Video: Aberdeen flashes offense in win at Shannon


SHANNON – Aberdeen’s offense looked potentially explosive and senior quarterback Josh Williams looked every bit a fourth-year starter in a 42-19 win at Shannon to kick off the 2014 season.

Williams made plays with his feet and arm all night, accounting for five touchdowns. Senior receiver Parish Cratic made a leaping touchdown as Williams scrambled free. Junior B.J. Williams shook off a would-be tackler in a 54-yard touchdown run. Senior Tyreke Gates had a shifty touchdown run. Senior Damian Curry held his concentration to make a catch in a rush of traffic. Eight players had at least one carry or one catch.

And junior touted receiver Jerrick Orr is still out after appendix surgery.

On a third-and-22, Aberdeen fumbled the ball near its own 10-yard line, but Tramonte Prather scooped it up and got all 22 yards he needed.  That was after Williams went to the bench after a hard tackle early in the fourth.

Here is Mark Bray talking about defensive adjustments and the win.

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Shannon coach Darryl Carter watched his team miss early chances, then saw Aberdeen pull away with back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter.

Senior Cameron Montgomery had a touchdown catch of 34 and a run of 32 yards.

Here is Carter.

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Week 1 Scores, Aug. 22

Scores, Aug. 22, 2014

Aberdeen 42, Shannon 19

Amory 23, Independence 7

Alcorn Central 42, Biggersville 8

Baldwyn 28, Nettleton 25

Booneville 21, Walnut 14

Calhoun Aca. 33, Humphreys Aca. 0

Calhoun City 30, Coffeeville 20

Corinth 42, Kossuth 0

East Webster 64, Vardaman 14

Falkner 57, Middleton (Tenn.) 0

Hamilton 43, Potts Camp 27

Holly Springs 14, Byhalia 0

Houston 29, Pontotoc 12

H.W. Byers 30, Benton Co. 16

Mantachie 32, Ethel 0

Marshall Aca. 70, Kirk Aca. 22

Mooreville 12, Tishomingo Co. 7

New Site 16, Thrasher 6

North Pontotoc 28, Bruce 20

Oak Hill Aca. 41, Hartfield Aca. 6

Okolona 40, East Oktibbeha 8

Oxford 26, Jackson Prep 21

Ripley 34, Itawamba AHS 21

Saltillo 34, DeSoto Central 13

Smithville 13, Belmont 2

South Pontotoc 27, Hatley 22

Starkville 51, Noxubee Co. 19

Starkville Aca. 42, Lamar School 21

Tipton-Rosemark (Tenn.) 36, TCPS 0

Tupelo 20, Lafayette 0

Water Valley 36, New Albany 33

West Point 21, Grenada 16

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Week 1 Picks


Myself and @genephelps will be picking five games each week. Feel free to comment with your picks.

Tupelo at Lafayette

Speck: Tupelo; Gene: Tupelo

Ripley at Itawamba AHS

Speck: Ripley; Gene: Ripley

Baldwyn at Nettleton

Speck: Baldwyn; Gene: Baldwyn

Aberdeen at Shannon

Speck: Aberdeen; Gene: Aberdeen

Oxford at Jackson Prep

Speck: Oxford; Gene: Prep

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Oxford No. 13 in MaxPreps South Regional

The MaxPreps South regional computer rankings include the following states: Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

 Visit each individual school here.

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 0-0
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), 0-0
Washington (Miami), 0-0
Central (Miami), 0-0
Hoover (Ala.), 0-0
Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.), 0-0
Ensworth (Nashville), 0-0
McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 0-0
Centreville (Clifton, Va.), 0-0
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.), 0-0
Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 0-0
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 0-0
Oxford (Miss.), 0-0
Maryville (Tenn.), 0-0
First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.), 0-0
Bentonville (Ark.), 0-0
Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 0-0
Male (Louisville, Ky.), 0-0
Apopka (Fla.), 0-0
Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 0-0
Miramar (Fla.), 0-0
Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.), 0-0
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 0-0
Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), 0-0
Gilman (Baltimore), 0-0

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Video: East Union QB Plunk talks opening win


OKOLONA – In wacky fashion, East Union kicked off North Mississippi’s football season with a win … somehow.

The Urchins gave Houlka chances, but secured a 21-12 win on a 10-yard Cage West touchdown run to open the fourth quarter.

