WEEK 5 10 GAMES TO WATCH
Northwest Rankin (4-0) at Brandon (2-2)
Rankin County heavyweights will go head to head at Louis Gene Strickland Field. Northwest Rankin is one of the hottest teams in the state and are led by dual threat quarterback Braden Smith and running back Cameron Carroll. But this will be the Cougars first big test of the season before it heads into Region 2-6A play. Bulldogs are led by a potent running game in Vincent Butler and a potent defense. Dogs end 2-game skid.
Pick: Brandon 21-17
Starkville (3-0) at Meridian (3-1)
This one is going to be a defensive struggle in Ray Stadium. Both the Yellowjackets and Wildcats have defenses that are hard to move the ball on. This game will also be a tale of two offenses, Starkville loves to run and Meridian will throw the ball around. Wildcats are led by sophomore quarterback Tevarrius Adams and USM commit Santrell Latham. Jackets are led by Ole Miss commit Willie Gay and quarterback Malik Brown. Defending 6A state champs just know how to find ways to win.
Pick: Starkville 17-15
Picayune (3-0) at Harrison Central (2-1)
Picayune has now become the favorite in 5A South and are one of the hottest teams to start the season. The Maroon Tide have one of the most potent rushing attacks that averages 255 yards a game. Josh Littles leads the potent attack with 372 yards with four touchdowns. Harrison Central has a strong running game that averages 277 yards a game led by Tavis Williams and Keon Moore. Tide just too much.
Pick: Picayune 28-20
Noxubee County (2-2) at West Point (2-1)
Two heavyweights will clash in West Point. Green Wave will also be in its last tune up before heading into division play that starts next week. Noxubee will bring in a very balanced offense that is led by wide receiver and MSU commit Kymbotric Mason. West Point is led by a potent rushing attack with Andre Lane, Chris Calvert and Marcus Murphy. Green Wave are hard to beat at home.
Pick: West Point 30-23
Pontotoc (4-0) at North Pontotoc (3-1)
A huge rivalry game will go down in Ecru. Pontotoc has been one of the biggest surprises through the first four weeks of the season and are off to a very hot start. The Warriors have a very balanced offense that averages 263 yards passing and 217 yards rushing and are led by QB Jacob Carter and RB Gabe Harmon. North Pontotoc as a very balanced offense as well and is led by do-it-all ATH Zay Cullens. Warriors too much for Vikings in a close one.
Pick: Pontotoc 25-20
Houston (3-1) at Choctaw County (3-1)
Hilltoppers and Chargers will bring a big dose of running games when the two meet in Ackerman. Houston is averaging 146 yards rushing and is led by dual-threat quarterback Urriah Shepherd. Hilltoppers have won three in a row since their opening season lost to Pontotoc. Choctaw County is coming off an emotional win over rival Eupora and is led by running back Chris Townsel. Toppers move win streak to four.
Pick: Houston 30-20
Seminary (3-1) at Raleigh (4-0)
Bulldogs and Lions will bring to heavy running games. Seminary is averaging 321 yards a game and has three bruising backs in Tyweron Morgan, Wendell Crosby and Felix McCullum. Raleigh averages 316 yards on the ground and has one of the state’s top juniors in running back Kris Moncrief, who has nine rushing touchdowns. It will be a tight one but too much Moncrief for Seminary.
Pick: Raleigh 19-16
Calhoun City (3-1) at Velma Jackson (4-0)
A 2A powerhouse in Calhoun City will make a 2 hour trip down to Camden to face an undefeated and a confident team in Velma Jackson. The Wildcats will bring a potent rushing attack that averages 353 yards a game and is led by Keshun Parker and Jessie Nabors. Falcons have potent rushing attack themselves that average 305 yards a game and whose two different backs in James Smith III and Robert Stewart along with QB Antavious Willis. Wildcats just too much for Falcons.
Pick: Calhoun City 31-21
Jackson Prep (4-0) at MRA (4-1)
Two heavyweights in the MAIS will go head to head in an all-Patriot matchup at Patriot Field in Madison. Jackson Prep has owned the series against MRA and is led by a prolific offense in QB Chance Lovertich and running backs Jerrian Ealy and Jacob Crawley. MRA has dealt with injuries to start the year, but are healthy as they can be. MRA will lean on running back Jake Reaves and the tandem of QB Hunter Hulsey and WR Lee Tanner. Prep continues its dominance in a close one.
Pick: Jackson Prep 24-17
Greenville St. Joseph (3-1) at Madison St. Joseph (4-0)
Irish will make the trip down face the Bruins in a battle of St. Joe’s and is also a MHSAA/MAIS clash. Greenville St. Joe will be the first real test for Madison St. Joe. Irish are very well balance (248 rushing, 127 passing) and are led by quarterback Brice Johnson and running back E’Darius Hendrix. Madison St. Joe is led by a running game that averages 272 yards a game and is led by running back Nick Louvier, who has nine rushing touchdowns. Irish bounce back from first loss last week.
Pick: Greenville St. Joe 27-21