Each Monday I will be writing a weekly column on things I noticed from the past weekend’s slate of games or events. It may be high school, college, or professional sports, but I’ll give you some quick hits to think about.
Great Friday night of high school football
What a fun Friday night it was. Oak Grove and Petal both picked up solid wins, while Presbyterian Christian won in a thriller over Parklane Academy. North Forrest got their first win of the season with a shutout over Newton.
I was at Seminary where they emphatically defeated Sumrall. Sumrall should be fine moving forward and there is promise for the Bobcats. Back in my old hometown and in the Sports601 coverage area Laurel and Wayne County played in a classic that should outweigh the nonsense that was threatened during the past week. There is no room for hate and it certainly should not be spewed out on innocent kids or fans.
All in all, it was a great slate of games and the season just seems to be getting better as we advance through the season.
Bulldogs roll, Golden Eagles fall, but Mississippi wins
I know Southern Miss fans wanted to see their team come up with a win and break the four-game losing streak against Mississippi State. It did not go that way. Mississippi State took control early and never let up, defeating Southern Miss 38-15.
Despite the outcome of the game, I hope both fan-bases can agree that it is great to see these two teams playing one another. Growing up, I always wondered why the three D-1 schools did not play one another in football. For a kid who was ignorant of politics in sports and such, I just wanted to see Mississippi teams square off against one another. It took a while, but we finally got it at least between Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
I would say Mississippi wins when our in-state teams square off on the gridiron. Now if only we could get those Rebels to play the Golden Eagles. At least we get to see them face off on the diamond.
A Brandon, Mississippi quarterback shines in NFL debut despite the loss
In 2014 I covered a game in Meridian not knowing the magic I would see on the field. Two quarterbacks went to put on a show that evening. One was J’Mar Smith who is now the starting quarterback for Louisiana Tech. The other was Gardner Minshew. Minshew’s Bulldogs defeated Meridian 44-42 in one of the best games I ever stood on the sidelines for. He threw for 440 yards and three touchdowns that night.
Surprisingly, only three schools offered a scholarship to Minshew. Akron, UAB, and Troy. Minshew chose Troy. After a series of events, Minshew transferred to East Carolina, not without offers from Buffalo and Southern Miss according to Rivals. Another transfer very nearly sent the Brandon native to Tuscaloosa where he would likely become a GA. However, Mike Leach came calling. Leach molded Minshew into one of the most captivating quarterbacks of the 2018 college football season.
Minshew decided to give the NFL draft a shot where he was picked up as a roster hopeful for Jacksonville. Sim ahead to yesterday and a Nick Foles injury dropped Minshew into a regular-season debut. The mustached rookie finished the game 22-25 for 275 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars' defense was overwhelmed by the 2018 NFL MVP Pat Mahomes, but Minshew was the talk of the town.
I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it: Minshew is the best high school quarterback I’ve been blessed to cover. There have been good ones, but Minshew and his mustache are a different breed. I’ll enjoy rooting for him as long as he is in the league.