East Union led 14-6 with 24 seconds left in the first half. Instead of taking a knee at its own 30, Lane Plunk threw three incomplete passes. Then a fourth-down run left a couple of seconds.

Houlka quarterback Tyreque Reed responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Frankie Young.

“I thought we were going to run out the clock and we didn’t end up getting it done,” East Union coach Scott Duley said. “They got two seconds and we didn’t get our defense on the field.”

The Urchins (1-0) gave Houlka the ball when Taz Davidson recovered a Plunk fumble to open the third. The drive ended when Zae Bradley recovered a blocked punt.

East Union scored the first two touchdowns on West’s 4-yard run and Zane Wilkenson’s 2-yard catch.

Reed’s 39-yard touchdown run got the Wildcats (0-1) on the board, but two failed runs put them behind the 8-ball. Plunk made three extra points.


Turning Point

Houlka’s Johnathon Huffman punted from his own end zone to open the fourth. He got if off, but gave East Union the ball at the 35, up two. West scored three plays later.

Point Man

Reed scored a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior ferociously stiff-armed Cody Taylor to the ground. He did it again in the fourth quarter to another would-be tackler.

Talking Point

“I told him I was kind of scared of him, to be honest.” – East Union QB Lane Plunk on Houlka specimen Tyreque Reed.


– East Union center Caleb Stevens left the game with 7:03 left in the second quarter.

– Cramps took a large toll on Houlka, which had to rest Reed more than once in the second half. The heat index at kickoff was 105.

“We had to use our timeouts more for rest than we did for actual timeout situations,” Houlka coach Sid Burt said.

– Young dropped a touchdown pass from Huffman with 7:27 left to play. It would have cut East Union’s lead to 21-18.

– Houlka RB Wyatt Esterley left the game via ambulance late in the third quarter.

Here is East Union QB Lane Plunk on the win, his running back and Reed.

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Video: East Union wackily wins to open 2014 season


OKOLONA – East Union had a weird possession Thursday in its 21-12 win at Houlka, the first game of the 2014 season in North Mississippi.

Leading 14-6 with the ball at their own 30, the Urchins didn’t just run out the final 24 seconds of the first half. QB Lane Plunk threw three incomplete passes before a fourth down run left Houlka a couple of seconds.

Houlka’s Tyreque Reed then threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Frankie Young. East Union coach Scott Duley explains the sequence.

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Houlka coach Sid Burt’s team had more cramping issues than East Union. But practicing in 85 degrees, then playing in 95 is different will cause that.

Burt, his first season, was pleased with the effort his team gave.

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Scores from Thursday, Aug. 21

East Union 21, Houlka 12

Smithville 8, Hatley 0
Booneville 1, Mantachie 0
Belmont 4, New Site 3
North Pontotoc 8, Ingomar 2
Amory 12, Caledonia 2
Corinth 14, Biggersville 0
East Webster 16, Noxapater 1
Itawamba AHS 13, Mooreville 12
Saltillo 8, Tishomingo County 6
South Pontotoc 9, Myrtle 2

Oxford 3, Ripley 0
Pontotoc 3, New Albany 0

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First-ever NeMiss Prep Fantasy Draft Held


The first-ever NeMiss Prep Fantasy Football Draft took place on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of the results. Keep up with the teams all season on

Monroe Journal writer Melissa Meador made Oxford junior receiver DK Metcalf the first pick. His quarterback, Jack Abraham, was taken No. 3 by the Oxford Citizen’s John Davis.

Just a few notes. There were also two Falkner players taken in the first of five rounds, quarterback Jase Stroupe by the Southern Sentinel’s Kedrick Storey and Jeramie Lawrence by Daily Journal contributor Jeff Roberts.

Division 1-2A produced a heavy load, from Bruce’s Jay Johnson, taken with the first pick of the second round (No. 8 overall) by the Journal’s Brandon Speck. Also from 1-2A went Calhoun City quarterback Chakel Gates, Walnut athlete Armani Linton, Baldwyn quarterback Duke Upshaw, Mantachie running back Alston Dill and New Site running back J.T. Herring.

Roberts’ pick of Herring was the surprise of the draft and Storey felt he got the steal of the day with Marshall quarterback Dakota Dailey.

Here is a look at each round. Points are based on touchdowns, other scoring and total yards.

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EU, Houlka kick it off tonight


High school football is official as of tonight. Houlka and East Union have moved the NeMiss season up a day with a 7 p.m. kick at Okolona. Here’s the skinny.

