SP at Horn Lake Friday after big Homecoming win

Published 8:58 am Wednesday, October 27, 2021

After picking a big 35-6 homecoming win over DeSoto Central last week, South Panola can clinch the Region 1-6A championship when they travel to Horn Lake Friday for a 7 p.m kickoff.

The No. 5 ranked Tigers are 5-0 in district play and 7-2 overall while Horn Lake is 3-2 in district and 4-4 on the season. 

The Eagles are coming off a tough 27-26 district loss to Hernando last week and are fighting for the fourth and final playoff spot with one week remaining in the regular season. 

Horn Lake’s district wins have come against Lewisburg (42-7), Olive Branch (35-16), and Center Hill (37-10).

Horn Lake is led by senior quarterback Trinton Conder who has thrown for 746 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Conder’s top targets are Erwin Reed (9-336, 4TD’s) and Jarnorris Hopson (18-234, 3TD’S). 

Jamal Moore leads the Eagles in rushing with 443 yards and three touchdowns while Hopson has garnered eight rushing touchdowns on the year.

South Panola holds a commanding 43-3 series lead, but Horn Lake has won the last two meetings 33-18 in 2017 and 45-13 the following year which saw the Eagles win the 6A State championship.

In last Friday’s win over DeSoto Central, junior running back D’mariun Perteet ran for a season-high 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers broke open a 14-6 lead after three quarters. 

Marcus House, Jr., and Khalik Boothe each had interception return for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give South Panola a 28-6 cushion. Boothe finished with seven passes-broken-up while House had five deflections. 

Demarion Shaw put the finishing touches on the game with a three-yard scoring run with 3:25 remaining in the game as Connor West booted his last of four successful point after attempts. Shaw finished the night with 72 yards on seven carries, all in the fourth quarter. 

Seandun Clark added four carries for 22 yards to go with two receptions for 25 yards. 

Perteet caught three passes for 15 yards while James Scott, Michael Johnson, Jr., and John Blockmon had one reception each.

Julius Pope paced the South Panola defense with nine tackles and three passes-broken-up. 

Mykel Allen followed with seven tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 

Jalen Kirby contributed with six stops while Landis McKinney and MoTrell Chapman added four tackles each. 

Photo: Seandun Clark turns upfield against DeSoto Central in last week’s 35-6 Homecoming win. (Glennie Pou)