It’s early, but 1-4A is cray, cray


Shannon, Amory and Pontotoc are 1-0 inside Division 1-4A. Division favorites Itawamba AHS and Corinth are 0-1. Quite a reversal of what we all through was going to be after Pontotoc beat Corinth and Amory beat IAHS.

Still four games to go for each, but Friday is a big night with IAHS hosting Shannon and Amory at Pontotoc. As my friend Dale Leonard pointed out, the winner of Amory at Pontotoc would take a big step in landing a home playoff game.

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Video recap: Calhoun City topples No. 1


Calhoun City drove 93 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive Friday at No. 1 East Webster. The bus drove home with a 28-7 win.

Here is my story and some video to recap it.

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Scores from Saturday, Oct. 3

East Union 21, Mooreville 10
East Webster 13, Noxapater 5
East Webster 16, Wheeler 1
South Pontotoc 9, Houston 0
South Pontotoc 12, Eupora 10

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Episode 2 of the shamefully titled “@brandonspeck show”


Thank you to the seven people, counting my mother, who watched last week’s debut of the @brandonspeck show. For your viewing pleasure and your MHSAA Week 7 football preview, here is Episode 2. (I apologize to my wife for continuing to do this).

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I interrupt your football to bring you: HOOPS!


May I interrupt your day to talk about something important? Basketball.

Here is a piece I did on November’s Lighthouse Classic, with players to watch and a schedule.

Players to watch


Conner McKay, 6-foot, Sr., G

Coby Agnew 6-foot-1, Jr. F

Felix Hayes, 6-foot-2, Jr. G/F


Devonte Spears, 6-foot, So., G

Bolton (Tenn.)

Jaylen Fisher, 6-foot-2, Sr. G (4-star considering Baylor, Indiana, Memphis, UNLV, Arkansas, LSU)


Decardo Day, 6-foot-4, Sr., G


Robert Woodard, 6-foot-5, So., SF (5-star, Top player in Mississippi, Offers from Alabama and Baylor)


Antares Gwyn, 6-foot-2, Sr., F

Axavius Strickland, 5-foot-10, So., G

Hamilton Heights (Tenn.)

Abdulhakim Ado, 6-foot-10, Sr., C (No. 2 player in Tennessee, Offers include Louisville, LSU, Memphis Mississippi State)

J.O. Johnson (Ala.)

John Petty, 6-foot-5, Jr. (No. 1 junior in Alabama, 5-star, Offers include Kentucky and Kansas)


Rick Hodum, 6-foot-1, Sr., G

Lausanne (Tenn.)

Isaiah Stokes, 6-foot-8, Jr., C (No. 1 player in Tennessee, No. 7 football player (Ot) in Tenn., Football offers include Alabama, Auburn and Florida State)

Lexington (Tenn.)

Tariqious Tisdale, 6-foot-6, Sr., F (Ole Miss football DE commit)

Madison Academy (Ala.)

Josh Langford, 6-foot-6, Sr., SG (No. 1 player in Alabama, Michigan St. commit)

Miller Grove (Ga.)

Alterique Gilbert, 6-foot, Sr., G (4-star, No. 2 player in Georgia, Connecticut commit)


Ladarrius Spears, 6-foot-6, So., C

Cameron Smith, 6-foot-4, So., G

And speaking of Alcorn County, here is the Dec. 12 BIGG Classic

8:30 a.m., Ripley vs. Alcorn Central

10, West Union vs. Tishomingo County

11:30, Myrtle vs. DeSoto Central

1 p.m., Holly Springs vs. Booneville

2:30, Aberdeen vs. Horn Lake

4, (G) Gentry vs. Biggersville

5:30, Gentry vs. Corinth

7, Biggersville vs. Ashland

8:30, Tupelo vs. Baldwyn

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West Point, Oxford rivalry needs controlled


Let me start by saying I’m not taking sides on this West Point-Oxford rivalry that is starting to get out of control.

I don’t have any idea what is said on the lines, before and after plays, etc. by whoever is chatting. But it is very clear by these videos that something needs to be addressed by the officials if these two meet again in the Class 5A playoffs.

Words can’t be heard in stands and on game film, but things are seen and what can not take place is a defensive player shooting through the line when the offense is clearly in victory formation taking a knee. Can’t happen. This is from 2013, a 30-20 Oxford win.

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And I’m all for a competitive shove every few plays, but players, remember, if your team is down, that extra shove is a bad look. Period.

Here are a couple plays that led to Friday’s ejection in the final seconds.

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Again, I’m on no one’s side. I love this rivalry. And both coaches and teams are nothing but first class when we deal with them. But when you are down late in the game, those extra shoves and pushes are more closely monitored. Cleanly let a guy know you mean business, but pick that time accordingly.

