Every Friday night, so much happens on the football fields that doesn’t make it into the paper. There’s only so much room, of course, to tell the main story. There are plenty of good notes, sidelights, stats and trends that need a place, which is just one more reason I love blogging.
So, from various sources (attributed where necessary), here are some of the “leftovers” from Sept. 21 action. I call them “Late Hits,” which I totally stole from a paper in North Carolina.
• It took 77 years for the Ripley Tigers – their entire football history from 1930 until 2006 – to have two running backs with over 1,000 yards rushing in the same season, as John Stephens (1,722 yards) and Doc Johnson (1,275 yards) turned the trick last year. It won’t be that long for the second pair to match the mark if Michael Poole (628 yards – 157.0 yards per game) and Jaquise Cook (467 yards – 116.75 yards per game) keep racking up the yards. With a few playoff games at the same rate, both could exceed 1,500 yards. – Jim Pannell, Ripley statistician
• Tishomingo Co. made two significant offensive adjustments (in a 12-7 win over Pontotoc):
First quarter, started with the pro set; then (1) first series in second quarter, switched to wishbone and continued with wishbone in the second half until (2) on the final drive that started at the Tish 19-yard line with 3:48 remaining in the game, switched to shotgun. QB Lee Griffin ran the ball four times straight up the middle, moving the ball to the Tish 42. An outside run by Tyler Pritchard set up the new pass play that coach Steve Carter said they installed for this game. It was a 46-yard Griffin-to-Pritchard touchdown with 1:45 left in the game.
The change to the shotgun on the last drive seemed to catch Pontotoc by surprise, and the Warriors didn’t have any more timeouts to make adjustments. The big pass play was the only pass attempt on that drive. – Jay Tidwell, Daily Journal correspondent
• With a 20-16 win over Tupelo Christian, Calhoun Academy moved to 2-0 in District 3-A play. The Cougars were 3-7 overall last year and 0-4 in district.
“Two district games and we’re 2-0, so we’re tickled to death right now,” coach Charles Driskell said. “We’ve got Winona next week, and that’s going to be the teller. We’re going to have to play a lot better.”
• Extra points: Aberdeen (2-2) lost 27-26 to Winona in its Region 2-3A opener, its second one-point loss of the season; the Bulldogs fell 13-12 to Pontotoc two weeks earlier. … Hey, Mooreville’s 3-1, 1-0 in 1-3A heading into Friday’s showdown with Booneville. … Look who’s 4-0 (besides East Webster, Okolona, Ripley and Tishomingo): Walnut. Can the Wildcats challenge Baldwyn in 1-2A? … Oak Hill Academy (0-5, 0-3 District 1-AAA) is still searching for its first touchdown of the season. The Raiders have scored six points and been shut out three straight times.