Senior Taury Dixon received the opening kickoff for Germantown High School and juked and sped past Yazoo County defenders on the way to a 92-yard touchdown, which proved to foreshadow the events to come.
It was the first of two kickoff returns for a touchdown by Dixon in the 31-12 victory for Germantown.
Yazoo County head football coach Bernard Euell believed that the special teams plays were huge momentum swings for the Mavericks.
“We had a big breakdown in assignment on special teams,” Euell said. “We looked at it on film over the weekend and saw the breakdowns. On special teams, a missed assignment can often lead to a touchdown, and it happened to us twice on Friday. I think that swung the whole game in their favor. We could have taken a 6-0 game into halftime.”
The 7-0 lead was one that the Mavericks would not lose.
Germantown outscored Yazoo County 7-0 in the first, 10-6 in the second, 7-0 in the third, and 7-6 in the fourth to bring the final to 31-12.
The defense for Yazoo County held Germantown to 251 total yards and 17 points, but the special teams plays were too much to overcome for the Panthers.
Sophomore sensation Kenneth Gainwell had another big week for the Panthers. He went 13-for-24 for 155 yards through the air and racked up 115 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries on the ground.
Keldrick Brown had six receptions for 96 yards in the losing effort.
Terrance Milsap also chipped in four receptions for 42 yards.
Yazoo County will try and get back on track on Friday night when they travel to face Richland (0-2), who is coming off of a 34-15 loss to Pelahatchie.
Euell and the Panthers saw Richland in the pre-season a year ago, but the Rangers still remain somewhat of a mystery.
“This will be the first time we have played Richland in a regular season game,” Euell said. “We played them in a Jamboree a year ago. I’m not exactly sure what type of team they are yet, but we’ll scout them and have our team prepared. They are a 4A school, so you know they will have some athletes.”
Kickoff between Yazoo County and Richland is set for 7 p.m.