While there are still a handful of squads in “The Southern Six” that are undefeated three weeks into the current campaign, there are still two left that have yet to find their way into the win column.
There were a few surprises and a couple of other interesting outcomes involving our teams this past week, as the season inexplicably is already entering week four.
Here are 7 things we noticed in the “Southern 6” Friday night:
- Tiger tales — Moss Point picked up its first win under new head coach John Feaster as the home-standing Tigers celebrated Homecoming on Dantzler Street by slipping past St. Stanislaus 22-20. Tailback Taborious Charles scored a pair of touchdowns for MPHS, and quarterback Connor White added a score as well in the win. Meanwhile, although the Tigers handed the Rocks their first loss of the season, SSC QB Ian Gael Gonzalez Rioz ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Chesley Rhodes ran for two scores and also recorded 13 tackles on defense.
- Come sail away — Madison Central sailed into historic Milner Stadium and handed home-standing Gulfport its first loss of the season 23-21 in exciting fashion. The Jags moved to 3-0 with the come-from-behind win, while the Admirals fell to 2-1. Gulfport quarterback Nico Williams ran for two touchdowns, including one from 61 yards out, as GHS suffered its fisr loss under new head coach Blake Pennock.
- Meet me in Margaritaville — Pascagoula dedicated Friday’s game against rival Gautier in the renewal of the annual “Singing River Classic” to the memory of native son Jimmy Buffett, and the Panthers made the prodigal son proud. The Panthers rallied from a three touchdown first half deficit to pull out a thrilling 28-27 win and move to 3-0 on the year. Pascagoula head coach Lewis Sims added a parrot sticker to the back of their helmets in honor of Buffett.
- A pirate looks at 40 — Well, 42 actually as Pass Christian headed up to Carriere and also moved to 3-0 on the year with an easy 42-0 win over Pearl River Central. Pirate quarterback Ladd Scriber completed 10 passes for just over 150 yards and three touchdowns, and PHS running back Jacquez Alexander-Dedeaux ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as well in the win as PCHS remained perfect under new head coach Jeff Stockstill.
- Tough times — While PRC has lost seven straight games and 13 out of their last 14 contests, Bay High snpped a nine game losing streak with a 60-41 road win over Long Beach. The Bearcats losing streak is reaching epic proportions in the “Southern Six”, as LBHS has now lost 29 straight games on the field with yet another three forfeit defeats as well in the covid season three years ago.
- Galloping Greyhounds — Ocean Springs rallied for a big road win Friday night, overcoming a 17-0 first half deficit to pull out a 27-24 decision over previously unbeaten Northwest Rankin. New OSHS quarterback William Berglind completed 20-of-29 passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns, as the Greyhounds haned new head coach Jake Bramlett his first road win and moved to 2-1 overall.
- Friday fun — Biloxi’s Jalen Anderson produced one of the best all around football performances in the 120 year-plus history of the Indian program history Friday night. The speedy versatile junior standout scored a touchdown in all three phases of the game against visiting George County as Biloxi bombed the Rebels 34-14 to move to 2-1 on the young season. The swifty 5-foot-9 Anderson hauled in a key 45-yard scoring pass on the final play of the first half, and then he returned an interception 47-yards for a touchdown and also added a 14-yard scoop and score in the Indians big win. He also blocked a punt in the first quarter that resulted in a 14-yrd score and he recovered yet another fumble as well.