Notes, numbers and sidelights from Friday night.
• There were five touchdowns of 40 yards or more, including four from at least 56 yards away, in a 44-42 Aberdeen win against Nettleton. For Aberdeen, Jamerson Love had a 43-yard run, Tevin Blanchard caught a 69-yard pass from Marcus Hinton, and Erik Buchanan caught a 56-yarder. For the Tigers, Marcus Sanders had a 56-yard run to open the second half, and Jami Boland threw a 79-yard pass to Jeremy Jones.
Twice in the game, the teams swapped touchdowns in a brief period. Both scored in a 48-second span to open the third quarter, and again within 1 minute, 12 seconds spanning the third and fourth quarters. – Brandon Speck, Amory Advertiser
• In its 33-27 loss to Ripley, Corinth ran the shotgun the entire game, and Zerrick Payne, a junior, managed it well for only his fifth game as a quarterback. Diante Curlee, a sophomore, had six catches for 130 yards and one TD. Fellow wideout Erick Thomas, a junior – listed as 6-foot-3, 200 pounds – had seven catches out of ten chances for 76 yards.
With the game tied at 7-all early in the second quarter, Ripley set up for a field goal at the Corinth 16 (holder lined up at the 24-yard line). The Tigers ran a nifty fake kick – Ripley’s kicker is Will Wallis, the QB – and finished with a pass to Tootie Carruth for what looked like a touchdown, but the refs said the holder’s knee was down when he got the snap, and called the play dead. The same thing happened when they tried this in last year’s North Mississippi final against Nettleton. – Jay Tidwell, Daily Journal correspondent
• Circle Oct. 19 on your calendar. That’s when Okolona meets East Webster, and when the Region 1-1A title will most likely be decided. Both teams have now defeated Calhoun City, but a tough Vardaman team awaits East Webster this week (Okolona beat the Rams 7-0 in OT, so they could be a spoiler). After watching the Wolverines run past his team Friday (45-12), Calhoun City coach Mike Ray had plenty of praise for his conquerors: “They’re so explosive. They had a lot of athletes all over the field and made a lot of plays.”
• Walnut is 5-0! Great, but the combined records of their vanquished opponents: 4-21, and three of those wins come from Mooreville. Jury remains out.