August 18, 2012 3:57:59 AM
From Staff Reports
For the Columbus High School defense, it was a very strong statement.
The Falcons forced five turnovers while posting a 21-0 shutout of Aberdeen High School in the prep football season opener for both teams Friday night at Falcon Field.
Kevin Jackson rushed 16 times for 95 yards to pace the Columbus offensive attack. Quarterback Trace Lee threw for one touchdown and rushed for another. Jimmy Cockrell also had a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown for the hosts.
Starkville Academy 13, St. Andrew's 0
RIDGELAND - Starkville Academy made two first-half touchdowns stand up in a victory over St. Andrew's.
Quarterback Drew Pellum capped the Volunteers' first offensive possession of the season by scoring on a 6-yard run. Michael Miller added a 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Miller paced the Volunteers with 15 rushes for 68 yards. Starkville Academy had 211 yards of total offense as a team.
Colby Runnels had 100 all-purpose yards, including 55 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards.
St. Andrew's finished with 127 total yards, including minus-32 yards rushing.
West Oktibbeha 66, S.V. Marshall 6
MABEN - Quarterback Von Smith threw for five touchdowns and rushed for another as the Timberwolves had no problems in their season opener.
Defensively, West Oktibbeha allowed two first downs and forced five fumbles. The outmanned guests did not score until a 25-yard rush on the game's final play.
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