Notes, numbers and sidelights from Week 12:
• Just imagine if Damien Hughes had been getting the carries all season. The Corinth senior running back, who began the fall at wingback, has torn it up since stepping in for injured starter Hubert Crawford in Week 5. Since that time, Hughes has gained most of his 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he’s averaging 10.2 yards per carry. That’s a first down every touch. Insane.
He had 198 yards in a 28-27 second-round playoff win over Velma Jackson, a school record for a playoff game. Oh, and he had a school-record 93-yard fumble return on defense. His Warriors take on Aberdeen this Friday. – Stats by Daily Corinthian
• Sick of having Corinth and/or Ripley stuff on Late Hits every week? Then find statkeepers as good as theirs, who send me loads of great info every week. So now, something from Ripley.
Linebacker Ben Graddy has 136 tackles, which ties a single-season team record. He had 11 in a 33-18 win at J.J. McClain, and he can break the mark this week when Louisville comes to town for a third-round 3A playoff match. Guess we’ll all see just how good the 12-0 Tigers are, seeing as Louisville has been a favorite all season to win state. – Stats by Jim Pannell
• Tupelo gets another shot at South Panola, which beat the Golden Wave 22-9 in the regular season. If you’re wondering about tickets, Tupelo Athletics Director Danny Porter said they will be sold at the gate – $7 – and nowhere else. Tupelo schools are closed this week for Thanksgiving. So get there early and get in line, my friend!
Porter hopes the Egg Bowl earlier that day won’t put too big a dent in the turnout. Frankly, I’d rather watch South Panola-Tupelo.
• Who are the strongest divisions in each classification? Well, if you go by playoff results: 1-5A, 4-4A, can’t say in 3A, 7-2A, 2-1A. But really, who cares?