Mississippi Notebook

For the past decade football fans in Mississippi have been able to count on the Tigers from South Panola to be a dominant force. With multiple state titles and an 89 game winning streak over the course of the last several years, the Tigers have proven to be Mississippi's top team more times than not. South Panola is currently 2-2 and struggling offensively. Are the Tigers in trouble?

South Panola has played a very ambitious non-district schedule.

The Tigers took on 5A power West Point, Hoover and Bentonville High.

In those three contests, the South Panola offense managed just one touchdown, a 37-yard touchdown pass to five star Antonio Conner against Hoover High.

The offensive high point came against Gulfport who is currently 1-3.

The Tiger offense put up 384 yards in the 34-6 win over the Admirals.

South Panola will face off against district foe Horn Lake this week.

The Tigers have had the better of the Eagles over the course of the series with most contests ending in a blow out win for the Tigers.

Horn Lake has an identical record of 2-2 and some offensive struggles of their own.

Through four games the Eagles have scored just 38 points which averages out at just 9.5 points per game.

This week should allow the boys from Batesville to work out some kinks before traveling to defending 6A champion Olive Branch next week.

Making a run

The 2013 recruiting pool is highlighted by four star running backs Kailo Moore and Ashton Shumpert.

While the two senior All-Stars have national recognition, a handful of junior running backs are stealing the headlines so far this season.

Picayune's Preston Dedeaux is off to a monster start. In just three games, Dedeaux has amassed 631 yards for an amazing 210 yards per contest.

A battle of the 2014 heavy weight tailbacks was washed out as Hurricane Isaac forced the cancellation of Picayune's home game against Forrest County AHS and Dontavian Lee.

Lee leads all junior rushers with 688 total yards.

Hakeem Johnson of South Delta is just behind with 681 yards though four games.

Petal's Tyus Raine has found the end zone nine times and is averaging close to 140 yards per game.

West Point's Aeris Williams is a name to really keep an eye on as the Green Wave gets into district play.

West Point's offensive scheme is very running back friendly, so Williams will get his share of carries.

JuCo wide outs in demand

LSU commitment Quantavius Leslie raised eyebrows a couple of times this season when he took unofficial visits to see Mississippi State take on Auburn and Ole Miss host Texas.

Leslie reports that he is simply wanting to take in some college games and enjoy the game day atmosphere.

It is a situation worth keeping an eye on.

Holmes Community College standout Jonathan Rumph has taken official visits to Mississippi State and Ole Miss over the course of the last two weeks.

Rumph will he heading to Knoxville this weekend to see the Vols host Akron.

The four star standout reported earlier this month that he planned to make his decision before the end of the month.

Now the Cayce, South Carolina native plans to take an official visit to Georgia before closing out his recruitment.

Mississippi State commitment DeVante Scott of Co-Lin suffered a knee injury in last night's 21-6 win over Hinds.

Scott reports that the injury will require season ending surgery.

The Bulldogs will likely have the chance to host another junior college wideout this weekend.

East Mississippi receiver Corey Smith is planning to take in the Bulldogs' home game against South Alabama tomorrow.

Double trouble

The state's most prolific passing offense calls Sumrall, Mississippi home.

Coach Shannon White's pass happy scheme is racking up 325 yards through the air per contest.

The Bobcats offensive attack is bolstered by Austin and Devontae Watts.

The two family members have combined for over 1,000 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Just down the road the Moore twins have helped Bassfield to a 5-0 start.

Calvin Moore is 12 of 14 for 195 yards in the Yellowjackets' run first offense.

Alvin Moore is second on the team in tackles with 35.

In what could be the best game of the weekend, Bassfield travels to Tylertown to take on the Chiefs who have been rolling despite seeing Coach Walter Denton make the move to Columbia.

First year head coach Jason Johnson commands an offensive juggernaught that has scored 227 points in just four games.

The Chiefs are racking up 462 yards of offense and 57 points per game.


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