Week 3 Rankings: A New No. 1 Large School


There is a new No. 1 large school. Starkville jumps Tupelo after an impressive 23-point win at former No. 2 Oxford, which falls to third, one spot behind Tupelo. The Golden Wave is 2-0 after allowing only seven points this season.

Class 6A/5A

1. Starkville (2-0)

Friday: beat Oxford 52-29

This week: West Point

2. Tupelo (2-0)

Friday: beat Center Hill 48-7

This week: Shannon

3. Oxford (1-1)

Friday: lost to Starkville 52-29

This week: at East Side

Class 4A/3A

1. Ripley (2-0)

Friday: beat North Pontotoc 49-7

This week: Falkner (Thu.)

2. Corinth (2-0)

Friday: beat Lafayette 17-14

This week: Lewisburg

3. Itawamba AHS (1-1)

Friday: beat New Albany 35-0

This week: Saltillo

4. Booneville (1-1)

Thursday: Lost to Baldwyn 41-12

Friday: Open date

5. Aberdeen (1-1)

Friday: Lost to Aberdeen 35-6

This week: Amory

Class 2A/1A

1. Calhoun City (2-0)

Friday: beat Houston 40-0

This week: Water Valley

2. Baldwyn (2-0)

Thursday: Beat Booneville 41-12

This week: Mooreville

3. Okolona (2-0)

Friday: Beat Houlka 54-13

This week: at Houston

4. Hamilton (1-1)

Friday: lost to Caledonia 47-20

This week: Hatley

5. Bruce (1-1)

Friday: beat Potts Camp 41-7

This week: at Coffeeville

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Video interviews from Starkville’s win in Oxford


Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell wasn’t surprised his No. 3 Jackets beat No. 2 Oxford on Friday, a 52-29 win. Oxford coach Johnny Hill wasn’t freaking out, simply saying his Chargers would get some issues fixed.

Here is a link to Sunday’s story, as well as video with both coaches.

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Mantachie junior taken to Le Bonheur


Mantachie junior DB/WR Jake Mears is undergoing observation at Le Bonheur after leaving Friday’s game against Belmont.

Mantachie coach TJ Seago said no one knew Mears was hurt. He was pulled from the game because of a broken chin strap, before his head started hurting and Seago said he lost feeling in his right side.

Taken to the hospital late in the game, he underwent a cat scan in Tupelo, but Seago said he got his feeling back and was awake and alert. But the scan revealed bleeding on his brain.

Seago said the bleeding has stopped and clotted and that the outlook is much better than what it seemed early. Seago said doctors think the problem will clear itself.

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Wheeler coach McKay dies in accident

First-year Wheeler boys basketball coach Wesley McKay has died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night in Atlanta.

It has rocked the Baldwyn community. McKay, a former Shannon coach, is the brother of former Baldwyn coach Jason McKay

Former Shannon Lady Raider Aushiana Ivy posted this on Facebook.

“…now I’m sitting here lost for words because your gone !  I’ll never forget you . You gave me a chance . & for that I do appreciate you . Rip coach Mckay .”

The McKays are in the Journal family’s prayers.

From Sunday’s Journal

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Starkville QB posts huge fantasy stats


Starkville QB Brady Davis torched Oxford on Friday. In a 52-29 win, Davis completed 21-of-32 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns.

Three of them went to Raphael Leonard, who caught seven passes for 169 yards.

Before Friday’s outburst, Monroe Journal sports writer Melissa Meador drafted Davis in the second round of the NeMiss Prep Fantasy draft. His total for her team last night, 80.5 points, a season-high thus far for any fantasy player.

Jeff Roberts talked with Davis, a Memphis commit, after the game about his fantasy value.

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North Mississippi Prep Fantasy Rankings Week 1

Week 1 Standings

1. Brandon 138.1
2. Melissa 134.5
3. Kedrick 125
4. Scotty 109.2
5. Jonathan 80.2
6. John 73.3
7. Jeff 69.2

8. Donica 31.8

Josh Williams 57.9
Jacquez Horsley 12.9
Marquis Moore 26.5
Jay Johnson 18
Antares Gwyn 22.8

Brady Davis 35.1
Tyreke Gates 10.2
Keshon Heard 37.1
DK Metcalf 12.7
Devin Wilson 39.4

Jase Stroupe 42.6
Alston Dill 17.3
Armani Linton 10.3
Dorian Gaston 0
Dakota Dailey 54.8

Duke Upshaw 19.8
Hunter White 22
Diamanté Pounds 29.8
Alex Norwood 9.2
Vijay Miller 28.4

