The Tigers hosted the Broad Street Jaguars and despite a slew of penalties from both teams, there were some great football moments in between as Ruleville edged out Broad Street 28-22.
The Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Jaguars fell to 0-1.
Ruleville sophomore quarterback Markevion Quinn showed his command all night as he led the Tigers' offense.
Quinn finished the night completing 11-of-15 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 10 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
"He is as poised of a quarterback as you will find and he's a great leader,” Ruleville Central head coach Jerry Walker said. “I have always been impressed with his maturity level. To be going into the10th grade he excels in positions where you would expect a senior to excel and not a sophomore. He eats football and every chance he gets he's calling one of us trying to pick our brains about football.”
Broad Street head coach Damaris Mitchell was disappointed in the loss, but was encouraged that the team fought hard in its first game of the season.
"It was our first live action against competition other than ourselves and we had some mistakes, but it was our own mistakes that cost us,” Mitchell said. “We faced a good Ruleville team that came in with a good scheme and they executed. We had a chance to make some plays and we didn't.”
The Jaguars opened the game in strong fashion as they marched on a five-play, 76 yard drive that culminated in Danterris Greyer scoring on a 10-yard run with 9:25 remaining in the first quarter. Richard Horn III added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Jaguars lead.
The Tigers responded by going on a seven-play, 50 yard scoring drive that was capped off when Johntavius Hannon crossed the goal line on a one-yard run with 6:08 left in the first. The conversion attempt failed for an 8-6 score.
In the second quarter, the Tigers managed to take the lead when Quinn plowed into the endzone on a five-yard run with 11:06 left in the quarter. The conversion attempt failed, but the Tigers went ahead 12-8.
Following a punt from Broad Street and a turnover on downs from Ruleville, the Jaguars were back in business at their 34-yard line.
A 17-yard run from Horn, a 10-yard pass from Greyer to Traterrious Britton and another 10-yard run from Horn along with a facemask penalty moved the Jaguars into great position on Ruleville's 15-yard line.
A nice run from Greyer moved the ball to the seven-yard line, but disaster nearly struck on the next play as Greyer lost the football, but managed to recover it at the Ruleville 19-yard line.
Faced with a third-and-long, Mitchell called for Greyer to go to the air and he managed to find Devonte Britton for a 19-yard touchdown reception with 3:25 left in the second quarter. The conversion attempt failed, but Broad Street had regained the lead 14-12 and that would be the halftime score.
The game took an interesting twist to start the third as Broad Street kicked the ball off to Ruleville, but the ball fell in front of a Ruleville player who did not field it, but a Broad Street player did to gain the possession to start the third quarter.
That bad decision came back to haunt the Tigers as Greyer orchestrated a seven play, 60-yard drive that saw him score from three yards out with 8:11 left in the third. Horn added the two-point conversion for a 22-12 Broad Street lead.
The Tigers refused to quit. On their next possession, Quinn, Duwan Harris, Michael Williams and Eric Hunter all contributed bug runs to put the Tigers down inside the five-yard line.
With 4:45 left in the third, Quinn burst through the line for a four-yard touchdown run. Hannon added the two-point conversion for a 22-20 ball game.
Trailing by two, the Tigers needed something to happen on defense and they got just what they needed as the Jaguars fumbled and Ruleville's Roderious Jones recovered to get the ball back to Quinn and the offense.
Quinn connected with Hannon for a short gain, but on the next play, Quinn found Williams on a 65-yard catch and run for the score with 1:49 left in the third. The conversion attempt failed, but the Tigers had taken the lead 26-22.
Broad Street's next drive stalled as they were trying to score from the eight-yard line, but on fourth-and-goal, Keshaun Black's pass was batted down to give the ball back to Ruleville.
The Tigers put together a solid drive to move the ball down field, but the Jaguars eventually stopped them and forced a punt. Quinn's punt landed on the five-yard line to back the Jaguars up.
The Tigers' defense did the rest as they backed the Jaguars up more and picked up a safety for a 28-22 score.
The Tigers received the ball and was able to run out the clock for the victory.
Joining Quinn was Harris who finished with five catches for 137 yards and a TD along with six carries for 50 yards. Williams had 57 yards on seven carries and two catches for 23 yards, Daniel Flakes had two catches for 47 yards and Keyuntae Walls had two catches for 35 yards to round out Ruleville’s offense.
Broad Street was led by Greyer with 66 yards on 15 carries and two TDs and 39 yards passing with a TD completing 3-of-6 passes. Horn rushed for 117 yards on 15 carries, and Devonte Britton caught a TD pass.
Johnny Scott led the Jaguar defense with 10 tackles, followed by Devonte Brown with seven tackles and Jacorian Wren with six tackles.
Ruleville will travel to Indianola to play Gentry at 7 p.m. Friday, and Broad Street will host Coahoma AHS at 7 p.m. Friday in Shelby.