Football By the Numbers

Nettleton’s Jami Boland

We’re halfway through the high school football regular season. Good a time as any to do one of those by-the-number analyses. If you’re a stat nut like me, you should enjoy it.

2 – Consecutive wins by Thrasher. It’s the Rebels’ first official winning streak since at least 1995 (I haven’t had time to look it up in more detail). They won two straight last season, but those games were forfeited because of an ineligible player.

4 – Consecutive losses by Amory, its longest losing streak since who knows when (it was before 2003, I know that). From 2004-06, the Panthers suffered four three-game skids, a result of the ridiculously tough schedule they have every year.

6 – Points scored by Baldwyn in Friday’s loss to Eupora. It was the Bearcats’ lowest point total since a 35-7 loss to Booneville on Sept. 30, 2005.

6 – Years since Tupelo started 4-1. That’s the Golden Wave’s record now. The  2001 team finished 8-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The Wave’s last 5-1 start: 1997, when it actually went 6-1 en route to a 10-3 finish (lost in second round).

15 – Touchdown passes by Nettleton QB Jami Boland. So, if the Tigers play 15 games like they did last year – and that’s doubtful – he would be on pace to break the single-season state record of 42, which he tied last year.

15-0 – Combined record of the three teams that have defeated Pontotoc: Ripley, Tishomingo County and Shannon. The Warriors play 5-0 Okolona this Friday.

32 – Alcorn Central’s losing streak. The state record is 55, held by Thrasher. The Rebels unofficially lost 71 straight, but a forfeit by Falkner shortened the streak.

32.7 – Points per game scored by Booneville over the last three contests, all wins; the Blue Devils scored 20 total points over their first two games, both losses.

1,042 – Rushing yards (unofficially) for Bruce RB Richard Freelon, which puts him on a 2,000-yard pace. To my knowledge, he’s the first area rusher to reach 1,000 this season.

14,999 – Total points scored by Ripley in program history. It would be 15,000, but the extra point was blocked after the Tigers’ final touchdown in Friday’s 33-27 win over Corinth. Thanks to crack statistician Jim Pannell for that nugget.

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