Tri-County Academy’s Dillion Hendrick breaks several tackles headed to the endzone.
Tri-County Academy’s Dillion Hendrick breaks several tackles headed to the endzone.
Germantown 48, Terry 22

The Mavericks got back in the win column last week with a big performance from tailback Nick Barnes.

The junior rushed 19 times for 177 yards and scored four of Germantown’s seven touchdowns.

“Nick’s a great player,” Mavericks coach Tim Shramek said. “But overall, really everyone played well Friday.”

The game was close early. Terry defensive back A.J. Adams picked off Colton Gardner and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 on Germantown’s first drive of the game.

But Barnes responded with a two-yard scoring run that capped a 42-yard touchdown drive to tie the game, then rattled off a 52-yard touchdown run to put Germantown ahead 13-7.

Gardner redeemed himself in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Noah Gibbs, and Barnes scored for the third time on a 5-yard run to give the Mavericks the commanding 27-7 halftime lead.

Gardner and Barnes both scored on the ground in the third quarter, and Trey McCullough added a 4-yard scoring run to start the fourth quarter to extend Germantown’s lead to 48-7.

The Mavericks’ impressive performance should provide a boost going into region play against Warren Central (2-2) at home. The road doesn’t get any easier after that - the Mavs will face No. 7 Starkville on the road on Oct. 4 and host No. 3 South Panola on Oct. 11.

“There is no margin for error going forward,” Shramek said. “This division has Warren Central, Starkville, South Panola, Clinton and Madison Central. That’s five teams right there you can name, without naming us, in our division that are perennial Top-10 and state-title contenders year-in and year-out.”

St. Joe 28, West Lincoln 7

Don’t look now, but the Bruins are on the verge of putting together a winning streak. After falling in its first three games, St. Joe has now put together back-to-back wins over rival St. Andrew’s and the Bears (2-3).

The Bruins (2-3) started hot and took a 14-0 lead in the first half before salting the game away in the second with rushing touchdowns from Joe Pearson and Andrew Sanli.

The Bruin defense gave up 241 yards on the ground, but forced three fumbles, recovered all of them and picked off West Lincoln quarterback Travis Hall twice.

Up next for St. Joe is a big test against cross-county opponent Velma Jackson (1-3).

Mize 36, St. Andrew’s 3

The Saints could hardly afford to get into a track meet with the Bulldogs, and that’s exactly what happened Friday night.

St. Andrew’s (1-4) fell behind early and lacked the passing attack to ignite any sort of rally. Quarterbacks Aaron Cooper and Trey Hebert combined to throw for just five yards on eight pass attempts and the Saints’ offense accrued just 79 yards of total offense.

St. Andrew’s lone score came on a 25-yard field goal off the foot of Hebert.

Mize, meanwhile, rolled to 525 total yards. Freshman Matthew Nixon caught three passes for 140 yards and two scores and added 42 more yards on two rushing attempts.

This week, the Saints will host West Lincoln, which is 2-3 coming off a 28-7 loss to St. Joe.

Velma Jackson 28, Leake Central 23

 Velma Jackson (1-3 ) picked up its first win after a much needed bye week with a 28-23 nail biter over Leake Central High School (2-3) in Carthage.

The Falcons held the ball for 72 plays compared to the Gators 54 total plays.

Velma Jackson drew first blood. After the Gators managed a touchdown in the first quarter, Velma rolled up 21 points, unanswered until Leake found some late game inspiration to close that gap to the final score of 23-28.

The Velma defense managed an interception.

VJHS will host St. Joseph Catholic in Camden for some inter Madison County action this Friday.

Tri-County Academy 42, Canton Academy 0

Canton Academy dropped a goose egg at home against Tri County Academy in a formerly competitive local matchup.

The Panthers fall to 0-5 (0-2 in district play) while the Rebels (4-1,1-0) extend to a three game win streak on the season.

TCA maintained control of the game laying down 35 points in the first half. The Rebels put a cherry on top with a touchdown in the second half of a game that was all but over.

CA will face non district foe East Rankin Academy (1-4,0-2) in Pelahatchie. East Rankin just posted their second straight loss, 34-16 at Park Place Christian (2-3,1-2) in Pearl.

Tri-County will host 2-3 Winston Academy. The Patriots are coming off a two game win streak that snapped a three game losing streak to open the season. Their last loss was 21-20 to East Rankin. In the past two week they posted a decisive 35-7 win at Sylva Bay, who the Rebels crushed 41-21 earlier, and a 34-20 decisive win over Oak Hill (1-4,0-1) in Louisville.

Canton Academy will face the Patriots away the second weekend in October after a home matchup against Greenville Christian (1-4,0-1).