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The week 5 edition of Mississippi Gridiron weekly.

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  • SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2015

    GRIDIRON

    INSIDE CHAD KELLY READY FOR BAMA MSU, WHAT WE LEARNED GOLDEN EAGLES ROMP BIG 10 AND LITTLE 10 RANKINGS

    AND NOTES TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOL GAMES MACJC ROUNDUP HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULES

    TOP 10 1. SOUTH PANOLA 2. STARKVILLE 3. WAYNE COUNTY 4. HATTIESBURG 5. NOXUBEE COUNTY 6. OAK GROVE 7. ST. MARTIN 8. MADISON CENTRAL 9. BRANDON 10. NORTHWEST RANKIN LITTLE10 PG.9

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  • 2 MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON 2015

    Noxubee County senior defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons has compiled 52 total tackles through four games this season with 8.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

    5 CHAD KELLY READY FOR BAMA: Chad Kelly has the Rebels ready for a trip to Tuscaloosa.

    7 WHAT WE LEARNED - LSU EDITION: Paul Jones tells us what we learned from MSUs game against LSU.

    7 SOUTHERN MISS ROMPS AUSTIN PEAY: Southern Miss rolled over visiting Austin Peay Saturday.

    8 COLLEGE GAME BY GAME: A quick look at every college game in Mississippi.

    9 HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS AND NOTES: Our staff takes a look at everything happening in high school football.

    10 NATIONAL GUARD TEAM OF THE WEEK: We highlight last weeks best performances around the state.

    12 TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOL GAMES: Our staff takes a look this weeks top 10 high school games.

    13 MACJC ROUNDUP: The Mississippi junior colleges are in full swing in week 4 of the season.

    14 HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: A full listing of every high school game this week in the Magnolia State.

    15 HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS: Updated standings of every region and district in Mississippi.

    On the Cover: Ole Miss junior quarterback Chad Kelly is the nations leader in QBR. Kelly led the Rebels to touchdowns on all seven of his drives versus Fresno State last week and has thrown six touchdowns in his first two games.

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  • 5MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON 2015

    Chad Kelly is the starting quarter-back for the Ole Miss Rebels.

    There is simply no more denying it after Saturday.

    The junior college transfer made everything look easy, completing 20-of-25 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the Rebels 73-21 blitzing of Fresno State. Kelly also added a 4-yard touchdown run in the rout.

    If Kellys performance on the field Saturday didnt end his months-long quarterback battle with Ryan Bu-chanan and DeVante Kincade, Hugh Freeze did following the game.

    He is the starter, Freeze said of Kelly. I said yesterday, I guess it was with the ESPN crew that did the game, that it is his to lose, and he cer-tainly has done nothing to put himself out of it. So hes the starter. I expect that to continue, but I like Ryan and DeVante also.

    Buchanan and Kincade both played Saturday, but not until Kelly had led Ole Miss to a 28-0 first-quarter lead with touchdown passes of 14 yards to Cody Core, and end zone strikes of 16 and 50 yards to Quincy Adeboyejo. The Rebels other score in the opening period came on a 4-yard run from Kelly, who could do no wrong against the visitors from California.

    I thought we did good, said Kelly. There were some things we could do better. I could have made better reads out there. I thought we definitely did good. Again, scoring 70 points is a great day.

    Kelly dodged the accolades aimed at his own play, instead compliment-ing his teammates following the game.

    The defense did a great job. My offensive line did a tremendous job. The wide receivers got open. The running backs ran hard. Im just excited about what next week has to offer, Kelly said.

    Chad Kelly was threw four TD passes and ran for another on Satur-day versus Fresno State. (Photo: John Bowen, Rebels247, 247Sports)

    Ole Miss has scored 70 points in two consecutive games to open the season. A much tougher opponent, Alabama, looms ahead next Saturday night.

    I think were doing good. We just have to make sure that were hitting on all cylinders every play, and dont take anything for granted... he said.

    I just got to keep on working in the film room, just making sure Im making the right read every single play, because one play could decide the whole game. As an offense, I think weve just got to keep on roll-ing, keep doing what were doing and listen.

    The Rebels have played the first two games of the season without All-American left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who is suspended amid an ongoing NCAA inquiry. It is still unknown whether or not Tunsil will play next week at Alabama. Kelly was asked how he feels about his offensive line minus Tunsil.

    I havent seen a sack yet. I

    After a stellar opening two weeks, Chad Kelly has Ole Miss at 2-0 and ranked 11th in the country heading into a huge game in Tuscaloosa against Alabama.

