TEN GAMES TO WATCH — WEEK 10
Brandon (8-1) at Oak Grove (7-1)
Third-ranked Brandon heads to Oak Grove to face the eighth-ranked Warriors in a huge Region 3-6A matchup of Top 10 teams. Brandon is led by a very balanced offense that is averaging 200 yards per game passing and 176 yards rushing per game led by quarterback Will Rogers, running back Dallas Smith and wide receiver Jonathan Mingo. The explosive Oak Grove offense is averaging 35.1 points per game, 219 yards per game rushing and 200 yards per game rushing. They are led by quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, running back Nick Milsap and receiver Tavion Smith. The Brandon defense only allows 11.7 points per game led by defensive back Jay Stanley. Linebackers Dakara Shoto and Zihenyron Perry are among the state’s best and prove the difference in this one.
Pick: Brandon 21-17
Clinton (6-2) at Warren Central (3-4)
Clinton makes the short trip over to Vicksburg to face the Vikings in a crucial Region 2-6A matchup that could very well determine who will be the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. Clinton is led by a two-quarterback system in Caleb Miller and Hunter Hulsey. The Arrow offense is balanced averaging 138 yards per game passing and 107 yards rushing per game. Running back Greg Evans along with receivers Desmyn Baker and E. Jai Mason carry the workload. Warren Central is led by an always potent rushing attack that is averaging 272 yards per game led by Corey Wilson, Jerrious Stovall and Antonio Thompson. This is always a tough game but expect the Arrow defense to come up with one big stop.
Pick: Clinton 24-21
D’Iberville (5-2) at Gulfport (7-1)
D’Iberville heads to Gulfport and Milner Stadium to face the Admirals in a critical Region 4-6A matchup. A win by Gulfport will put them in the driver’s seat for the region title while D’Iberville needs to win to keep its chances alive of hosting a playoff game. Gulfport is a balanced offense that is anchored by a ground game that averages 187 yards per game. Quarterback T.Q. Newsome and running back Tionne Frost are the leaders. Receivers Tommie Johnson and DeSean Shields are also ones to watch for Gulfport. D’Iberville is led by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 280 yards per game. Quarterback Jaden Walley and running back Marquis Whitley make things happen. The Admiral defense will come up big at home.
Pick: Gulfport 28-21
Lake Cormorant (5-3) at Olive Branch (7-1)
Lake Cormorant travels to Olive Branch for a key Region 1-5A matchup . Ninth-ranked Olive Branch could be on upset alert after coming up just short to West Point last week. Olive Branch is led by a rushing attack that averages 242 yards per game led by running backs Gary Banks, Dakota Braswell and Cameron Mosley. Receiver Josh Stevenson is one to watch for the Conquistadors. Lake Cormorant is led by a passing attack that is averaging 156 yards per game led by quarterback Ben Rohrbacher, running back J.J. Daniels and receiver Jalen Jordan. Olive Branch bounces back at home to keep their hosting playoff hopes alive.
Pick: Olive Branch 28-17
Ridgeland (5-3) at Neshoba Central (7-2)
Ridgeland and Neshoba Central clash in a critical Region 2-5A matchup of two teams trying to keep playoff hopes alive. Ridgeland is led by a very balanced offensive attack that is averaging 231 yards per game rushing and 203 yards per game passing. Quarterback Zy McDonald, running back Markell Young and receiver Yamarius Banks have all had big seasons. Neshoba Central is led by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 389 yards per game. Quarterback Austin Day and running backs Jarquez Hunter and Tyler Mathis are standouts. The Rocket ground game is too much in this one.
Pick: Neshoba Central 31-27
Picayune (6-2) at Hattiesburg (8-0)
The Picayune Maroon Tide heads up to D. I. Patrick Stadium to face the top-ranked Hattiesburg Tigers in a game that has become heavily anticipated each season. This one could be a shootout with Hattiesburg averaging 47.5 points per game and Picayune averaging 42.4 points per game. The potent Maroon Tide ground game is averaging 399 yards per game led by quarterback Jakail Myers, along with running backs Jortin Raine, Jairice Travis and Kade Turnage. The explosive Hattiesburg offense is averaging 274 yards per game rushing and 172 yards per game passing. Quarterback Jarod Conner make be the state’s most productive under center. Running back Drexlan Allen and receivers Darius Ruffin and Hakeem Vance are major difference-makers. The Tiger offense is too hard to stop.
Pick: Hattiesburg 40-30
New Albany (6-3) at Corinth (8-1)
New Albany heads up to Corinth to face the Warriors in a crucial Region 1-4A matchup. New Albany needs a win to keep its hopes for hosting a first round playoff game. Corinth is led by led by a rushing attack that is averaging 346 yards per game led by quarterback D.T. Sheffield along with running backs Zack Patterson and Tameron Patterson. New Albany is a balanced team offensively averaging 217 yards per game passing and 141 yards per game rushing led by quarterback Loden Bolen, running back Bryson Prather and receivers Zack Ball and Isaiah Cochran. The Warrior running game is too much in this contest.
Pick: Corinth 31-21
Pelahatchie (8-1) at Scott Central (9-0)
Pelahatchie ties up with Scott Central in a matchup of two ranked teams in Class 2A. This game will feature a Pelahatchie offense that is averaging 47 points per game and Scott Central’s defense that is only giving up 7.6 points per game. The Chiefs are averaging 273 yards per game rushing and 147 yards per game passing. Quarterback Javeious Purvis is a Mississippi State commit for Pelahatchie. Running backs Jamal Johnson and Ahmad Johnson and receiver Cedrick Wilder are tough to stop. The Rebels are led by a ground attack that is pounding out 236 yards per game led by quarterback Treyon Wash along with running backs Jabrelynn Vivians and Hydee Barlow. The Rebel defense makes the difference in this one.
Pick: Scott Central 35-21
Okolona (6-2) at Biggersville (9-0)
Okolona head up to Biggersville to face the undefeated Lions in a huge Region 1-1A matchup. Biggersville is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 285 yards per game. It is led by quarterback Quinton Knight along with running backs Quamon Davis and Quonn Crump-Mayes. Okolona is also led by a rushing attack that is averaging 260 yards per game. Running backs Jacorrius Standfield and Deonte Standfield are talented. The Lion ground game gets the job done in a close one at home.
Pick: Biggersville 26-22
Simpson Academy (7-2) at Lamar School (7-2)
Simpson Academy heads over to Meridian to face the Raiders in a huge MAIS Class AAAA, Division II matchup that is also a rematch of last year’s state championship game that Lamar won in overtime. This will be a battle of the Raider passing game against the Simpson heavy rushing attack. Lamar is averaging 261 yards per game passing led by quarterback Joseph Hutchinson and receivers Jacob Partridge, Jake Davidson and Jake Ransier. The potent Cougar ground game is led by Caleb Garner and Blake Boleware. Daniel Pepper and Thomas Pepper are keys to pressure Hutchinson. It’s always a close game with these two teams but it’s the Raiders who pull it out at home.
Pick: Lamar 28-27