Some things changed while others remained the same as local prep football teams in the “Southern Six” took to the gridiron Friday night.
Win streaks continued, as did some losing streaks and playoffs hopes were heightened and others seemingly dashed at the same time.
Here are 7 things things in the “Southern 6” we noticed last week:
- On a roll — Hancock remained the only unbeaten team in the “Southern Six” and one of only a handful of teams across the state of Mississippi at 7-0 with a 42-26 win over homestanding West Harrison to open Region 4-6A play. The Hawks, off to their best start in 23 years, got a big game from senior signal-caller Dylan Moran who threw for 278 yards and tossed three touchdown passes. Neil Acker was Moran’s favorite target, hauling in two of the scoring strikes and totaling 163 reception yards.
- On a roll (part 2) — Ocean Springs won its fifth straight game since an opening season loss and destroyed D’Iberville 43-13 Friday night in the Region 4-7A opener for both teams. Will Smith ran for 110 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Greyhounds, while quarterback Will Berglind 43-13 threw for 119 yards and tossed for two touchdowns as well.
- Same results — Pearl River Central dropped to 0-6 under new head coach Jacon Webb and the Blue Devils losing streak reached 10 overall as they fell in exciting fashion 40-37 to visiting Jackson Forrest Hill for Homecoming. The loss was more harmful than most, as it came in the Region 3-6A opener for both teams and a win would have in all likelihood secured a Class 6A South State playoff berth for PRC. There are only 5 teams in that league this season, after Jackson Jim Hill decided to play as an independent, meaning the teams only play four region games. PRC must now face West Jones, Hattiesburg and Terry and try and win probably two games against that trio that are a collective 14-5 total.
- Same results (part 2) — St. Martin joined PRC at 0-6 after a 17-13 loss to visiting Harrison Central to kick off Region 4-7A action, and the Yellow Jackets losing streak reached a “Southern Six” longest at 13 games with the loss. St. Martin hasn’t made the state playoffs in five years, and the Yellow Jackets have never won a playoff game in four tries.
- Packing a punch — Powerful Picayune rolled into War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula Friday night and pummelled the Panthers 51-14 to open Region 4-6A play for both squads. The Maroon Tide brought with it a flood in the first half that head coach Cody Stogner’s crew used to its advantage and jumped on top quickly and took complete control.
- New tenant — Poplarville, the only new member in Region 8-4A, is making itself right at home in its new home as the Hornets took sole possession of first place in the league with a key 31-23 road win over Pass Christian in McDonald Stadium Thursday night. Poplarville, which had its string of sixth straight appearances in the Class 4A South State championship game snapped last season, has scored 85 points in its first two games in Region 8-4A after replacing Stone in the loop.
- Playoffs, Playoffs…? — Resurrection moved to 2-0 in Region 8-1 play with its second straight league win on the road with a 36-6 win over Enterprise Lincoln. The Eagles, in all likelihood, wrapped up a playoff berth in the Class 1A South State playoffs with the win, as Daniel Pickens ran for just over 100 yards and three touchdowns and he also caught a two-point conversion from quarterback Luke Schnoor. Schnoor threw for a pair of touchdowns, including a 40-yard scoring strike to Jaylen Harper.