5 take­aways from Week 9 of high school foot­ball

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Khari Thomp­son Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

1. MUS and Chris­tian Broth­ers are the top teams in DII-AAA West

Fri­day night re­vealed in con­vinc­ing fash­ion who the top two teams in DIIAAA West are. MUS (7-0, 2-0) shutout Bri­ar­crest (5-3, 0-2) 38-0, and Chris­tian Broth­ers (7-1, 2-0) steam­rolled St. Bene­dict (6-2, 0-2) 42-7. By half­time, the Owls and Pur­ple Wave led their games a com­bined 70-7. LSU com­mit­ment Mau­rice Hamp­ton had six catches for 72 yards and a touch­down for MUS in ad­di­tion to an 87 yard punt re­turn for a touch­down. Owen Brody was 11-16 pass­ing for Chris­tian Broth­ers, and com­pleted passes to seven dif­fer­ent re­ceivers. MUS and Chris­tian Broth­ers will meet on Oct. 26 at CBHS. The game will be the reg­u­lar sea­son-fi­nale for both schools.

2. Olive Branch suf­fers first loss

Pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Olive Branch (7-1) suf­fered its first loss at home against West Point (7-1) in a 34-33 con­test. Dakota Braswell had 102 yards rush­ing, Cole Cat­tledge was 11-16 pass­ing with two TDs, and Josh Steven­son hauled in 6 catches for 92 yards but it was not enough for the Con­quis­ta­dors to over­come the Green Wave. Olive Branch will host Lake Cor­morant (5-3) next week.

3. Horn Lake es­capes with a close win

Horn Lake (8-0) pulled out a tough 2817 road win over Ox­ford (6-2). Ox­ford jumped out to a 17-7 half­time lead, but the Horn Lake de­fense main­tained a shutout the rest of the way while the of­fense put up 21 sec­ond half points. Horn Lake's next match-up will be at home against Her­nando (3-5).

4. Fayette Academy bounces back

Fayette Academy (7-1, 4-1 DII-A) bounced back strongly from last week's loss to David­son Academy by beat­ing Tip­ton-Rose­mark (4-4, 2-3) 35-0. Fayette Academy and David­son Academy are the only teams in the re­gion with less than three losses. With only games against Rossville Chris­tian (1-5) and Jack­son Chris­tian (4-4) re­main­ing, Fayette Academy is in po­si­tion to earn a strong play­off seed.

5. MASE im­proves to 6-2

MASE (6-2, 4-1 8-1A) won a close 13-12 con­test against Oakhaven (2-6, 1-4). MASE now has the best over­all record in its re­gion and is tied with Hill­crest (4-4, 4-1) for sec­ond-best re­gion record. MASE is now 3-0 af­ter its blowout loss to Tip­ton-Rose­mark on Sept. 21 and will face re­gion-lead­ing Free­dom Prep (5-3, 5-0) on the road this week.

STAN CAR­ROLL, THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

Bri­ar­crest vis­ited MUS on Fri­day at Stokes Sta­dium. The Owls are led by WR/DB Mau­rice Hamp­ton ( No. 18), an LSU com­mit­ment. MUS dom­i­nated and won 38-0.

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