Starkville Yellow Jackets toss fourth division shutout

By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal

STARKVILLE – This time a year ago, it was the Starkville offense that ignited the team’s run through Division 2-5A and a spot in the Class 5A championship game. But this year it’s the Jackets’ defense leading the charge, and that was the case again Friday night.
Starkville recorded another shutout in Division 2-5A action with a 46-0 win over Yazoo City on homecoming. The Jackets have notched four shutouts in five division games and even more remarkable, the defense has not allowed a single point in division action and hasn’t allowed a point in 24 consecutive quarters.
The Jackets won their fifth straight to move to 6-3 overall and 5-0 in the division while the Indians fell to 4-5 overall and 2-3.
“I tell you, I don’t know if I’ve ever been through a stretch of five games where the defense didn’t allow a point,” said Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell. “That is incredible. You would think there would be a busted assignment here or there or somebody would put together a long drive or a missed tackle or something.
“It’s been amazing to watch these guys play. Hopefully they can keep doing it.”
Starkville also had the usual suspects make plays on offense. Senior quarterback Gabe Myles had his most productive game of the season. The 2013 Mississippi State commit completed 10 of 15 for 155 yards with three touchdown passes and also rushed for 101 yards.
Starkville stayed with the ground game much of the first half but Myles still managed a pair of touchdown passes in that first half.
The Jackets posted 19 points in the second quarter and capped the quarter off with Myles’ second touchdown just three ticks left in the half.
Of course, the Jackets’ defense continued their dominating ways and allowed just 64 total yards in the first two quarters of play.
“One good thing about it is our offense knows they are usually going to get it on a short field,” said Mitchell. “And that’s been happening a lot. Our defense is getting a lot of three-and-outs for us and our offense is taking advantage.”
Starkville outgained Yazoo City 465-133 in total yards and had a balanced showing on offense.
Along with Myles’ rushing total, Starkville’s Darius Grayer rushed for 99 yards on just six carries while sophomore Jaquez Horsley also added a late rushing touchdown.