Notes, numbers and sidelights from Week 8 (or, if you’re an academy, Week 9):
• I was feeling guilty Saturday morning. As I drove to Jackson to cover the softball state finals, I was thinking about the story I’d written a few hours before on the Tishomingo County-Itawamba AHS game. IAHS tailback Deshawn McGaughy had a big night, rushing for 218 yards and two scores, and so that was my lead.
I felt bad because I’d written nothing about the Indians’ offensive line, which had gashed openings for McGaughy to run through. McGaughy only had two yards in the first half – Tishomingo was running a 50 front, which coach Jamie Mitchell wasn’t expecting – but halftime adjustments were made.
“The second half I thought our offensive line just did a great job,” Mitchell said. “William Shumpert and Trae Bobo opened up some big holes for him out of the backfield, too.”
There, I feel a little better now.
• Tupelo wide receiver Chad Bumphis was supposed to be the X-factor in Friday’s game against South Panola. But the junior caught just one pass for minus-1 yard in the 22-9 loss. He did, however, complete a 50-yard TD pass to Garrian Heard on a reverse pass, which came on the first play of the second half.
Heard finished with three catches for 111 yards.
Wave tailback Ken Davis, an Ole Miss commit, was held to 36 yards on 15 carries by the Tigers. He has rushed for 844 yards this season and has 3,260 for his career. – Gene Phelps
• Congrats to Ripley coach Mac McCurry on his 200th career win, which came with Friday’s 41-6 defeat of North Pontotoc. McCurry was 171-51 at two schools in Tennessee, and he’s 29-5 at Ripley. He’s in his 21st year as a coach. The Tigers are currently 8-0 and ranked No. 1 by the Daily Journal among small schools. – Jim Pannell, Ripley statistician/historian
• Hey, remember Oxford? After a 1-3 start, the Chargers looked dead in the water. But they’ve got this coach, see, named Johnny Hill. He’s pretty good. His team has reeled off four straight wins, and at 3-1 is tied for second in Region 2-4A. Oxford beat Greenwood 40-0 on Friday, and during its win streak, the Chargers have outscored opponents 166-68.