DeSoto County High School’s football season ended with a loud bang Friday night when three teams fell in postseason action of the first round of the MHSAA 6A.
Southaven, DeSoto Central and Lewisburg were all dismissed in their attempt to advance to the second round of the playoffs next Friday.
Probably the biggest crash of the night happened in Southaven, where the Southaven Chargers were beaten 38-12 by the Starkville Yellow Jackets.
Many thought Southaven, who went into the game with a perfect 10-0 record and Region 1-6A champions, would slip past the Jackets, who came with a 7-3 mark and were the No. 4 Region 2-6A .
During a revenue-hit first quarter, it was a Starkville envelope deep in Jacket territory that resulted in Charger quarterback Britton Stovall scoring the night’s first touchdown, a one-yard run at 3:35 in the opening period for one 6-0 lead. However, the extra point kick was blocked and that would be a trend for both teams in the competition. Only two extra point attempts were successful all night.
After Stovall scored, Starkville responded late in the first half to a 23-yard pass play by quarterback Billy Petty III to Stonkka Burnside for a goal and a tie, 6-6 at halftime.
The second half belonged entirely to the Yellow Jackets, especially the third quarter.
Petty crossed the goal line twice on carries of 13 and 5 yards, and running back Curtis Willis passed for points from 4 and 44 yards as Starkville built a 31-6 lead after three quarters.
Petty came on from nine yards with five minutes left to take a 38-6 lead, and Calvin Williams answered for Southaven with the last touchdown of the night, a five-yard run to make it 38-12.
As the game progressed and Starkville’s lead grew, so did tension between the teams, eventually leading to an apparent disqualification of the players late in the competition.
The Chargers ended their season with a final 10-1 record despite a perfect regular season. Starkville makes the playoffs with a 9-3 overall score. The Yellow Jackets are also 19-4-0 in the all-time season series against Southaven and have won five straight games. The Chargers’ last win against Starkville was a 28-27 win in 2010.
Starkville travels to Clinton for his second round contest on Friday, November 18.
TUPELO 42, LEWISBURG 0: The Lewisburg Patriots were knocked out by the Tupelo Golden Wave 42-0, the third straight time Lewisburg has fallen to Tupelo in a game on the blue turf of the Golden Wave. The last time Lewisburg (5-6) played in the playoffs was in 2012 when the Patriots beat Cleveland 28-23 but then lost to Itawamba AHS 30-3.
CLINTON 41, DESOTO CENTRAL 14: Two touchdown passes from Andrew Moore was the offense DeSoto Central was able to muster in the loss to the Arrows, who mow down host Starkville in the next round. One was a 21-yard pass to Ethan Minor and came after Clinton took a 27-0 lead. The second was a pass to Quentin Hannah late in the game that put the Jaguars within 34-14 Clinton. In his fifth postseason appearance in school history, DeSoto Central is yet to win a playoff contest, now 0-5. The Jags lost 42-7 in the first round to Madison Central last year.
Friday 11 Nov
MHSAA 6A North Half Football Playoffs First Round
- Starkville 38, Southaven 12
- Tupelo 42, Lewisburg 0
- Clinton 41, DeSoto Central 14
- Madison Central 30, South Panola 21
MHSAA 6A North Half Football Playoffs – Round Two
- Starkville near Clinton
- Madison Central in Tupelo