered a 38-7 road loss at South Pontotoc, a team they had beaten all three times they have played each other over the past 15 years.
Attempts to reach the Walnut staff for scoring information went unanswered. The 3-1 ‘Cats will return home to host JZ George next Friday for homecoming.