By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave doubled up the Southaven Chargers on Friday. In more ways then one.
Changing its base offense to a “double wing” in the second half, Jarvis Wilson logged some tough but key yards rushing to help the Wave roll to a 26-13 Division 1-6A victory over the Chargers, remaining undefeated.
“I told Southaven head coach Ed Rich before the game that we’ve both got books and books on what each other does,” Tupelo head coach Trent Hammond said. “We had to change gears and we went to a double wing.
“That’s a whole different thing than we normally do.”
Tupelo improved to 7-0 on the season, a feat not seen by the school since the 1991 season. But most importantly, the Wave is 3-0 in division play and heading toward a showdown next week at Class 6A icon South Panola, also 3-0 this season in league play.
Against the well-prepared Chargers (5-3, 1-2), Tupelo’s opportunistic defense and overall patience helped gradually build up a four-touchdown lead. Tupelo broke the ice on its first possession of the contest as Quinn Tiggs scored on a 5-yard run.
Lulling Southaven to sleep with its run game later in the half, Tupelo saw quarterback Daniel Bristow hit Rodney McIntosh in stride, eventually totaling a 67-yard score as the Wave went into the intermission with a 13-0 lead.
The Wave defense made its mark in the third quarter. Having already picked off three passes, Antonio Clifton stepped in front of a Shea Chism throw and raced untouched 76 yards for the score.
Tupelo topped of its scoring on the first possession of the fourth quarter, a 50-yard drive with Reed Taylor going the final yard for the TD.
“The line was doing a great job, and I was making plays off them,” said Wilson, who rushed for 102 yards, 88 in the second half for Tupelo. “Now we’re trying to shock the world.”
In the final eight minutes of the contest, Southaven scored on passes of 90 yards to Tedrick Wiggins and 79 yards to Terence Davis.