Brandon (2-1) at Tupelo (3-0)
Brandon will make the three-hour trip to face the Golden Wave at Renasant Field. This will be Tupelo is off to a great start, but this will be the Wave’s first test of the season. Brandon is led by a potent running game in Vincent Butler and Cory Proctor, while Tupelo’s running attack is led by Jaquerrious Williams. The Bulldog defense is just too tough.
Pick: Brandon 21-17
Meridian (2-1) at Noxubee County (2-1)
Wildcats have done nothing short of shock people the last two weeks by taking down South Panola and Wayne County. Sophomore Tevarrius Adams has stepped up at quarterback for the Wildcats, while Jaquaris Dean is one to watch at running back for the Wildcats. Maliek Stallings has stepped up big for Noxubee at the quarterback spot and his top target is MSU commit Kymbotric Mason. Noxubee is hard to beat at home.
Pick: Noxubee County 20-18
Gulfport (2-1) at Picayune (2-0)
The Maroon Tide and the potent rushing attack have been nothing short of unstoppable over Picayune’s first two games. Picayune is coming a shocking blow out win over St. Martin. Running back Josh Little and Skylar Bowman anchor the Maroon Tide rushing. Cleveland Ford and Larozzo Shugart anchor a potent Gulfport running game. The Admirals did shut down a potent Petal running game two weeks ago. The Tide are tough to be at home and keeping rolling along in a close one.
Pick: Picayune 17-14
Laurel (2-1) at Petal (2-1)
Both teams are coming off big wins and now the Pine Belt area schools will meet head to head in Petal. Laurel is coming off a two touchdown win over Oak Grove, while Petal knocked off previously undefeated George County. Tornadoes have two big wide receivers in Dontario Drummond and Tyquan Ulmer. Petal’s potent rushing attack is led by Tanner Estill and Tulane commit Stephon Huderson. The Panther rushing attack is too potent.
Pick: Petal 27-17
West Point (1-1) at Columbus (2-1)
This one will be the battle of the running games, but this one will be interesting due to West Point coming off a loss against rival Starkville and now facing yet their other rival in the Falcons. Green Wave will lean on its three-headed monster of a backfield led by Marcus Murphy. Columbus has a potent backfield itself in Kylin Hill and CJ Gholar. Green Wave is just too physical.
Pick: West Point 20-16
Madison Central (1-2) at South Panola (1-2), Thursday
Who remembers the 6A first round playoff game last year when Madison Central went up to Batesville and shocked the Tigers? Well that is fresh on South Panola’s mind and the Tigers want some serious revenge. Jaguars will lean on a passing attack led by FAU commit Jack Walker and his weapons Braden Boykin and Hunter Blalock. South Panola will lean on the connection of Patrick Shegog and Jordan Strong. The winner of this one can change some momentum, but Jags make it two in a row over Tigers.
Pick: Madison Central 24-16
Choctaw County (2-1) at Eupora (3-0)
Eupora has been rolling through the first three games and are coming a 48-3 blow out win over Smithville last week, while Choctaw County is coming off a 3-point loss to East Webster. Chargers are led by quarterback Woody Vowell and a workhorse at running back in Chris Townsel. Eupora will once again lean heavily on Edwin Herard (6 passing touchdowns, 4 rushing touchdowns). The Eagle defense has been playing lights out and will get the job done.
Pick: Eupora 16-10
Velma Jackson (3-0) at Pisgah (3-0)
The Falcons and Dragons are one of the most surprising undefeated teams in Mississippi through the first three weeks. Pisgah is led by do-it-all running back Don Ragsdale (10 rushing touchdowns). Velma Jackson is led by its duo of running backs in Antavious Willis and James Smith III. It will be a close one just too much Ragsdale.
Pick: Pisgah 18-14
Presbyterian Christian (3-0) at Jackson Academy (2-1)
PCS coach Joey Hawkins and his Bobcats have a small 2-game winning streak against his former school. But those two wins came at home last year (regular season and playoffs). PCS has one of the state’s most explosive players in running back Isaiah Woullard. Raiders has one of the state’s top sophomores in Langston Anderson. Too much Woullard in this one.
Pick: PCS 35-21
Indianola Academy (3-0) at Greenville St. Joseph (3-0)
Yes it is just the fourth game of the season, but the Irish and Colonels are more than liking playing for the District 1-AAA title and more importantly seeding heading into the playoffs. Greenville St. Joe is averaging 304 yards a game and is led by running back E’Darius Hendrix and quarterback Brice Johnson. Indianola Academy is led by a defense that is giving up just 11.6 points per game. Irish get it done at home in a tight one.
Pick: Greenville St. Joe 21-20