Lastly, here is @NationsSports clip of the targeting call that led to Friday’s ejection. According to the NFHS’ vague definition of targeting, it was targeting. To me, that’s a personal foul, nothing more. But again, down 22 with 10 seconds left, that controversy can and should be avoided.

Pushing and shoving happens. It’s football. There’s just a time and a place for it. The wrong time can make a clean and well-coached team, which I believe West Point and Oxford are, look bad.

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Scores from Thursday, Oct. 1

East Union 42, H.W. Byers 6

Amory 19, Corinth 7
Smithville 10, Caledonia 0
East Union 13, Baldwyn 3
Tishomingo County 18, Kossuth 12
North Pontotoc 16, Ingomar 6
Eupora 19, East Webster 2
Tupelo 14, Booneville 12

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MHSAA downs private school multiplier


The MHSAA legislative council Thursday morning voted down a proposal that would force private school to play by an enrollment multiplier.

The council voted 18-17 against the measure. If the proposal is brought up again in December district meetings, it can still be voted on and passed in two MHSAA spring meetings.

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Calhoun City knows its the hunted


Calhoun City has been to back-to-back Class 2A title games and has been the class of loaded Division 4-2A.

“Has been” isn’t in the Wildcats’ vocab. East Webster is 6-0 and hosting CC Friday and should rightfully feel it has a chance to take the reigns with the division opener.

The Wolverines are the Journal’s No. 1 small school and lead an attack based around the arm and legs of senior quarterback Jack Wilson. Wilson and senior back Chase Keller have combined to rush for 905 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Calhoun City is 3-3, three losses to top tier teams Houston, Aberdeen and Notre Dame, Tenn. The Wildcats’ young linemen have figured it out. After 138 and 172 rushing yards in the first two games, Calhoun City rushed for 324, 216, 510 and 460 over the next month.

“I told them yesterday, ‘We’ve had success, so people are gunning for us,'” Calhoun City coach Perry Liles said.

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Scores from Tuesday, Sept. 29

South Pontotoc 13, West Union 1
East Webster 14, Winona 1
Smithville 15, Hatley 8
Ingomar 11, Pine Grove 6
Amory 14, Saltillo 0
Mooreville 20, Nettleton 5

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Tupelo Christian with the ole fumblerooski

Tupelo Christian ran a legal variation of the ole fumblerooski in Friday’s 41-13 win at Macon Road Baptist.

In punt formation from its own 43, the snap didn’t go to punter Brandon Wood. Instead, quarterback Caleb Kitchens took the snap from his punt protection spot and in one step handed it to back John Mark Jolly, who took the ball from behind and hid it better than your mom’s Clinique concealer.

When the protection ran right and Macon Road gave chase, Jolly went left and scored.

Macon Road is still confused.

Here you go. Enjoy.


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10 Things to Remember from Week 6


Uno. Jaley Adams, slow your role!

We did a story on the Kossuth RB this week when he broke the single-game school record with 305 rushing yards. Friday against Corinth, the Journal’s No. 3 large school, Adams embarrassed his puny 300-yard effort with 544 and eight touchdowns on 28 carries. Both totals are state records.

Dos. Kossuth QB Elijah Potts

Aggies coach Brian Kelly says Potts can read a defense like nobody’s business. Well, he didn’t say it like that, but it’s what he meant.

Tres. Kossuth offensive line

Four seniors up front. Big uglies with a beautiful performance against a solid Corinth front.

Cuatro. Oxford QB Jack Abraham

Abraham completed 15-of-20 passes for 408 yards and 5 TDs, both season-highs as the No. 4 large school Chargers beat West Point 50-28 in a battle of Top 10 teams in the state.

Cinco. DK Metcalf is terrible

Remember when that loudy pants radio cat said the Ole Miss commit wasn’t top 10 talent in Mississippi. West Point was giving up four points per game. Metcalf had 5 catches, 120 yards and a pair of TDs.

Seis. West Point QB Marcus Murphy

In a loss, Murphy ran the ball 35 times for 206 yards. You earned a good night’s sleep.

Siete. Vardaman, you sneaky Devils, you

The Rams were winless the two previous seasons. Against Biggersville, Vardaman won and is now 2-1 in 1-1A play and has three wins overall.

Ocho. Lafayette won’t let up.

Keep ignoring the Commodores, the Journal’s No. 5 large school. They obviously don’t care, now at 5-1 ahead of a division-opener against Ripley.

Nueve. The 50-50 raffle winner at Oxford.

You have 2 minutes to claim your prize. If you’re in the bathroom when they announce, too bad? She wasn’t and I’m sure she was relieved to win $137.


Jaley Adams.








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