Southaven showcases many offensive weapons
Two of the surprise teams in Class 6A, Region 1 so far this season meet on the football field Friday night in Starkville.
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The Starkville Yellowjackets own a 5-2 overall mark which includes 3-0 in the division, while the Southaven Chargers won their first six games of the season before losing to Tupelo 48-34 last week.
"They had Tupelo almost put away in the first half," Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said. "In the crazy way this game can be, all of a sudden Tupelo starts to make some plays and before you know it, like our West Point second half, it was a tail of two different halves."
Mitchell said the Chargers are as good offensively as any team on the Jackets' schedule this season.
It all starts with quarterback Dominique Harris, a Mississippi State commitment, who has completed 65 of 112 pass attempts for 1,473 yards with 24 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Harris has his choice of receivers with four of them having at least 200 yards receiving.
Anthony Williams is the most productive of the four with 16 catches for 500 yards and eight touchdowns, but Tremaine Cunningham has 11 grabs for 370 yards and four touchdowns, Tysean Norris has 11 catches for 229 yards and six touchdowns and Shauntez Smith has 14 receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
The leading rusher for Southaven is Chris Rice with 454 yards on 55 carries and five touchdowns.
There's a report that two Chargers will be suspended for the Starkville game due to their role in an altercation during the Tupelo game, but that hasn't been confirmed. Southaven coach Ed Rich didn't return phone messages left by The Starkville Daily News on Wednesday seeking comment.
Even if the Chargers are short-handed by one or two players, Mitchell said they still have enough talent to be dangerous.
"They've got great speed at wide receiver and four different wide receivers, not just one or two," Mitchell said. "There's no doubt why they are as good as they are because they've got great talent.
"They have had some key injuries defensively. We don't wish anybody any bad luck, but if they miss one more game, it wouldn't hurt my feelings."
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.