Armstrong eighth graders get football victory over Grenada

Members of the Armstrong eighth grade football team pause between plays on Monday night against Grenada.

Staff Writer

It may have taken the Armstrong Yellow Jackets about a quarter to get going on Monday night against Grenada.

Once they did, there was no denying the eighth grade Jackets a victory.

Armstrong established a 14-6 halftime lead, then shut out Grenada 12-0 in the second half to take a 26-6 decision.

Coach Steve Denson was happy to see his Jackets adjust to some unexpected strategy out of the Chargers.

"They gave us some offensive sets we had not seen before on film," Denson said. "It fooled us a little in the first half on the scoring drive. They adjusted at halftime and really did a good job stuffing it."

The two teams traded first-quarter touchdowns as Derrick Shanklin found the end zone from 40 yards out for the Jackets.

In the second quarter, Justin Jenkins scored on a 9-yard run and two-point conversion run at the 1:14 mark to give Armstrong a 14-6 advantage at halftime.

C.J. Willis had a 14-yard touchdown run for the Jackets with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter, then Shanklin capped the outing with his second score, a 30-yarder, with 39 seconds left in the game.

Defensively, William Wells had a pair of fumble recoveries for Armstrong.

The Jackets improved to 2-1 with the win. They travel to Columbus on Thursday.

"We lost our opener to Noxubee, but we came back strong and really handed it to a good West Point team," Denson said. "They will bounce back and be ready to roll (against Columbus). I expect it."

The ninth grade game between Starkville and Grenada was in progress late at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Those results were not available at press time.

Ninth grade game
Starkville 14, Grenada 7

The Starkville High School ninth grade football team was led by a heavy rushing attack that resulted in two touchdowns by Jordan Mitchell and the Yellow Jackets earned a victory.

It was a hard fought defensive outing and Starkville's defense stood strong at the 5-yard line as time expired.

The Jackets improved their record to 2-1 and will also play at Columbus on Thursday night.