Some random, unfiltered thoughts about Friday night’s football action before I go to bed:
• I didn’t have the guts to even say to myself that Aberdeen would beat Nettleton. Had I made a public prediction, it would’ve been something like Tigers 31, Bulldogs 27. Alas, Aberdeen won 44-42 (excellent story written by Brandon Speck, by the way) and showed that last year means jack squat: Nettleton the defending 3A north champ? Aberdeen 0-10? So what?
• FYI, you’ve got my respect, Tishomingo County.
• Early Daily Journal Player of the Year candidates: Offense – Bruce RB Richard Freelon; Tupelo WR/KR Chad Bumphis; Shannon QB Michael Ledbetter; Defense – Itawamba AHS nose guard William Shumpert; Starkville LB Robert Tate; Shannon CB Arceto Clark. Thoughts? (I just know I’m forgetting somebody.)
• After deadline tonight, we bounced around the idea of having a “Bottom 10” rankings, but we wisely nixed it. But not until we’d thoroughly entertained ourselves with the possibilities. … Thoughts?
• Possible headline for the next Jaquise Cook and Michael Poole rampage: “Ripley Cooks up a Poole party.” Genius.
• I heard Starkville coach Bill Lee sat eight of his starters for an unspecified disciplinary violation. Yellowjackets still beat DeSoto Central 31-19. Might need those guys against Tupelo next week.
• Jonathan Banks, the East Webster QB, managed to refer to himself in the third person while being humble. “It wasn’t just all Jonathan Banks,” he said after his four-touchdown performance. Kid’s got a future.