East Union (8-4)

at Houlka (3-8)


East Union: 2013 WR Lane Plunk is scheduled to be the Urchins’ starting QB. … He’ll have a big target in 6-foot-4 Cody Taylor at wide receiver. … Senior LB Triston Lady is the lone returning starter on defense.

Houlka: Senior QB Tyreque Reed is the team’s best athlete. … RB Wyatt Easterly is a tough guy to tackle one-on-one. … Quintavin Beaty, Jr. is one of a trio of ball carriers who go over and play LB.


– The game, at Okolona, marks the opening of Mississippi high school football.

– East Union, testing a new defensive unit, will be tested by athletic Houlka.

– The Urchins run the ball. Houlka has three good LBs in Tyreque Reed, Quintavin Beaty and Wyatt Easterly.

– It’s the first game for new Houlka coach Sid Burt.

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NeMiss Fantasy Football Draft

Five #DJournal writers and a contributor are playing NeMiss Prep Fantasy Football. The draft is underway. Follow along to see who is selected and how the teams do all season.


First Round

1. Melissa Meador – DK Metcalf, WR, Oxford

2. Scotty Nichols – Diamante Pounds, RB, Saltillo

3. John Davis – Jack Abraham, QB, Oxford

4. Kedrick Storey – Jase Stroupe, QB, Falkner

5. Jonathan Wise – Brooks Shannon, WR, North Pontotoc

6. Jeff Roberts – Jeramie Lawrence, RB, Falkner

7. Brandon Speck – Josh Williams, QB, Aberdeen


Second Round

8. Brandon Speck – Jay Johnson, WR, Bruce

9. Jeff Roberts – Chakel Gates, QB, Calhoun City

10. Jonathan Wise – Daniel Bristow, QB, Tupelo

11.  Kedrick Storey – Armani Linton, RB, Walnut

12. John Davis – Kenzie Phillips, RB, Oxford

13. Scotty Nichols – Duke, Upshaw, QB, Baldwyn

14. Melissa Meador -Brady Davis, QB, Starkville


Round 3

15. Melissa Meador – Keshon Heard, RB, Hamilton

16. Scotty Nichols – Alex Norwood, WR, Tupelo

17. John Davis – Kyree White, RB, Oxford

18. Kedrick Storey – Dakota Dailey, QB, Marshall Academy

19. Jonathan Wise – T. J. Fields, RB, Amory

20. Jeff Roberts – Isaiah Howard, WR, Ripley

21. Brandon Speck – Marquis Moore, RB, Byers


Round 4

22. Brandon Speck – Jacquez Horsley, RB, Starkville

23. Jeff Roberts – Dequin Babbitt, RB, Okolona

24. Jonathan Wise – Caleb Nelson, QB, North Pontotoc

25. Kedrick Storey – Dorian Gaston, WR, Ripley

26. John Davis -C.J. Williams, RB, Aberdeen

27. Scotty Nichols – Hunter White, RB, Itawamba AHS

28. Melissa Meador – Tyreke Gates, RB, Aberdeen


Round 5

29. Melissa Meador – Devin Wilson, RB, New Albany

30. Scotty Nichols – Vijay Miller, QB, Itawamba AHS

31. John Davis – Tyrell Price, RB, Lafayette

32. Kedrick Storey – Alston Dill, RB, Mantachie

33. Jonathan Wise – D.J. Glaspie, RB, Bruce

34. Jeff Roberts – J.T. Herring, RB, New Site

35. Brandon Speck – Antares Gwyn, QB, Corinth

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Video: Linton no longer angry kid from Chicago


Talked with Walnut athlete Armani Linton, an Ole Miss commit, last week about his life before football and how far he has come since moving from Chicago as a middle schooler. He opened up about who he was, who he is and who he wants to be.

Here is a link to the story, a longer version than what appeared in today’s print version, plus a video chat about football.

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Scores from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Nettleton 18-5, Grenada 2-0
Baldwyn 10, Wheeler 4
East Webster 19, South Pontotoc 2
East Union 9, Falkner 4
Tishomingo County 16, Oxford 0
Hatley 4, Itawamba AHS 1
Smithville 13, Caledonia 0
Hamilton 10, Mooreville 9
Tupelo 12, Myrtle 2

Pontotoc 3, Caledonia 0

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