Ten Games to Watch — Week 7




Tupelo (5-0) at Columbus (3-2)

Two heavy rushing teams will go head to head a huge Region 1-6A matchup in Columbus. The Falcons are balanced on offense and is rushing for 291.4 yards a game and is led by Mississippi State commit Kylin Hill (518 yards rushing, 6 touchdowns). Golden Wave is averaging 199.8 yards a game on the ground and is led by promising sophomore Jaquerrious Williams (452 yards, five touchdowns). Tupelo has lost three straight to Columbus and the Wave defense is giving up just 10 points a game. Tupelo ends streak.

Pick: Tupelo 17-13


Oak Grove (3-3) at Petal (3-2)

Pine Belt are rivals will go head to head in a crucial Region 3-6A battle at Panther stadium. This will be a battle of two totally different style offenses. Oak Grove is a very well balanced on offense and is averaging 212.8 yards per game passing and 194.8 yards rushing. John Rhys Plumlee has won the battle at starting quarterback for Oak Grove. Petal is led by a potent rushing attack that is averaging 309.3 yards a game and is led by Tulane commit Stephon Huderson and Tanner Estill. Panthers end three-game skid to rivals.

Pick: Petal 24-21


Starkville (4-1) at Northwest Rankin (4-2)

It’s kind of a déjà vu situation for Northwest Rankin from their 2015 season. Start 4-0 and then lost to Brandon and Warren Central. So it is safe to say the Cougars are in must need of win to avoid a 0-2 start in Region 2-6A as it welcomes the defending 6A state champs in Starkville. The Yellowjackets are led by sophomore quarterback Malik Brown and a stingy defense led by Ole Miss commit Willie Gay.  Cougars lean on dual-threat quarterback Braden Smith. Jackets defense just too much.

Pick: Starkville 31-21


D’Iberville (3-2) at Ocean Springs (4-1)

The Warriors and Greyhounds will meet in a big Region 4-6A game between coast rivals. Both teams have been somewhat of a surprise in 6A and both teams will bring heavy rushing attacks. Ocean Springs is averaging 215.8 yards per game and is led by Daveaunce Gaines and Travis Pugh. D’Iberville is averaging 143.3 yards on the ground and is led by Ja’Quavis Foster and Kahlil McCray. Warriors haven’t defeated the Greyhounds since 2013 and that streak continues.

Pick: Ocean Springs 21-14


West Point (4-1) at Clarksdale (5-1)

The tradition rich Green Wave will make the long trip to the Delta to face a surprising 5-1 Wildcat squad in a key Region 1-5A matchup. West Point led by a three-headed monster rushing attack led by MSU commit Marcus Murphy. Clarksdale is averaging 195 yards per game rushing and was one of the state’s top defensive players in defensive end and Iowa State commit Cordarrius Bailey. Green Wave just too much.

Pick: West Point 31-20


Grenada (4-1) at Germantown (3-2)

Chargers will make the one hour trip down I-55 to face the Mavericks in a crucial Region 2-5A matchup. Like last year, the winner of this could be the No. 1 seed heading into the 5A playoffs. Both teams bring heavy rushing attacks, Grenada is averaging 212.4 yards on the ground and is led by Deon House (454 yards, 5 touchdowns). Germantown is averaging 169.4 yards on the ground and is led by Nick Patterson (393 yards, 3 touchdowns). The Grenada defense just too much.

Pick: Grenada 17-10


Wingfield (4-1) at Provine (4-2)

Wingfield as certainly been one of the biggest surprises this season as it heads into a big Region 3-5A game against JPS rival Provine at Hughes Field. Dual threat quarterback La’Andre Thomas has passed for 1,334 yards with 11 touchdowns and has rushed for 528 yards with 13 touchdowns to lead the Falcons on offense. Provine is young on offense and the Ram run heavy offense is led by Janorris Harmon. Provine gets it done at home.

Pick: Provine 32-22


East Webster (5-1) at Calhoun City (5-1)

The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat of who hosts a 2A playoff game come November as the Wolverines and Wildcats will battle in a crucial Region 4-2A matchup. East Webster is leaning on a passing game led by quarterback Charlie Brand (632 yards passing, 7 touchdowns) and receiver Qua Evans (548 yards, 8 touchdowns). Calhoun City is averaging 327.2 yards per game and is led by Jojo Gray and Jessie Nabors likes to take control of clock management. Wildcats have reeled off four straight wins since their Week 2 loss to Houston and will make it five in a row.

Pick: Calhoun City 18-13


Jackson Academy (4-2) at Jackson Prep (6-0)

One of the state’s biggest rivalry games will take place at Patriot Field in Flowood when the Raiders make the short 8 mile trip to Lakeland Drive to face the Patriots. Prep has the state’s longest active winning streak at 27 games and is led by a potent running game with Jerrian Ealy and Jacob Crawley. JA’s passing attack is led by promising sophomore Langston Anderson and hasn’t beaten Prep since 2013 (four games). Prep extends winning streak to 28.

Pick: Jackson Prep 27-17


Choctaw County (4-2) at Kemper County (5-1)

Chargers will make the trip down to DeKalb to face the Wildcats to open up Region 5-3A play. Kemper County brings a potent passing attack led by quarterback Eric Clark, Jr. whose passed for 1,138 yards with 14 touchdowns. D.J. Clayton (784 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns) leads the Wildcat receiving core. Choctaw County’s running game is led by Chris Townsel. Wildcats tough to beat at home.

Pick: Kemper County 26-19