Each week, SBLive’s Tyler Cleveland ranks the top 10 teams in Mississippi high school football, regardless of classification.
Here’s a look at the SBLive Mississippi Power 10 Rankings for the week of Monday, Sept. 27.
Editor’s note: The MHSAA said last week it did not intend to count non-region losses accrued by forfeits or cancellations for non-region games due to COVID-19. Previous iterations of these rankings had counted those games as losses. This week’s rankings have been updated to reflect the correct records.
SBLIVE MISSISSIPPI POWER 10
1. Greenville Christian (6-1)
Last Week: No. 2
Last Friday: defeated Riverside 44-0
This Friday: at Jackson Academy
The Saints kept rolling, beating Riverside 44-0 in a game that could have had a running clock from the first whistle. They’ve got a bigger test this week, traveling back to Jackson to face a retooled and revamped Jackson Academy team.
2. Oak Grove (3-1)
Last Week: No. 3
Last Friday: Defeated Warren Central 37-20
This Friday: hosts Petal
The Warriors responded to their first loss in a big way with a three-score win over a good Warren Central team on the road. That’s a big victory to open Region 3-6A play for the defending 6A Champs. They’re heavy favorites at home this week against cross-town rival Petal.
3. Ocean Springs (4-0)
Last Week: No. 4
Last Friday: Defeated Hancock 45-21
This Friday: At D’Iberville
Hancock was determined to take away the big play, so Bray Hubbard and that Ocean Springs offense just took what they could get underneath and rolled to a 24-point win over the previously unbeaten Hawks. The showdown with D’Iberville this week will be appointment viewing.
4. Starkville (5-0)
Last Week: No. 7
Last Friday: Defeated Madison Central 35-28
This Friday: hosts Clinton
Coach Chris Jones thinks his Yellow Jackets still have a long way to go to reach their full potential, and that’s a scary thought. Sophomore quarterback Trey Petty is a star in the making, and if Starkville can do a better job of containing the run against opposing offense, they may be the best team in the state.
5. Madison Central (3-1)
Last Week: No. 1
Last Friday: Lost to Starkville 35-28
This Friday: hosts Grenada
The Jaguars almost pulled off the road win, but the defense couldn’t come up with a stop in the final five minutes of the game. The Jaguars are still one of the toughest outs in Region 2, and they’ll likely get a chance to avenge that loss in the North State Playoffs.
6. West Point (2-0)
Last Week: No. 6
Last Friday: Defeated Lafayette 17-0
This Friday: hosts New Hope
Coach Chris Chambless just seems to plug new guys into a system that has worked for a decade, and 2021 appears to be a new chapter in the same story. It’s a small sample size, but the offense seems to be getting better and the defense is suffocating. They held Lafayette under 100 yards on Friday night.
7. Oxford (3-2)
Last Week: No. 5
Last Friday: Defeated Murrah 38-0
This Friday: hosts No. 10 Tupelo
The Chargers didn’t look sharp against Murrah, despite the lop-sided final score. But a win is a win, and progress is progress. Coach Chris Cutcliffe’s crew has a great opportunity to pick up a big win against an undefeated Tupelo team Friday.
8. South Panola (3-0)
Last Week: No. 8
Last Friday: Defeated Hernando 25-9
This Friday: hosts Olive Branch
The Tigers just keep rolling along and flying under the radar because they aren’t putting up video game numbers like some of the other ranked teams. Coach Ricky Woods is probably just fine with that. They will be heavy favorites against Olive Branch at home this week.
9. Harrison Central (4-0)
Last Week: No. 9
Last Friday: Defeated Pascagoula 33-31
This Friday: at Biloxi
You don’t want to get into a track meet with the Red Rebels and that potent offense, and Pascagoula became the latest team to fall into that trap. Harrison Central will likely be favored the next three weeks against St. Martin, Gulfport and Hancock before they finish he season with huge tests against D’Iberville and Ocean Springs.
10. Tupelo (5-0)
Last Week: No. 10
Last Friday: Defeated Grenada 35-6
This Friday: at No. 7 Oxford
Tupelo is another 6A team that is kind of flying under the radar despite a 5-0 start. The Golden Wave defense looked pretty good against that potent Grenada running game last week, and stopping the run will take you a long way in Region 2. If they can do the same against Oxford this week, they’ll be moving up in next week’s rankings.
Dropped out: NA
(Feature photo by Keith Warren)