Jackets win senior night versus Meridian rival


Colin Kennedy

Junior RB Jordan Mitchell breaks free on a big run.

Jaliyah Akins

STARKVILLE, Miss., September 18, 2020 – The Starkville Yellow Jacket football team hosted the senior night game against the Meridian Wildcats at Yellow Jacket Stadium. The final score was Jackets 35-Wildcats 14.

The captains of the game were Johnson, Hendrix, and the rest of the senior class. Jackets won the toss and deferred to the second half. Eaves to kickoff. Starkville, ready to dominate, started the game with the kickoff to Meridian.

On the first down, a ‘roughing the kicker’ penalty was assessed to the Wildcats. A minute later York intercepted a Wildcats incomplete pass. Later in the first quarter, Luke Altmyer made a complete pass to Stacy Robinson for a Yellow Jacket touchdown. Eaves PAT was good. The Yellow Jackets had the lead score Jackets 7-Wildcats 0.

“I feel like we played good, but we have a lot of getting better to do and we need to finish games better. We have a good team and we just have to go harder in practice week after week,” said wide receiver Stacy Robinson. Robinson had a total of eight catches, 110 yards, and three TDS.

Starting the second quarter off, there was a flag on the play against the Wildcats. The flag was a 5- yard penalty for a face mask. After the play, the Yellow Jackets came back with another surprising Yellow Jacket Touchdown by Leroy Hollingshed. Hollingshed had a total of 20 yards, one Touchdown, and five catches.

“Well I didn’t like the win because I think we could’ve did better. And our offense could have did a better too. But, me as a wide receiver, I think all the wide receivers could have did better,” said Hollingshed. “We had too many dropped balls, but we made up for it in the end. We just need to come to practice and work hard and it will pay off in the long run.”

The Yellow Jackets had a total of 16 first down rushing yards and seven first down passing yards. In Net rushing yards they had a total of 152 rushing attempts, one rushing touchdown, 161 yards gained rushing, and nine yards lost rushing. In Net passing yards they had a total of four passing touchdowns, and 21-30-1 completions- attempts-interceptions.

“Any win is a good win and I’m proud of my teammates and the way they played. But there are many areas to get better in, especially to get to our goal in winning a State Championship!” said Altmyer. “We have to get better each week.”

The 3-0 Jackets advanced to take on South Panola at South Panola next week at 7 p.m.