Tonight’s slate of games is solid as everyone digs into the regional and district portion of their schedules. Here are ten games to get out and see as we move in to October, and how we see them.
10 GAMES TO WATCH
Olive Branch (3-2) at South Panola (5-0)
Conquistadors and Tigers meet once again in a big Region 1-6A matchup. South Panola is coming off a blowout win over Horn Lake. Brady Burse is leading a very balanced Olive Branch offense. Tigers too much at home.
Pick: South Panola 28-17
Columbus (3-2) at Tupelo (3-2)
This could decide who is the No. 2 seed out of Region 1-6A. Expect a whole lot of rushing attempts in this one. The Golden Wave is averaging 216 yards rushing and is led by quarterback Daniel Bristow, who has thrown for 890 yards and nine touchdowns. Falcons are led by promising junior running back Kylin Hill. Wave always tough on the blue turf.
Pick: Tupelo 24-20
Petal (3-2) at Oak Grove (4-1)
Pine Belt rivals will meet in huge Region 3-6A game that could decide who gets a home game in the playoffs. Panthers have been on fire the last two games with wins over Laurel and Pearl and are led by Stephen Huderson. Oak Grove is coming off a scare from Forest Hill and is led by Jordan Duncan. Warriors in a nail-biter at home.
Pick: Oak Grove 35-28
Ocean Springs (4-1) at D’Iberville (3-3)
This game might determine who is the winner out of Region 4-6A. Ocean Springs is coming off a hard-fought win over Hancock, while D’Iberville manhandled a good Biloxi team. Ocean Springs is led by quarterback Drew Windham, while D’Iberville is led by do-it-all athlete and Louisville commit Jacquelle Green. Ocean Springs comes out on top.
Pick: Ocean Springs 27-17
Germantown (3-2) at Grenada (3-2)
Yes it is early, but this could determine the region winner out of Region 2-5A. Chargers have a promising duo of running backs in Deon Harris and Davarius Bridges. Dalton Bradford has 536 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Mavericks. Chargers at home.
Pick: Grenada 24-17
North Pike (4-1) at Lawrence County (5-1)
Jaguars and Cougars open Region 4-6A play with a big matchup. Juwan Adams has already passed for 1,545 yards with 16 touchdowns, as well as 481 yards and five touchdowns. Lawrence County’s Quitten Brown has 13 rushing touchdowns. Cougars get the upper hand at home.
Pick: Lawrence County 21-20
Forest (4-1) at Philadelphia (4-2)
Bearcats and Tornadoes kick off Region 5-3A play with a huge matchup. A lot of rushing attempts will take place in this one. Forest is averaging 161 yards on the ground and is led by Ranauldrick Murrell who has 359 yards with five touchdowns. Philly is averaging 179 yards rushing, and Cortney Smith leads the way with 10 touchdowns. Tornadoes in a close one at home.
Pick: Philadelphia 14-13
Calhoun City (3-3) at East Webster (6-0)
What a dandy of a opener for Region 4-2A. Wildcats and Wolverines are hoping for deep playoff runs, but this one could decide who gets home field in the first round of the playoffs. Calhoun City is led by Brieton Sykes, who has 10 rushing touchdowns. East Webster is led by Jack Wilson. Wolverines too much at home.
Pick: East Webster 20-16
Shaw (4-2) at Simmons (4-0)
Hawks and Blue Devils will go head-to-head in what could decide who is the region winner out of Region 2-1A. Hawks are led by Jermarquis Stimage who has six rushing touchdowns. Simmons is led by Mississippi State commit Treveon Nelson. Blue Devils too tough at home.
Pick: Simmons 26-21
Jackson Prep (6-0) at Jackson Academy (2-4)
It has been a tale of two seasons for the Patriots and Raiders. Prep is out to an undefeated season, while JA has won its last two games after starting the season 0-4. But put records aside, this is one of the top rivalries in Mississippi. Prep is led by a dynamic duo at running back in Jerrion Ealy and Jacob Crawley. JA is led by Ford Adams. Patriots make it four in a row over Raiders.
Pick: Jackson Prep 31-17