By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
STARKVILLE – If it had been a basketball game on Friday night between Starkville and Lanier, the battle would have been intense and evenly matched. But this matchup was on the gridiron, and Starkville won with ease.
Lanier fumbled on three of its first four possessions and Starkville took advantage early on the way to a 53-13 dominating victory.
“It is hard to evaluate, but a win is a win,” said Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell. “And the big thing is we are 1-0 in the division and hopefully we will find some things we can evaluate our kids on. We know it won’t be like this next Friday, cause Provine will be a whole different game.”
Starkville junior Stanley Higgins rushed for two touchdowns and had another receiving TD to lead the Jackets’ offense. Quarterback Gabe Myles threw a pair of touchdowns as well, while Ladorious Pittman had a rushing touchdown and defensive score.
But Mitchell wasn’t pleased with his special teams play, as the Jackets missed four extra points on the night.
“We wanted to be sharp and make sure we took care of the ball,” said Mitchell. “But I was very disappointed in our extra points and we will get that fixed. We will get better at those things.”
Pittman’s rushing touchdown came from 75 yards away and he finished the night with 103 yards rushing. In doing so he became the first Jacket to rush for more than 100 yards this season.