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Jackets sting on defense;Starkville gets another shutout in division play

October 20, 2012

Starkville's Taylor Johnston (12) and David Fair (3) wrap up Jerry Wright of Yazoo City Friday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The Starkville Yellowjackets remain perfect in Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 play as the defense pitched yet another shutout in the 46-0 win over Yazoo City on Friday night.
The Jackets now own a 20-quarter streak of not allowing a touchdown. The streak spans all five division contests this season and it is a streak the Yellowjackets take great pride in. 

"I don't know that I've ever been through a five-game stretch were you don't give up a point," said SHS head coach Jamie Mitchell. "You just feel like your secondary would have a bust or they would break a long run, or score on the twos.  It has just been amazing to watch and hopefully we can keep it up."

In fact late in the game, the Indians were threatening to end the streak with the ball inside the red zone before Jackets stood tall. 

"We talk about it all the time and I think they kind of bowed their neck a little bit and said enough is enough," Mitchell said. "I just feel real good about them and how they are playing."

Starkville wasted no time getting into the end zone when after a Yazoo City quick kick on third down the Jackets struck from 28 yards out when Gabe Myles found Kentrell Spencer for the alr 7-0 lead and from that point SHS never looked back. 

The Jackets went on to add a 12-yard scoring run from Darius Grayer who carried the ball six times for 99 yards and a pair of scores for the game. He was followed by Jaquez Horsley, who continues to impress, had nine carries for 63 yards and a score. The always dependable Preston Baker also factored in with 45 yards on just four carries, despite hurting his ankle again this week in practice. 

Through the air, Myles completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and three scores. The senior quarterback also carried the ball seven times for 101 yards. 

"I thought we did a lot of good things (Friday night)," said Mitchell of his offense, which compiled 465 yards of total offense, 310 of which came on the ground. "We've just have a lot of weapons. I mean we've got wide outs, running backs, quarterback, tight ends. (There are) a lot of guys that can make plays. It just makes us hard to defend."

Starkville will now take its unblemished district record of 5-0 in the division on the road to face Callaway next Friday night in the fight for the top seed in the 2012 Mississippi High School playoffs.

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