Here’s your Friday football rewind from last weekend’s high school schedule for DeSoto County schools that played Thursday and Friday.
Horn Lake 47, Columbus 6 - The Eagles rolled past the winless Falcons with 27 first-quarter points and a 40-6 halftime lead. Quarterback Raydarius Jones threw for 105 yards (4-for-6) and a touchdown for Horn Lake (7-0/3-0). Emeko Blakes Jr. caught one pass for 45 yards and a score. On the ground, Patrick Gilliam led a balanced attack with three carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Jones, Jamario Harris and Jaylen Sulton also crossed the goal line on the ground for the Eagles.
Meanwhile for Columbus (0-7/0-3), Devarkus Ramsey carried 10 times for 33 yards in the loss. Quarterback Jaelan Craddeith completed three of nine passes for 92 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Jervorius Vance caught the scoring pass of 89 yards.
“We capitalized on some big plays that changed the whole tempo of the game early in the first quarter,” said Horn Lake coach Brad Boyette. “Our defense gave up one big play but other than that played lights out and we were able to maintain momentum.”
Olive Branch 13, Grenada 7 - Gary Banks II scored from four yards out with 5:20 left in the third quarter to give the Conquistadors (7-0/3-0) the winning points in a close Region 1-5A ball game at Grenada (3-5/1-2). Despite the closeness of the final score, Olive Branch dominated offensively, churning out 379 yards total offense to Grenada's 107 yards. The Quistors' defense held the Chargers to just 29 rushing yards and 78 yards in the air. Meanwhile, quarterback Cole Catledge was 16-of-30 passing for 273 yards and one touchdown, a 13-yard catch by Josh Stevenson with just 34 seconds left in the first half. Banks finished with 70 yards rushing for the contest and Stevenson caught 11 passes for 175 yards. Stevenson's 11 catches tied a school record for receptions in a game. Jay Banks Jr. caught 11 in 2015 against Starkville.
Tupelo 29, Southaven 7 - The Golden Wave scored all 29 points in the second half, after trailing the Chargers 7-0 at intermission. Jaquerrious Williams ran for 123 yards in the victory for Tupelo (6-1/3-0) and scored three times. Southaven (2-5/1-2) opened the game with a Kalen Chambers pass interception of 48 yards and a score in the closing minute of the first quarter.
Center Hill 14, Saltillo 0 - Matt Burrow scored on a 10-yard run and Center Hill added another score from Preston Newson from one yard out in the first half. Then, the defense took over and slammed the door on any Saltillo comeback in the second half of the Region 1-5A contest. The Tigers had the edge in total offense, 331-242, but the Mustangs dominated the ground attack by a 242-136 margin.
West Point 47, Lake Cormorant 7 - The defending MHSAA 5A state champions won their fourth straight game and West Point (6-1/3-0) stopped Lake Cormorant's (3-4/2-1) two-game win skein with Friday's victory. Lake Cormorant's only score came in the fourth quarter.
Magnolia Heights 35, North Delta 12 - After clinging to a 7-6 halftime lead, Magnolia Heights (5-3) erupted for 28 second-half points against North Delta (4-5) in the Chiefs' final tuneup before the start of MAIS AAAA-2 division play in two weeks.
USJ 28, Northpoint Christian 0 - Tyler Wallace ran for 158 yards and TJ Tharpe added another 127 yards as University School of Jackson (Tenn.) (4-3/3-1) shut out Northpoint Christian (0-7/0-4). Wallace also caught one pass for 24 yards in the victory.
Oxford 21, DeSoto Central 17 (Thursday) - The closest game of the night Thursday was at DeSoto Central (3-5/1-2), where Oxford (6-1/3-0) had to rally with a score late to defeat the Jaguars 21-17 in a Region 1-6A contest. A 51-yard touchdown play with less than a minute remaining gave the Chargers its sixth straight victory. Shemaar Stapleton scored both Jaguar touchdowns, an 18-yard run and a three-yard run, all coming in the second half. DeSoto Central also had kicked a field goal in the first half to trail Oxford 8-3 at the break. The Jags have now lost two in a row and five of its last six.
South Panola 35, Hernando 10 (Thursday) - South Panola (3-5/1-2) stopped a three-game skid with a 35-10 win at home against Hernando (2-5/0-3), which has now lost five straight after opening with two victories. A seven-yard run from Aaron Jones and a 38-yard field goal from Brandon Boren were Hernando’s only points of the Region 1-6A contest.
Lafayette 35, Lewisburg 6 (Thursday) - Lewisburg (3-4/0-3) was throttled by Lafayette (5-2/2-1) 35-6 in a Region 1-5A game. The Commodores reeled off their 35 points before Blake Speed entered the end zone with three minutes left for the Patriots’ only points. Lewisburg has now dropped three straight and has scored only 13 points in those three losses.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.