South Pontotoc needs just one more win to match last season’s total.
The Cougars throttled Vardaman 43-13 in area high school football action Friday night to improve to 2-0.
South Pontotoc was 3-8 last year.
“There was a confidence issue,” first-year coach Michael Bradley said. “We’re trying to get them to motivate themselves. The mind is a very powerful thing. If you believe you can do something you have a lot better chance of doing it.”
Scoring 22 points in one quarter can lead to great confidence, and that’s what the Cougars did at Vardaman.
Clay Hood put South on the board with a 5-yard touchdown run. LaDarius Catledge scored from 36 yards out and Austin Morphis from 47 yards out also in the opening period.
In the second quarter Xavier Hobson scored on a 3-yard run and a 4-yard pass from Colton Rogers as the Cougars built a 36-6 halftime lead.
Nettleton 47, Mooreville 27: Quarterback Jordan Smith threw for six touchdowns and rushed for another in the Tigers’ (1-1) win against the Troopers (1-1).
Kendall Gardner and Jerrod Walker had two TD receptions each.
East Webster 35, Noxapater 0: At East Webster, Jack Wilson threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 29-yard run.
The Wolverines (2-0) led 21-0 after the first quarter. Wilson threw scoring passes of 7 yards to Luke Wilson and 11 yards to Malcomb Jones, and East Webster also scored on a 52-yard punt return by Chase Keller.
Wilson passed 26 yards to Deangelo Liggins for a third-quarter touchdown.
Thrasher 41, TCPS 20: At Thrasher, the home team led 27-0 at halftime. Thrasher (1-1) got touchdown runs of 13 and 15 yards from Kendall Guy. Tanner Dobbs scored on an 8-yard run and also passed 10 yards to Jalen Warren for another score.
TCPS (0-2) got rushing touchdowns of 4 and 6 yards from Caleb Kitchens, who also passed 45 yards to Lane Tate for another score.
Kossuth 20, McNairy Central 0: At Kossuth, the Aggies (1-1) scored all the game’s points in the second quarter.
Matthew Stewart scored on a 5-yard run, Weston Bobo on a 9-yard run, and Logan Morton on a 15-yard pass from Bobo.
East Union 39, Middleton, Tenn 8: At East Union, the Urchins held their ribbon cutting for the new on-campus football facility with a large crowd in attendance.
East Union used an offensive attack based on a run by committee as three different rushers scored touchdowns to pace the offense.
East Union went to the half with the momentum as Jesse Keller blocked a Middleton punt and Austin Colburn returned it 23 yards for the score as time expired.
Cage West scored two touchdowns rushing to lead the Urchin offense.
Senatobia 34, Amory 27: At Amory, Senatobia (2-0) overcame a 27-13 halftime deficit.
A Cooper Stevens 5-yard run got the Warriors to within a touchdown.
Runs of 13 yards by Courtland Barnes and 20 yards by Tevin Wooten put them over the top. Wooten scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
Amory (1-1) got two touchdowns from T.J. Fields and a 67-yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Hall to Philip Tyra.
Caledonia 47, Hamilton 20: At Hamilton, Byron Butler passed 19 yards to Austin Bishop for one touchdown and ran 17 yards for another in a losing cause. Keshon Heard scored on a 58-yard run. Hamilton is 1-1.
Okolona 54, Houlka 13: At Okolona, the Chieftains (2-0) scored 24 points in the first quarter and never looked back.
J.C. Buchanan scored on runs of 11, 9 and 20 yards in the first half. Tyson Eddie passed 29 yards to Rod Jones, and Jones also scored on a 61-yard punt return before halftime.
Bruce 41, Potts Camp 7: At Bruce, the Trojans (1-1) scored 28 points in the first quarter.
Quarterback Wesley Ross threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 3-yard run. Zack Cruthirds and Tyrone Corbitt also scored rushing touchdowns for Bruce.
Hunter Joyner scored Potts Camp’s (0-2) touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Marshall Academy 49, Oak Hill Academy 35: At Oak Hill, Marshall (2-0) got a big night from Devin McGregor, who ran 24 times for 239 yards and a touchdown.
One of Oak Hill’s (1-1) touchdowns came on a 100-yard field goal return by Ken Dill.