TEN GAMES TO WATCH — WEEK 8
Madison Central (5-1) at Warren Central (2-3)
Madison Central squares off against Warren Central in a crucial Region 2-6A matchup. The Jaguars are led by a potent rushing attack that averages 229 yards per game. It’s anchored by quarterback Jimmy Holiday and running back Duke Arnold. Warren Central is also led by a heavy running game that averages 235 yards per game led by Jerrious Stovall, Corey Wilson, Jr. and Antonio Thompson. It’s always a close game when these two teams meet, but the Jaguar defense makes the difference.
Pick: Madison Central 27-24
St. Martin (4-2) at Harrison Central (5-1)
St. Martin makes the short trip up to Lyman to face the Red Rebels in a Region 4-6A clash. Harrison Central is off to a strong 5-1 start and 2-0 in district play behind a very balanced offense that is averaging 168 yards rushing and 148 yards passing. Quarterback Dayln Anderson and running backs Jaidon McClain and Gino Johnson lead the offense. Wide receiver Brandon Smith is also an important part of the offense. St. Martin is led by a potent ground game that is averaging 246 yards per game led by Hamm McGee, Mileon Graham, Jay McGee and Elijah Washington. The Red Rebels get the job done in a close one at home.
Pick: Harrison Central 23-20
Lake Cormorant (4-2) at West Point (5-1)
West Point and Lake Cormorant are a pair of 2-0 teams in Region 1-5A. West Point is led by an always potent ground game that is averaging 212 yards per game led by running backs Kameron Martin, Brandon Harris and Jimothy Mays. Quarterback Jake Chambless runs the offense. Lake Cormorant is a more balanced team averaging 147 yards per game passing and 128 yards per game rushing. Quarterback Ben Rohrbacher has had a solid season along with running backs Jalen Jordan and J.J. Daniels. The stingy Green Wave defense only allows 9.7 points per game and will be the difference in this one.
Pick: West Point 28-17
Germantown (3-3) at Holmes Central (5-1)
The Mavericks make the short trip up to Holmes County to face the Jaguars in a huge Region 2-5A matchup of 2-0 teams in division. Germantown is led by a fierce rushing attack that is averaging 266 yards per game led by the duo of Nick Barnes and Branson Robinson. Holmes Central is led by a balanced offensive attack that averages 294 yards rushing and 165 yards passing anchored by quarterback Justin Smith, receiver Mathew Williams along with running backs Robert Jackson and Quo’Darious Crigler. Jags in a close one at home.
Pick: Holmes Central 20-17
Noxubee County (3-4) at Louisville (6-1)
It’s the Tooth Pick Bowl as the Tigers travel along Highway 14 to Louisville to face the Wildcats in a huge Region 4-4A contest. Louisville is led by balanced offense that is averaging 190 yards rushing and 130 yards passing led by quarterback Drea Shumaker. Running back Kevon Jackson and receivers David Haynes and Alvius Haynes are also key cogs in the offense. The stout Louisville defense is anchored by Charles Moore and Ashanti Cistrunk. The Tigers are led by a rushing attack that is averaging 194 yards per game led by quarterback Maleik Stallings and running back Jaqualyn Smith. The Wildcats haven’t beaten the Tigers since 2013 and that five-game losing streak comes to an end at home.
Pick: Louisville 24-14
Sumrall (7-0) at Lawrence County (5-2)
The Bobcats head up to Monticello to face the Cougars in a huge Region 7-4A matchup. Sumrall is led by a rushing attack that is averaging 284 yards per game led by quarterback Ole Miss commit Dannis Jackson, along with running back Tyrek Preston. Lawrence County is also led by a ground game that is averaging 319 yards per game led by Kylan Cooper, Perez Tyler and Antwan Pittman. Dual threat quarterbacks have tended to give the Cougars problems, so expect Jackson and company move to 8-0.
Pick: Sumrall 25-23
Velma Jackson (5-1) at St. Andrew’s (5-2)
Falcons head to Ridgeland to face the Saints in a battle of 1-0 teams in Region 6-3A. This game will match the Velma Jackson ground game against the St. Andrew’s passing attack. Falcons are averaging 270 yards per game on the ground led by quarterback Antavius Willis, whose rushed for 25 touchdowns so far this year, and running back Santavis Vaughan. The Saints passing attack is averaging 228 yards per game led by quarterback Holland Townes, whose tossed for 1,599 yards with 14 touchdowns, along with receivers Jacob Bryson and Nathan Barham. Willis just too much.
Pick: Velma Jackson 32-21
Taylorsville (7-0) at Lumberton (6-0)
Taylorsville and Lumberton is a huge matchup this week in a battle of unbeaten teams that are state title contenders in Class 2A and 1A. Taylorsville is led by a fierce passing attack that is averaging 313 yards per game led by quarterback Ty Keyes. He has already tossed for 2,135 yards with 22 touchdowns, mainly to receivers Raven Arrington (10 receiving touchdowns) and Jalon Clark. Lumberton is led by the always potent rushing attack that is averaging 316 yards per game anchored by Davion Edwards, Robert Henry and Jared Tribett. The Tartar passing game is too much in this one.
Pick: Taylorsville 31-20
Tupelo Christian (5-2) at Okolona (5-2), Thursday
Tupelo Christian travels to Okolona to face the Chieftains in a huge Region 1-1A matchup. Okolona is coming off a region loss to Smithville last week and will be aiming to bounce back. The Chieftains are led by a rushing attack that is averaging 243 yards per game led by Jacorrius Standfield, Demarco Robinson and Deonte Hampton. Tupelo Christian is a more balanced offense that is averaging 241 yards rushing and 162 yards passing led by Khi Holiday, Josh Berry and Foster Yates. Okolona bounces back at home in a close one.
Pick: Okolona 26-22
MRA (7-0) at Jackson Academy (5-1)
MRA puts their undefeated season on the line as they face Jackson Academy in a battle of Class AAAA, Division I rivals. MRA is led by quarterback Philip Short and running back William Milam, along with receivers Joe Perkins and Cody Swanson. Linebackers Stone Blanton and Sam Shufelt anchor a defense that only allows 13.3 points per game. The Raiders are led by a rushing attack that averages 250 yards per game. Quarterback Kinkead Dent and running back Thad Bishop are counted on make the offense work. The Patriots get revenge over the Raiders in a close one after getting blown out last year.
Pick: MRA 27-24