Football review

Deon Biggins (21) of Horn Lake stares down Lake Cormorant’s Tayshawn Watson (6) prior to the snap during Friday’s 58-9 Horn Lake victory on the Gators’ home field.

Here is our Friday football rewind of last week’s high school action involving DeSoto County teams. With Horn Lake’s victory over Lake Cormorant and Olive Branch not playing Friday, the county still has two undefeated football teams through five weeks of the season.

HORN LAKE 58, LAKE CORMORANT 9: The 4-0 Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage against their western DeSoto County rivals in the second annual Lake Bowl contest Friday night at 2-2 Lake Cormorant. Quarterback Raydarius Jones raced down the field on the first play after kickoff with an 83-yard run to open the scoring. The Eagles were never challenged after that.  

Jones finished the night with 178 rushing yards and a touchdown for Horn Lake. Meanwhile, Nakobe Dean took the ball just twice but scored touchdowns both times on short yardage runs against the Gators. Freshman Jaylen Sulton also scored for the Eagles on the ground. In the air, Jones was 7-for-13 for 151 yards, two touchdown passes to Landon Booker and Octavious Williams.

Drew Levinson scored on an interception return and Sulton also scored on a punt return.

“We started fast and we were able to keep that moment,” said Horn Lake coach Brad Boyette after the victory. “Lake Cormorant is a very well-coached team and I was nervous as a cat coming into this thing. We were able to steal the moment real early and make a difference in the ball game.”

“You are not defined by what the score says,” Lake Cormorant coach Nick Nester told his team. “When you play a good team and make mistakes, the points add up quick. We’ve got to play more attention to detail and our effort needs to be better.”

MEMPHIS CENTRAL 12, DESOTO CENTRAL 9: A touchdown scored with less than two minutes left gave the Warriors the win over the Jaguars in the low-scoring contest.  The loss is DeSoto Central’s (2-3) third straight after two consecutive wins to begin the season.

GERMANTOWN TENN. 44, SOUTHAVEN 14: The Red Devils broke the game open with 19 fourth-quarter points to claim the interstate contest played at Southaven. The loss evened the Chargers’ record to 2-2. Caleb Offord’s 40-yard fumble return and a 20-yard pass to Isaiah Brevard for a touchdown put the points on the board for Southaven Friday night.  

BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN 20, HERNANDO 19: The Saints came down to Hernando and held off the Tigers as Briarcrest moved to 4-1 for the season.  Hernando scored first but Briarcrest held a 20-13 lead with 5:20 remaining. The Tigers found the end zone to get to 20-19 with 1:55 left, but the extra point attempt failed and Briarcrest ran out the clock to get the win. Hernando dropped to 2-2 for the fall with a trip to Tupelo next week to open the district season.  

LEWISBURG 44, FAYETTE WARE, TENN. 0: The Patriots (3-1) held a 23-0 lead at halftime and scored three more times in the second half of the shutout victory. Quarterback Paul Michael Green threw for 98 yards and ran for 69 yards more to lead the offense. Blake Speed ran for a rushing score and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Green and Dylan Brigman scored rushing touchdowns and Cole Simmons recovered a fumble for another touchdown.  

FIRST ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN 32, NORTHPOINT CHRISTIAN 9: FACS spoiled Northpoint’s homecoming festivities with a victory that kept the Trojans winless for the year at 0-5. Northpoint scored first on a safety and Logan Henry scrambled 24 yards for a Trojan touchdown with seven minutes left in the ball game.  

STARKVILLE ACADEMY 24, MAGNOLIA HEIGHTS 0: Starkville Academy improved to 5-0 with Friday’s victory, while Magnolia Heights dropped to 3-2 after three straight wins. The Volunteers have shut out three of their last four opponents and given up just 14 total points in that span.

CENTER HILL 31, CROCKETT COUNTY, TENN. 20: Center Hill running back Matt Burrow had 26 carries for 184 yards and four touchdowns in the win against Crockett County, Tenn. The Mustangs’ offense averaged 7.3 yards per carry and had four different backs average over six yards per carry in the win, moving Center Hill’s record to 3-2 entering the start of district play next week. 

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.