Daniel Bristow 20.5
DJ Glaspie .8
TJ Fields 15.7
Brooks Shannon 11.5
Caleb Nelson 31.7

Jack Abraham 46.6
Kyree White 12.1
Kenzie Phillips 11.6
CJ Williams 3
Tyrell Price 0

Chakel Gates 16.2
Dequin Babbitt 0
Jeramie Lawrence 21.6
Isaiah Howard 13.9
JT Herring 17.5


Jake McDonald .4

Devin Thomas 4.4

Hunter Sheffield 5.2

Quincy Starks, West Point, 112 yards, TD 25.2

Chase Hall, 66 yards 6.6

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Gene and Brandon’s Week 2 Picks

Tonight’s picks from @brandonspeck (5-0) and @genephelps (4-1).

Center Hill at Tupelo

Gene: Tupelo; Brandon: Tupelo

Starkville at Oxford

Gene: Starkville; Brandon: Oxford

Itawamba AHS at New Albany

Gene: IAHS; Brandon: New Albany

North Pontotoc at Ripley

Gene: Ripley; Brandon: Ripley

Corinth at Lafayette

Gene: Corinth; Brandon: Corinth

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Baldwyn’s dead skunk the weirdest pregame ever?

Dead Skunk (@brandonspeck)

Dead Skunk (@brandonspeck)


Who knows what type of effect it had on Baldwyn, but no denying that something got into the Bearcats Thursday night.

Baldwyn broke a five-year drought in the Skunk Bowl, beating rival Booneville 41-12 behind 457 yards from quarterback Duke Upshaw and a defense that allowed but four field goals.

For the first time since a skunk streaked across Latimer Park and renamed the already-intense rivalry, Baldwyn took the third-year trophy.

That night in 2012, the skunk’s appearance was followed by an Andrew Lambert interception return that capped a 20-point Booneville comeback.

Did that skunk curse Baldwyn? And have Baldwyn coaches taken care of the problem?

Thursday, Baldwyn coach Michael Gray had a pregame for the ages.

About two months ago, assistant coach Dru Allen spotted a skunk (the skunk?) around a mower at the field. Gray poked it to make sure it was dead, then went to the freezer. Well, to the freezer after having a little fun with a couple of surprised players.

Thursday, he took it out. And all of a sudden, Baldwyn had the weirdest pregame in all of time.

“It could have been the skunk,” Gray said. “He was dead down there under a lawn mower.”

It’s still not 100 percent clear how they got it in the red Coke crate and large bag it was in Thursday, but Gray didn’t pick it up with his hand.

“I’m not total man,” he said.

Here’s the story, from Mississippi’s reigning pregame champ.

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Duke of Skunks, Upshaw racks up 457 yards


BALDWYN – Duke Upshaw totaled 457 all-purpose yards in Thursday’s 41-12 Skunk Bowl win against Booneville. It all started with a 98-yard kick return to open the game.

The junior seems to find a burst in traffic. He had TD runs of 40, 12 and 63. One of Laquintez Upshaw’s two scores was a 63-yard run. Upshaw credited his offensive line, which he followed left for both touchdowns and 154 rushing yards in the second half.

“My offensive line, they were clicking with me,” Upshaw said. “We had everybody on each other’s back.”

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Scores from Thursday, Aug. 28

Baldwyn 41, Booneville 12
South Panola 14, West Point 10
Walnut 28, Falkner 21

Wheeler 8, Pine Grove 3
Amory 8, Smithville 7
East Webster 13, Noxapater 3
Tishomingo County 8, Belmont 3
Corinth 6, Kossuth 2
Nettleton 4, North Pontotoc 2
Hamilton 17, Itawamba AHS 5
Tupelo 16-16, Oxford 1-0

Pontotoc 3, Tishomingo County 0

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Skunk Bowl tonight: Revisit the stinker


Bob Tapp captured this that evening.

Bob Tapp captured this that evening.

Skunk Bowl is tonight. Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said he saw the skunk about a month ago. Then, more reports of the critter surfaced Wednesday on Twitter. #RememberTheSkunk YouTube Preview Image Here’s a view from the Booneville sideline, courtesy of kimcwhite’s YouTube channel. YouTube Preview Image And here is a link to today’s story in the #DJournal.

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Video: Aberdeen QB matures into threat


Talked with Aberdeen QB Josh Williams, a fourth-year starter, Friday after the Bulldogs win at Shannon. I’ve watched a lot of his career and he’s matured incredibly into one of the area’s, if not the area’s best quarterback.

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Here is a link to the story in today’s #DJournal.

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