There are eight local teams with a goose egg still attached to either side of their overall record as the prep football season in South Mississippi reaches almost a month old.
There were some interesting outcomes involving squads this week, some sort of surprising and some not as much.
Here are seven things we noticed in the “Southern Six” Friday night:
- Panther Pride — Homestanding Pascagoula had a week off after suffering a 47-6 trouncing at the hands of Gautier two weeks ago, but the Panthers bounced back in fine fashion Friday. Head coach Lewis Sims’ squad battled past visiting Wayne County and celebrated Homecoming with a 21-14 win at War Memorial Stadium. Keilon Parnell had a 7-yard scoring run and also added yet another touchdown on a 40-yard scoring strike from Silas Corder, which turned out to be the winning score. Isiah Benn returned to the PHS backfield and added a 36-yard scoring scamper, as Pascagoula snapped a seven game on the field losing streak to the War Eagles and beat WCHS in War Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1997.
- Chomp Chomp — Moss Point has opened the season with four consecutive games against a quartet of foes from Jackson County. Thankfully for the Tigers, they don’t face any more squads from that locale anymore this year. Visiting Gautier earned its second straight win of the season and kept MPHS win-less on the year with a 42-14 thumping of MPHS, as Kaden Irving accounted for four scores. Irving tossed a pair of scoring strikes to Aaron Phillips in the first half, as the Gators took a commanding 28-0 lead into halftime. He also added a pair of touchdown runs, while Emmit High and Solomon Baggett each had scoring runs as well.
- Rising Tide — Defending Class 5A state champion Picayune remained unbeaten on the year at the expense of visiting D’Iberville, recording a comfortable 35-7 win over the Warriors. The Maroon Tide, who have now won 15 straight games since losing to D’Iberville last season, earned a measure of revenge as terrific Tide tailback Dante Dowdell scored three rushing touchdowns, including one on a 98-yard dash, and finished with 232 yards rushing.
- Pirate progress — Pass Christian celebrated Homecoming with a 21-3 win over St. Stanislaus, moving the Pirates to 3-1 on the young campaign. It marked the third straight win, and fourth in the last five outings, for the Pass over it neighboring rival Rock-A-Chaws. Pirates quarterback Ladd Scriber threw a pair of touchdown tosses, a 71-yarder to Anthony James and a 20-yarder to Larry Burk, and Lashawn Laneaux tallied a short scoring run in the win. Defensively, Pirates sophomore defensive back Lathan Lewis picked off a pair of interceptions and Karsten Mooney registered 11 tackles including four for a loss.
- Jacket Juice — St. Martin traveled to Johnny Ainsworth Stadium in Leakesville and registered its second consecutive win on the season, knocking off homestanding Greene County 42-14. Jaylon Dampeer tallied a career-high three touchdown runs, while D.K. Jenkins added a pair of scoring passes. Jenkins threw for threw for 262 yards. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1, the Wildcats 1-3.
- Choppa Style — Homestanding Hancock invited Louisiana rapper Choppa to its Friday afternoon pep rally in the Kiln, and then the Hawks continued to ride high that evening smashing visiting Jackson Lanier 49-0 at Brett Favre Field. The Hawks are off to a 3-1 start for the third time in the last four seasons, with their only loss this year coming to unbeaten Vancleave by one point two weeks ago 20-19.
- Dynamic Duo — Longtime Harrison County arch-rivals Gulfport and Biloxi each came up with big wins at home Friday night. The Admirals turned away visiting Germantown 21-10, overcoming a 10-7 third quarter deficit by scoring 14 unanswered points to close out the contest. Meanwhile, the Indians turned away perennial state power Pearl 24-17. It marked the first-ever win for the Indians over the Pirates in three all-time meetings. Biloxi is now 2-1 on the season while Gulfport stands 3-1.