Olive Branch’s football team is idle this week, savoring a convincing 49-12 victory over Kirby (Memphis) in the team’s first road trip of the year. With the win, the Conquistadors became DeSoto County’s first 4-0 football team this season.
"I told the kids it's better than being 3-0," coach Tyler Turner said after the victory. "We're very excited, but we have a long way to go, though."
The Quistors felt there were several areas to work on in the bye week ahead of the team’s first MHSAA 5A division game in two weeks at home against Saltillo. But, statistics show that this was still a dominating victory over a previously unbeaten opponent.
Olive Branch held Kirby to 0 net yards rushing for the night, although the Cougars were credited with two rushing first downs. The pass-happy Cougars did produce 246 yards in the air against the Quistors.
Kirby also committed three turnovers to just one for Olive Branch.
One area Turner may want to see improved is in penalties, where the Quistors took nine penalties for 125 yards.
Demarcus Ware II remains a running back tough to stop, as he carried 22 times for 228 yards. Jacob Stephenson threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns, with Jaylon Gale catching six passes for 82 yards and a score.
* Elsewhere Friday night, while Olive Branch is 4-0 for the season, Hernando moved to 3-0 with a 24-17 home win against White Station (Memphis), scoring twice in the second quarter and adding 10 more points in the third quarter.
* DeSoto Central improved to 2-2 for the season and dropped Lake Cormorant to 1-2 with a convincing 26-7 defeat of the Gators at Lake Cormorant. The Jaguars took a 13-0 lead into halftime and fended off a Lake Cormorant touchdown with 13 fourth-quarter points.
* Southaven won its first game of the season after losing two in a row with a 17-0 home-opener victory against Holmes County Central. Micah Chillers threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, Jaylen Armstrong was responsible for 101 pass receiving yards and a touchdown, and Bryan Valenzuela kicked a 31-yard field goal.
* Northpoint Christian won the battle of area private schools with a 41-6 victory at home against Magnolia Heights. Zac Montgomery threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, with Myles McCaskill catching one pass for 61 yards and a touchdown and Cole Sanford adding another scoring catch of 37 yards. Montgomery also ran for 105 yards and another score, Lance Saulsberry ran for 76 yards and yet another Trojans’ touchdown.
Northpoint moved to 3-1 for the season, while Magnolia Heights dropped to 2-2 for the year.
* Center Hill remained winless at 0-3 for the fall, as Corinth stopped the Mustangs 35-21, spoiling homecoming night on “The Hill.” Center Hill got within 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, but another Warrior touchdown with six minutes left put the game out of reach.
* Lewisburg and Horn Lake did not play on Friday, but both will be back in action this Friday night. Lewisburg plays host to Fayette Ware, Tenn. and Horn Lake hosts Lake Cormorant in the first “Battle of the Lakes” rivalry game.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.