Here’s a look at how SBLive’s Top 10 Mississippi high school football teams fared in games played on Friday, Oct. 23. (Feature photo by Keith Warren)
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED (OCT. 23)
1. Oak Grove (7-0) beat Brandon 24-22
It was ugly, but the top-ranked Warriors survived. “I hope so,” said Warrior coach Drew Causey when asked if the outcome was a wake-up call for his team, which had not been seriously challenged in its six previous games. “We definitely didn’t play with the energy the way we needed to play. To be honest, I felt like we played awful.” — GAME STORY
Last week: Defeated Terry 58-14
2. Warren Central (5-1) lost to Clinton 31-16
The Vikings gave up a season-high 31 points as another Power 10 team tumbles. Warren Central now has to regroup for a matchup with Starkville on Oct. 30. — GAME STORY
Last week: Bye
3. Neshoba Central (6-1) lost to Ridgeland 33-29
Zy McDonald accounted for all five Ridgeland touchdowns — four passing and one rushing — as the Titans made a statement. — GAME STORY
Last week: Bye
4. Oxford (7-0) beat Olive Branch 39-0
After charging up the Power 10 rankings to No. 4, Oxford looked impressive in a shutout of Olive Branch. Xavier Walton led the defensive effort with three interceptions. The Chargers have now won 20 consecutive games.
Last week: Defeated Horn Lake 50-27
5. D’Iberville (7-0) beat Gulfport 22-13
The Warriors took care of business against the Admirals, and now they turn their attention to next week’s showdown at Harrison Central. — GAME STORY
Last week: Defeated Hancock 34-14
6. Starkville (6-1) bye
After Madison Central’s loss to South Panola, the Jackets are in great shape in Region 2-6A.
Last week: Lost to Madison Central 15-9
7. Picayune (8-0) beat Pearl River Central 48-7
The Maroon Tide have now won 12 consecutive road games.
Last week: Defeated Long Beach 42-13
8. Madison Central (6-3) lost to South Panola 12-10
One week after knocking off No. 1 Starkville, the Jaguars fall to South Panola. D’mariun Perteet scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard run midway through the third quarter. — GAME STORY
Last week: Defeated Starkville 15-9
9. Northwest Rankin (7-1) beat Pearl 23-21
After a lengthy lightning delay, Northwest Rankin pulled out a last-second victory for the second consecutive week. And it was kicker Christian Baglione coming through with the game-winning field goal again, this time a 34-yarder as time expired.
Last week: Defeated Petal 31-30
10. Lake Cormorant (5-2) lost to Grenada 12-10
One week after making their season debut in the SBLive Power 10, the Gators drop a heart-breaker to Grenada.
Last week: Defeated Columbus 28-0