Clinton (8-0) at Warren Central (7-1)
Arrows will make the short trip over to Vicksburg to face the Vikings in a crucial Region 2-6A matchup. Warren Central defeated Clinton 28-26 last season and needs to win in order to keep its hopes of hosting first round 6A playoff game alive. A win for Clinton would all but wrap up the division title. Clinton is led by Cam Akers and company, while Warren Central is led by Jessie Wilson and a defense that allows just 19 points a game. Arrows get revenge.
Pick: Clinton 28-24
Petal (5-3) at Meridian (6-3)
The Panthers and the Wildcats will meet at Ray Stadium in a crucial Region 3-6A matchup. The winner increases their chances of hosting a first round of 6A playoff game. Petal defeated Meridian twice last year so the Wildcats are out for some revenge. Panthers are led by a potent rushing attack led by Tulane commit Stephon Huderson, while the Wildcats are led by a passing attack that is averaging 214 yards a game led by Eddie Brown and Tevarrius Adams. Panthers get job done on the road in a close one.
Pick: Petal 28-27
Hernando (6-2) at Horn Lake (7-1)
Tigers will take on the Eagles in a DeSoto County showdown in a huge Region 1-6A battle. The winner keeps its playoff hopes alive, while the loser can possibly be playing with their backs against the wall the rest of the season. Hernando as a well balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Robert Wilcke. Horn Lake is led by rushing attack that’s averaging 242.9 yards a game led by sophomore Tyler Grim (1,159 yards, 14 touchdowns) and a defense that only allows 14.3 points a game. Going with the home team.
Pick: Horn Lake 20-17
Oxford (5-3) at Clarksdale (7-2)
Chargers will make the trip along Hwy 6 West to Clarksdale in a Region 1-5A battle. West Point has all but clinched the No. 1 seed, so Oxford and Clarksdale along with Lake Cormorant will battle for who gets the No. 2 seed and a home 5A playoff game. All three teams still have to play each other. Chargers are led by a balanced offensive attack led by Hiram Wadlington and Jack McClure. Clarksdale is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 188.8 yards per game that’s led by Dayeveon Hill (715 yards, 13 touchdowns). The Charger offensive attack just too much.
Pick: Oxford 24-16
Itawamba AHS (7-1) at Pontotoc (8-1)
Indians will face the Warriors in a huge Region 1-4A matchup. If Itawamba wins they would clinch the No. 2 seed out of the region. If Pontotoc wins then the Warriors would need to win next to be the No. 2 seed seed and Itawamba would be the No. 3 seed. Both teams are balanced on offense. Pontotoc is led by quarterback Jacob Carter (1,617 yards passing, 15 touchdowns) and running back Gabe Harmon (1,047 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns). Itawamba AHS is led by Austin King (1,694 yards passing, 17 touchdowns) and Lamarcus Rhodes (790 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns). Pontotoc tough to beat at home.
Pick: Pontotoc 31-21
Senatobia (6-2) at Lafayette (6-2)
Warriors will make the trip to Oxford to face the Commodores in a crucial Region 2-4A matchup. If Lafayette wins then the Commodores would be region champs. If Senatobia wins then it would come down to a three way tie with Lafayette, Senatobia and Ripley and they tie breaker would come down to points. Lafayette is led by a bruising running game that is averaging 232.4 yards a game that is led by Jamarcus Quarles (1,396 yards, 11 touchdowns). Senatobia is led by wide reciever and Tulane commit Travis Tucker. Commodores get revenge on loss from last year.
Pick: Lafayette 34-20
Poplarville (6-1) at Purvis (6-2)
Poplarville will head to Purvis in a huge Region 7-4A battle. If the Hornets win they’ll be region champs, if the Tornadoes they would need to beat Forrest Co. AHS next week to clinch the region title. Both teams love to run the ball. Poplarville is averaging 370 yards a game and have two tailbacks that have rushed for over 800 yards in Austin Bolton (845 yards, 8 touchdowns) and Jesse Pernell (836 yards, 15 touchdowns). Purvis is averaging 266 yards a game on the ground and is led by John Bolton (679 yards, 6 touchdowns). Hornets get it done on the road in a close one.
Pick: Poplarville 27-20
Benton County (6-2) at Kossuth (8-1), Thursday
Buccaneers were supposed to play this at home, but both coaches agreed to play this game at Kossuth and it’s for the Region 1-3A title. Both teams are led by heavy ground games. Kossuth is led by Jaley Adams (1,023 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Matthew Bobo (11 rushing touchdowns). Benton County is led by Richard Brooks (984 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Rod Reaves (716 yards, 5 touchdowns). Aggie ground game a bit too much.
Pick: Kossuth 27-16
Forest (7-2) at Kemper County (8-1)
Just like last year, the Bearcats and Wildcats will battle for the Region 5-3A title. Forest is led by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 222.4 yards a game led by Payton Rogers (564 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Ranauldrick Murrell (669 yards, 6 touchdowns). Kemper County is very balanced on offense (238 yards receiving, 173 yards rushing) and is led by quarterback Eric Clark, Jr. Kemper County rolls to second straight region title.
Pick: Kemper County 35-20
South Delta (7-2) at West Bolivar (6-3)
Bulldogs will make the trip up Hwy 61 to Rosedale to face the Eagles for the Region 3-2A title. South Delta is riding a 7-game winning streak and is led by a running game that is averaging 332.3 yards a game and is led by Arteise Myles (1,620 yards, 16 touchdowns). West Bolivar is led by the duo of Lazavious Haynes and Keyshun Lewis. Eagles tough at home.
Pick: West Bolivar 19-16