Provine, Callaway pick up wins in JPS high school football kickoff showcase

JACKSON — High school football in the City with Soul made its triumphant return Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, with Provine blanking Lanier 19-0 and Callaway beating Murrah, 18-2 in the first annual JPS High School Football Kickoff showcase.

It was the first game for all four teams since the entire Jackson Public Schools system missed the 2020 season due to Covid-19.

“Today was a great day for football in Jackson,” JPS Director of Athletics Daryl Jones said. “All four teams competed hard and it was just great to see our teams playing again. Then to have them all here so our fans and come out and see all the teams on the same field, it was great.”

In the first game, Provine receiver Zaquan Moss caught touchdown passes of 60 and 14 yards to put the Rams ahead of Lanier 13-0 in the first half. Junior Brandon Jones scored the other touchdown in the third quarter to put the game away.

In the second game, Callaway put up 18 points in the first half and held on for the win despite a uncharacteristically sloppy performance. The Chargers (1-0) got things going with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Rkhyzon Cleveland to Kedarius Wade in the first quarter, then scored on defense with a strip sack in the end zone by junior defensive end Chris Brown.

The Mustangs’ lone score came in the second half when a long snap sailed over the head of the Callaway punter and out of the end zone. The two teams combined for 32 penalty flags. Callaway was called for 11 false starts.

The win was the first for first-year Charger coach Dameon Jones.

“Just glad we were able to get out and play a game,” Jones said. “And even happier we were able to come away with a win in my first game as a head coach. We’ve got plenty to clean up and work on, but I was proud of how hard the guys played.”

Provine (1-0) will face Callaway next Friday night.

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