    CHAD KELLY SHINES, READY FOR BAMA

    Chad Kelly is ranked #1 in the country among Division 1 quarter-backs in total QBR. Hes thrown six touchdowns with one pick.

    by Dave Johnson Rebels247.com

    COLLEGE

    Photo by Chris Brooks

    AP TOP 25# Team Rec Pts Next Week1 Ohio State(59) 2-0 1523 9/19 vs Northern Illinois2 Alabama 2-0 1423 9/20 vs #15 Ole Miss3 TCU 2-0 1366 9/20 vs SMU4 Michigan State 2-0 1354 9/19 vs Air Force5 Baylor 2-0 1240 6 USC 2-0 1146 9/20 vs Stanford7 Georgia 2-0 1031 9/19 vs South Carolina8 Notre Dame 2-0 1012 9/19 vs #14 Georgia Tech9 Florida State 2-0 973 9/19 @ Boston College

    10 UCLA 2-0 928 9/20 vs #19 BYU11 Clemson 2-0 926 9/17 @ Louisville12 Oregon 1-1 833 9/19 vs Georgia State13 LSU 1-0 787 9/19 vs #18 Auburn14 Georgia Tech 2-0 716 9/19 @ #8 Notre Dame15 Ole Miss 2-0 713 9/20 @ #2 Alabama16 Oklahoma 2-0 705 9/19 vs Tulsa17 Texas A&M 2-0 703 9/19 vs Nevada18 Auburn 2-0 519 9/19 @ #13 LSU19 BYU 2-0 349 9/20 @ #10 UCLA20 Arizona 2-0 342 9/20 vs Northern Arizona21 Utah 2-0 290 9/20 @ Fresno State22 Missouri 2-0 264 9/19 vs Connecticut23 Northwestern 2-0 170 9/19 @ Duke24 Wisconsin 1-1 158 9/19 vs Troy25 Oklahoma State 2-0 48 9/19 vs Texas San Antonio

    Receiving votes: Temple 38, West Virginia 37, Mississippi State 32, Ten-nessee 30, Toledo 29, Kansas State 26, Arizona State 20, Boise State 16, Houston 16, NC State 14, Florida 12, Minnesota 9, Arkansas 6, California 5, Iowa 5, Miami (FL) 3, Stanford 3, Western Kentucky 2, Virginia Tech 2

    havent seen a negative play, either, Kelly said in defense of his O-line without Tunsil. I think were doing just fine. The offensive line is doing a great job, with him or without him. I know Ill be happy when he gets back, but thats going to take its course and Im just excited about who we have out there right now.

    Kellys thoughts on facing the Crimson Tide?

    Weve just got to make sure were perfect every play. Everybody has to do their 1/11th. The coaches are putting us in a great situation and making great play calls. We just got to make sure were all on point, said Kelly.

    COACHES TOP 25# Team Rec Pts1 Ohio State(62) 2-0 15742 Alabama(1) 2-0 14723 TCU 2-0 14304 Michigan State 2-0 13835 Baylor 2-0 13246 Florida State 2-0 11197 USC 2-0 11168 Georgia 2-0 11089 Clemson 2-0 948

    10 Notre Dame 2-0 90311 Ole Miss 2-0 85112 UCLA 2-0 85013 Oregon 1-1 84714 LSU 1-0 80615 Auburn 2-0 78416 Georgia Tech 2-0 73117 Oklahoma 2-0 66418 Texas A&M 2-0 59019 Arizona 2-0 42320 Missouri 2-0 32021 Utah 2-0 27922 BYU 2-0 20423 Wisconsin 1-1 20224 Northwestern 2-0 9525 Oklahoma State 2-0 71

    Receiving votes: West Virginia 49, Tennessee 43, Kansas State 39, Arizona State 36, Mississippi State 35, Duke 32, Temple 24, Miami (FL) 16, Boise State 14, NC State 13, Memphis 13, Illinois 8, Kentucky 8, Minnesota 8, Florida 8, California 6, Toledo 6, Michigan 5, Iowa 5, Nebraska 3, Arkansas 3, Pittsburgh 2, Houston 2

    SEC STANDINGSEast Division Conf AllGeorgia 1-0 2-0Kentucky 1-0 2-0Missouri 0-0 2-0Florida 0-0 2-0South Carolina 0-1 1-1Tennessee 0-0 1-1Vanderbilt 0-1 0-2West Division Conf AllLSU 1-0 1-0Auburn 0-0 2-0Ole Miss 0-0 2-0Alabama 0-0 2-0Texas A&M 0-0 2-0Mississippi State 0-1 1-1Arkansas 0-0 1-1

    C-USA STANDINGSEast Division Conf AllWestern Kentucky 1-0 2-0Charlotte 0-0 2-0Old Dominion 0-0 2-0Florida Intl 0-0 1-1Marshall 0-0 1-1Middle Tennessee 0-0 1-1Florida Atlantic 0-0 0-2West Division Conf AllRice 0-0 1-1Southern Miss 0-0 1-1Louisiana Tech 0-1 1-1North Texas 0-0 0-1UTEP 0-0 0-2Texas San Antonio 0-0 0-2

  • 7MISSISSIPPI GRIDIRON 2015

    On Saturday night as the hour crept close to midnight, we learned that Mississippi State isnt invincible at Davis Wade Stadium. We were also reminded that one half of good play isnt always enough in the rugged SEC Western Division.

    We learned that this group of Bulldogs wont lie down. Time will tell but weve also learned in previous seasons that winning or losing the