Here’s a look at how SBLive’s Top 10 Mississippi high school football teams fared in games played on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. (Feature photo by Keith Warren)
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED (OCT. 30-31)
1. Oak Grove (8-0) beat Pearl 47-7
Last week: Defeated Brandon 24-22
Kabe Barnett was simply sensational against the Pirates, who had no defense for him or his many weapons. Barnett completed 11 of 18 passes for 276 yards and five touchdown passes, and he ran three times for 33 yards, the big run a 22-yard dash for the Warriors’ third score. — GAME STORY
2. Oxford (8-0) beat Hernando 37-27
Last week: Defeated Olive Branch 39-0
The winning streak is now at 21 for Oxford. Trailing 20-13 at halftime, the Chargers scored 24 unanswered points to start the second half. — GAME STORY
3. D’Iberville (7-0) vs. Harrison Central, Monday @ 6 p.m.
Last week: Defeated Gulfport 22-13
Hurricane Zeta caused games to be shuffled all along the coast. This one will be played on Monday.
4. Starkville (6-2) forfeit loss to Warren Central
Last week: Bye
The Yellowjackets have been in COVID-19 quarantine for nearly two weeks. They’re planning to return to action next week at Clinton in their regular season finale.
5. Picayune (8-1) lost to Pascagoula 42-25 on Saturday
Last week: Defeated Pearl River Central 48-7
In a game that was pushed to Saturday because of Hurricane Zeta, the Maroon Tide could not stop Pascagoula quarterback Keilon Parnell. He hit on 10-of-13 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns and ran the ball six times for 31 yards and a touchdown. — GAME STORY
6. Northwest Rankin (7-2) lost to Brandon 42-21
Last week: Defeated Pearl 23-21
The Bulldogs got 117 rushing yards out of freshman tailback Nathaniel Blount and ran for 400 yards as a team in a stunning 42-21 win over the No. 6 Cougars. Brandon more than doubled the Cougars in time of possession, 32:42 to 15:18. — GAME STORY + PHOTOS
7. Warren Central (6-2) lost to South Panola 36-35 in double OT
Last week: Lost to Clinton 31-16
In an instant classic, the Vikings suffered a heart-breaking double overtime loss despite a terrific performance from quarterback Kentrick Thompson. D’mariun Perteet converted the game-winning two-point conversion for South Panola in the second OT. — GAME STORY
8. Ridgeland (6-2) forfeit loss to Holmes County Central
Last week: defeated Neshoba Central 33-29
Less than one week after picking up the program’s biggest win in several years — a 33-29 win over then-No. 3 Neshoba Central — the Titans had to forfeit their regular-season finale against Holmes County Central because of positive COVID-19 cases. Depending on what happens in next week’s Holmes County vs. Vicksburg game, the Titans could end up tumbling from the top seed coming out of Region 2 all the way to the third seed.
9. Neshoba Central (7-1) forfeit win over Cleveland Central
Last week: Lost to Ridgeland 33-29
The Rockets don’t currently have a game scheduled for next week, so they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the playoffs.
10. Newton County (9-0) beat Northeast Jones 50-0
Last week: Defeated Florence 30-13
The last unbeaten team in 4A, the Cougars have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 339 to 46. It’s now on to the 4A state playoffs.