Northwest Rankin (7-3) at Madison Central (6-3-1)
Cougars will make the short trip to Madison to face the Jaguars in a crucial Region 2-6A matchup. Whoever loses this one will be making a road trip in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs in two weeks. Madison Central is led by FAU commit Jack Walker, while NW Rankin leans dual-threat quarterback Braden Smith. The last time NW Rankin beat Madison Central was 2010. Jags tough to beat at home.
Pick: Madison Central 20-17
Warren Central (8-1) at Starkville (6-3)
Vikings are coming off a big emotional win over rival and previously unbeaten Clinton and now must take a long bus trip to Starkville to face the Yellowjackets. Starkville is led by rushing attack that is averaging 178.6 yards a game, while Warren Central leans on quarterback Jesse Wilson. Starkville must win this one and next week to make the playoffs. Vikings too strong on defense and forces turnovers.
Pick: Warren Central 24-16
George County (5-4) at St. Martin (6-4)
Region 4-6A is just bizarre when it comes to figuring out scenarios. George County will make the trip down to Ocean Springs to face the Yellow Jackets in a crucial division matchup. The Rebels and Yellow Jackets are tied with Biloxi in the division with a 3-2 record. Both teams know how to score and score fast. St. Martin is led by the duo of quarterback Wayne Overmann III and wide receiver Kalem Reddix, while George County is led by LaRayond Spivery and wide out Tyrese Fryfogle. George County’s defense makes one key stop.
Pick: George County 38-35
Grenada (7-2) at Vicksburg (8-2)
The Chargers will make the long trip down to the River City to face the Gators in a huge Region 2-5A game. The winner will be the No. 2 seed and host a 5A playoff game, while the loser will have to go on the round. It’ll be a battle of rushing in this one. Grenada is averaging 230.7 yards a game and is led by Deon House and four-star prospect C.J. Avery. Vicksburg leans on dual-threat quarterback Joe Johnson. Charger rushing game just too much.
Pick: Grenada 24-21
Lawrence County (4-6) at Florence (8-2)
Cougars will make the trip up to Rankin County to face the Eagles in a crucial Region 6-4A matchup. If Florence wins they’ll clinch the No. 1 seed and the division title for the third time in six years. Florence is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 217.6 yards a game and is led by quarterback Brad Dennis and running back Degerrick Lee. Lawrence County is led by running back Quitten Brown, who has 8 rushing touchdowns after returning from a leg injury. Charl’tex Nunnery is out for this game due to an elbow injury suffered last week. Eagles at home.
Pick: Florence 22-19
Independence (7-3) at Charleston (8-2), Thursday
Wildcats will make the trip over to Charleston on Thursday to face the Tigers. The winner of this one will claim the Region 2-3A title, while the loser will be the No. 2 seed out of the division and host a 3A playoff game next week. Charleston is led by a rushing attack that is 204.1 yards a game and is led by Billy Kimble whose rushed for 1,182 yards with 14 touchdowns. Independence also loves to run the ball. The Wildcats are averaging 290.1 yards a game and id is led by Zykeris Mosley and have three different players that rushed for 10 touchdowns or more. Tigers continue dominance in Region 2-3A.
Pick: Charleston 30-20
Yazoo County (6-3) at Velma Jackson (8-1), Thursday
Panthers will take on the Falcons in a key Region 3-3A matchup on Thursday night in Camden. If Velma Jackson wins they clinch the Region 3-3A, if Yazoo County wins then Cleveland East Side would clinch the region title. Both teams love to run the ball. Velma Jackson is averaging 279.9 yards a game and is led by the duo of Antavious Willis and James Smith. Yazoo County is averaging 264.2 yards a game and is led by quarterback Kenny Gainwell. Falcons claim Region 3-3A title at home.
Pick: Velma Jackson 18-12
Raleigh (10-0) at Morton (7-3)
Lions will make the short trip up Hwy 35 to face the Panthers for the Region 6-3A title. This one of who can stop eithers team dynamic player. Raleigh is led by the powerful running of Kris Moncrief whose rushed for 1,416 yards with 19 touchdowns. Morton is led by dynamic ATH and Ole Miss D.D. Bowie whose rushed for 1,741 yards with 24 touchdowns. Moncrief is just too hard to stop.
Pick: Raleigh 20-19
Puckett (9-1) at Pisgah (8-2)
Wolves will face the Dragons in a battle of Rankin County rivals for the Region 6-2A title. Puckett has been rolling winning nine games in a row since dropping its season opener to Raleigh. The Wolves are very balanced on offense with Joe Anderson at quarterback, Woody Winters at running back and Jacob Anderson at wide receiver. Pisgah has on five games in a row after dropping two straight games in September and are led by one of the state’s top juniors in Don Ragsdale, whose rushed for 2,568 yards with 35 touchdowns. Wolves keep rolling along.
Pick: Puckett 28-21
Lumberton (7-2) at Resurrection (8-1)
The Panthers will head down to Pascagoula to face the Eagles in a key Region 4-1A matchup. If Resurrection wins they’ll clinch the division title, if Lumberton wins they can clinch the title next week with a win over Stringer. Eagles are once again led by a rushing attack that is averaging 250.6 yards a game and is led by Patrick Watts, whose rushed for 1,114 yards with 21 touchdowns. Lumberton is also a heavy rushing team and is led by Dre Coleman, who has 1,297 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns. Resurrection gets it done at home.
Pick: Resurrection 27-19