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, Oct. 11.
SBLIVE MISSISSIPPI POWER 10
1. Greenville Christian (7-1)
Last week: No. 1
Friday night: Off
This week: Off
The Saints had last week’s game canceled and couldn’t find a replacement. They’ve been trying to find an opponent for this week, sending letters and emails to every coach and school in the Deep South with an open date this weekend, but have yet to schedule a game for this weekend, either.
2. Oak Grove (5-1)
Last week: No. 2
Friday night: Beat Meridian 52-34
This week: vs. Terry (1-4)
The Grovers were up 14-0, then trailed 28-14 and rallied to win by 18 points. The offense showed much improvement, but questions remain for a defense that gave up 444 rushing yards to the unranked Wildcats (4-3). They’ll have another week to get that under control before things get really hairy with road trips to Brandon (4-2) and Pearl (6-1) in the last two weeks in October.
3. Ocean Springs (6-0)
Last week: No. 3
Thursday night: Beat Biloxi 35-0
This week: at Pascagoula (1-5)
Quarterback Bray Hubbard was dealing with a cut on his throwing hand, but that was about all the drama this week as the Greyhounds rolled over Biloxi (1-5). David Humphries has emerged as one of the most productive backs in the state after rushing for 925 yards and eight touchdowns in the first six games of the season.
4. Starkville (7-0)
Last week: No. 4
Friday night: Beat Tupelo 28-21
This week: at Murrah (1-6)
The underclassmen-heavy Yellow Jackets may have arrived a year or two early, but they are here now. Starkville is 3-0 in Region 2 play after beating Madison Central, Clinton and Tupelo — each by one touchdown — in consecutive weeks. We don’t know how far these super sophomores can take the Jackets, but it sure is fun to watch.
5. Madison Central (5-1)
Last week: No. 5
Friday night: Beat Clinton 34-17
This week: hosts Tupelo (5-2)
The Jaguars did everything well in Friday night’s road win over the Arrows, as Robert Dumas Jr., DeAndre Pullen and the Jags ground game found plenty of room to run and Vic Sutton hooked up with Isaiah Spencer for a couple of touchdown passes. They’ll host a hungry Tupelo team coming off back-to-back losses this week, and every game from here on out is crazy important if they want to keep pace with Starkville in the Region 2 race.
6. West Point (4-0)
Last week: No. 6
Friday night: Beat Cleveland Central 48-14
This week: at Lake Cormorant (4-3)
The Green Wave defense has been absolutely dominant, and the offense is getting better. They rolled to 410 rushing yards Friday night against Cleveland Central, rolling to a 48-0 lead before pulling the starters in the fourth quarter. They’ll be favored this week against Lake Cormorant, and doesn’t have another game scheduled against a team that currently has a winning record.
7. Oxford (4-2)
Last week: No. 7
Friday night: Beat Germantown 37-28
This week: at Clinton (2-4)
Oxford struggled defensively early and was down 21-14 at the half against Germantown Friday night, but rallied to win their third game in as many weeks after starting the season 1-2. The lats four games on the schedule are absolutely brutal, with one home game against Grenada (5-2) and road trips to Clinton (2-4), Starkville (7-0) and Madison Central (5-1).
8. South Panola (5-0)
Last week: No. 8
Thursday night: Beat Southaven 14-6
This week: at Lewisburg (1-4)
The Tigers don’t have the same type of explosive offense they enjoyed in the program’s hay day, but the defense has stepped it up big time. Friday’s win over Southaven was the third time in the first five games South Panola has held its opponent to single digits. If the Tigers can win this week, it’ll set up a huge game for Oct. 22 when DeSoto Central comes calling.
9. West Jones (5-1)
Last week: No. 10
Friday night: Beat South Jones 41-7
This week: at Florence (1-5)
The Mustangs have looked unstoppable since Week 1. The offense has scored at least three touchdowns in every game, and the defense has given up one touchdown in the past 20 quarters. The region schedule is back-loaded, with key games against Laurel (4-1) and at Wayne County (4-0) looming on Oct. 22 and Nov. 4, respectively.
10. Harrison Central (5-0)
Last week: No. 9
Friday night: Beat St. Martin 33-13
This week: hosts Gulfport (5-2)
The Red Rebels took a 14-7 lead into the half and scored 19 unanswered in the third quarter to move to 3-0 in Region 4-6A. The road gets much, much tougher from here, but a win over Gulfport Friday night will put Harrison Central in the best possible position going into the home stretch. The slide from No. 9 to No. 10 in this week’s rankings is more about West Jones than the Red Rebels.
Dropped out: NA
(Feature photo by Keith Warren)