Ten Games to Watch — Week 10

Hattiesburg quarterback Jarod Conner. Photo courtesy of Zac Chamblee/601ImpactSports



Oak Grove (5-3) at Brandon (5-4)

Oak Grove heads up to Bulldog Stadium to face Brandon in a must win scenario in Region 3-6A. Warriors come into the game 2-2 in the division and if they lose they could be on the outside looking in come playoff time. Bulldogs are led by a passing attack that averages just under 200 yards a game led by Will Rogers, Jonathan Mingo, Matt Stowers, Bo Whatley and Reed Tyler. Javarous Spann is settled in at running back for Brandon. Oak Grove is very balanced offensively averaging 214 yards passing and 227 yards rushing led by John Rhys Plumlee, Orlando Simon, Kevin Barnett and Deltarus Thompson. Dogs tough to beat at home.

Pick: Brandon 28-24


Warren Central (5-3) at Clinton (4-4)

Vikings make the short trip to Clinton to face the Arrows in a pivotal Region 2-6A game. The loser of this one will more than likely miss the playoffs. Warren Central, like always, is led by a fierce running game and defense. Vikings are averaging 199 yards per game led by Fred Barnum, Corey Wilson, Jr., and Jerrious Stovall. The Warren Central defense only gives up 15.3 points per game. Clinton is coming off a loss and seeking to rebound led by the passing game with Hunter Hulsey, Christian Johnson, Desmyn Baker and Terrance Newell.  Vikings just have Clinton’s number.

Pick: Warren Central 21-17


Cleveland Central (9-0) at Germantown (5-3)

Wolves will head down to face the Mavericks in a game that could decide the No. 1 and 2 seed out of Region 2-5A. Germantown is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 173 yards per game led by Noah Greenwood and Tondra Green. Mavericks will look to use the rushing attack to their advantage, run the clock and keep the potent Clevelad Central offense off the field. Cleveland Central will bring a pass-happy attack that is averaging 244 yards per game led by Kamarian Williams, Peyton Taylor, Traveyon Craig and Demontavius King. Wolves pass in what some think is their first test of the season.

Pick: Cleveland Central 26-21


West Jones (6-2) at South Jones (7-2)

Mustangs head down to Ellisville to face their county rival Braves that has beaten them each of the last two years. West Jones is coming off a big win over Laurel and could wrap up a home 5A first round playoff game with a win on Friday. Mustangs lean on a defense that gives up just 14.8 points per game and a rushing attack that averages 146.3 yards per game led by Austin Land. South Jones also leans heavily on the run game. The Braves are averaging 207 yards per game led by John Mitchell and Ricky Boleware. Mustangs end two-year skid in a close one.

Pick: West Jones 17-14


Hattiesburg (8-0) at Picayune (7-1)

It’ll be a tale of two offenses when the Tigers head down to Picayune to face the Maroon Tide in a pivotal Region 4-5A matchup. The winner of this one is in the drivers to win the division, while the loser will be the No. 2 seed most likely. Hattiesburg is led by a potent offense that averages 230 yards per game rushing and 194 yards passing led by Jarod Conner, Fabian Franklin, Drexlan Allen, D’Andre Humbles and Darius Ruffin. Picayune is led by the potent rushing attack that averages 345 yards per game led by Shaun Anderson, Jairice Travis, V.J. Holt and Jortin Raine. Maroon Tide love to use the clock to its advantage to keep the Hattiesburg high powered offense off the field. Tigers snap two-game skid to the Tide.

Pick: Hattiesburg 35-31


South Pike (6-3) at Florence (6-3)

South Pike is headed to Florence in an all-Eagle Region 6-4A matchup. Winner of this is in the driver’s seat to claim the Region 6-4A title. South Pike just needs to win, while Florence must win by 5 points or more. This one is a battle of running games. South Pike is averaging 201 yards per game led by Dontavious Turner, Kadarius Jackson and Deldrionn Amos. Florence is averaging 275 yards a game led by Ian Vaughn and Josh Quick. Florence rebounds from last week’s loss to McComb.

Pick: Florence 30-20


Houston (5-3) at Aberdeen (5-4)

Hilltoppers head over to face the Bulldogs in a pivotal Region 4-3A game. The winner will more than likely be the No. 2 seed and host a 3A first round playoff game, while the loser will be the No. 3 seed and will have to travel. Houston will lead on a heavy running game that averages 330 yards per game led by Urriah Shephard, Quenton May, Bobby Townsend and Jalen May. Aberdeen is a little balanced offensively averaging 252 yards per game rushing and 159 yards passing per game that is led by Fred Fields, Dajoun Dobbs, Isaiah McMillan and Terrance Rowe. Toppers use run game and the clock to its advantage.

Pick: Houston 30-22


Perry Central (8-0) at Collins (7-2)

The run-heavy Bulldogs will head over to Collins to face the pass-happy Tigers. The winner will claim the Region 8-2A championship, while the loser will more than likely be the No. 2 seed. Collins averages 245 yards per game passing led by Hershey McLaurin, Makel McLaurin and Zyrion Thompson. Perry Central is led by a fierce rushing attack led by Mckail Sumrall and Tijuane Bolton. Bulldog defense gets job done on the road.

Pick: Perry Central 24-18


South Delta (8-1) at Hollandale Simmons (8-0)

Bulldogs head up to Hollandale to face the Blue Devils in an intriguing non-divisional matchup between 2A and 1A contenders. South Delta is very explosive on offense averaging 223 yards per game passing and 204 yards per game rushing led by Jacobeyon Lane, Arteise Myles, Caleb Jennings, George Jackson and Wesley Jennings. Simmons is led by a fierce running game that averages 237 yards per game led by Marquez Pam, Tyderius Gibson and Demarrius Turner. The Blue Devil defense has only allowed one touchdown all season. Simmons extends winning streak to 33 games.

Pick: Simmons 23-16


Jackson Academy (7-1) at Parklane Academy (8-1)

Raiders will head down to McComb to face the Pioneers in an intriguing MAIS Class AAAA, Division I mathcup. If you like teams that like to run the ball than this one is for you. Jackson Academy is led by the duo in the backfield in Toryn Steed and Kinkead Dent. Parklane is averaging 331 yards per game rushing led by Jay Smith, Trent Coleman, Brandt Watson and Kyrin Bickham. Pioneers in a close one at home.

Pick: Parklane Academy 28-27