Ten Games to Watch — Week 6

Clinton running back Ryan Davis. Keith Warren/MHSAA.



Warren Central (3-1) at Northwest Rankin (3-1)

Vikings will make the trip over to Flowood to face the Cougars in a Top 10 showdown to open Region 2-6A play. Both teams love to run the ball. Warren Central is coming off a bye week and will lean on their rushing attack that is averaging 197.5 yards per game that is led by Corey Wilson, Jr., Fred Barnum and Jerrious Stovall. Vikings are always tough on defense and they only give up 11.3 points per game. Northwest Rankin is coming off a big win over Brandon last week to snap a 5-game losing streak and are lean on a rushing attack that is averaging 192 yards per game led by Cameron Carroll and Dee Baker. Warren Central has won five against the Cougars, but going with the home team.

Pick: Northwest Rankin 28-21


South Panola (4-1) at Horn Lake (3-0)

Tigers head up Interstate 55 to face the unbeaten Eagles to open Region 1-6A play. South Panola is coming off a surprisingly whipping of MUS (Tenn.), while Horn Lake has been rolling. Patrick Shegog is back from an injury to lead the Tiger offense that is averaging 192 yards rushing and 164 yards rushing. Horn Lake is a run-heavy team averaging 219 yards a game that is led by Raydarious Jones and Tyler Grim. Tigers get it done in a close one on the road.

Pick: South Panola 19-13


Madison Central (3-1) at Clinton (2-2)

Jaguars are coming off its first loss of the season last week to Pearl and now must make the short trip over to Clinton to face their rivals in the Region 2-6A opener. Jaguars will go in behind a heavy rushing attack and defense. Cam White and Cedric Beal lead the running game that averages 233.8 yards per game and the Jaguar defense only gives up 12.8 points per game led by Kirkland Trahan and Truett Bourne. Clinton leans on passing game that averages 231 yards a game led by Hunter Hulsey, Terrance Newell, Desmyn Baker and Ryan Davis. Jags defense too much.

Pick: Madison Central 24-17


Brookhaven (3-1) at North Pike (4-0)

This could turn into a big rivalry in the future as Brookhaven makes the short trip down to Summit to face undefeated North Pike in Region 3-5A opener. Panthers are averaging 240 yards per game rushing that is led by a dynamic duo at running back in Damarell Leggett (480 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Jaquarius Edwards (481 yards, 5 touchdowns). Jeffrey Johnson and Jemaurian Jones anchor a stiff defense for Brookhaven. North Pike comes in very balanced on offense averaging 234.5 yards passing and 202 yards rushing. Quarterback Alijah Martin has tossed for 949 yards with 8 touchdowns to lead the Jaguars offensively. Ole Brook defense gets it done in a close one.

Pick: Brookhaven 24-21


Picayune (3-1) at Wayne County (2-2)

It’s the Iron Bowl of Mississippi when the Maroon Tide travels up to Waynesboro to face the War Eagles. It’s always a war when these two get together. Wayne County will be out for some serious revenge after Picayune ended their season last year in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Maroon Tide led by that deadly rushing attack that’s averaging 282 yards and is led by Shaun Anderson (544 yards, 5 touchdowns) along with Jortin Raine and Jairice Travis. Wayne County likes to run the ball to led by Zabryan Jackson (322 yards, 7 touchdowns). Tide rushing attack too much to handle.

Pick: Picayune 28-27


Louisville (4-1) at Greenwood (4-1)

Wildcats head north to face the Bulldogs in a key Class 4A non-region battle. Louisville is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 199 yards per game led by Kenneth Knowles (297 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Kevon Jackson (270 yards, 2 touchdowns). Deonte Yarbrough has tossed for 639 yards with 8 touchdowns to lead the Wildcat passing attack. Greenwood is led by the potent running game led by Jaylen Stanley, Dazarion Perez and Walter Ivory. Louisville’s defense only gives up 12.4 points a game and makes the difference.

Pick: Louisville 21-12


Charleston (4-1) at Eupora (4-1)

Both teams lean on defense as the Tigers will head down to Eupora to face the Eagles in each team’s last non-region game before district play starts next play. Charleston’s defense gives up just 16.2 points per game and is once again led by a potent running game that is averaging 177.8 yards per game that is led by Quynn Crawford, De’Antre Prince, Fred Hervey and Anthony Truly. Eupora’s defense allows just 11.6 points per game and is very balanced on offense averaging 177 yards per game rushing and 134.5 yards per game passing and is led by quarterback Tanner Knight (665 yards passing, 9 touchdowns) and running back Edwin Herard (313 yards rushing, 4 touchdowns). Charleston’s offense likes to use the clock to its advantage.

Pick: Charleston 16-14


Taylorsville (5-0) at Perry Central (5-0)

It’s a fast pass happy offense against a run heavy offense when the Tartars visit New Augusta to face the Bulldogs in a clash of undefeated Class 2A South contenders. Perry Central is led by running back Mckail Sumrall (632 yards, 12 touchdowns) and quarterback Tijuane Bolton (181 yards, 5 touchdowns). The Bulldog defense only gives up 8.6 points per game. Freshmen quarterback Ty Keyes has tossed for 1,335 yards with 10 touchdowns to lead the pass happy offense that averages 267 yards per game for Taylorsville. Keyes and C.J. Williams have four rushing touchdowns a piece as well. Bulldogs in a close one at home.

Pick: Perry Central 21-20


Jackson Prep (5-0) at Presbyterian Christian (4-1)

Patriots have had this one circled on their calendars all year as they head down to Hattiesburg to face the Bobcats. PCS beat Prep in the regular season last year to snap their 30-game winning streak, but the Patriots got revenge in the playoffs enroute to their fifth straight AAAA, Division I state title. Prep led by do-it-all ATH Jerrion Ealy and quarterback Chance Lovertich. PCS is led by the potent running game that is averaging 336.5 yards a game led by Sheldon James, Eric Robinson, Brandon Thornton and Alden Rhain. Patriots offense too potent.

Pick: Jackson Prep 35-20


North Delta (5-0) at Indianola Academy (5-0)

Green Wave head over to Indianola to face the Colonels in a Region 1-AAA battle of two unbeaten teams. Indianola Academy is on a 19-game winning streak that is led by a defense that gives up just 15.6 a game and potent rushing attack led by Will Davis and Sebastian Harris. Quarterback Cole Devazier leads the North Delta pass happy offense that is averaging 46.4 points per game. The North Delta defense only gives up 6.8 points per game. Colonels move winning streak to 20 games.

Pick: Indianola Academy 27-20