Madison Central travels across town to face Clinton and West Point travels to Oxford in two of this week’s biggest games. St. Martin also gets a test when they head to play Gulfport. Here are our top 10 games of the week.
Madison Central (3-2) at Clinton (2-2)
Big time rivals meet as the Jaguars and Arrows open Region 2-6A play. Madison Central is on a two-game losing streak and will have revenge on their minds after Clinton snapped a 8-year losing streak to the Jags last season. Clinton will lean heavily on the running game of Cam Akers and Darius Maberry. Madison is led by quarterback Jack Walker. Madison Central rebounds from back-to-back losses.
Pick: Madison Central 17-14
Warren Central (3-1) at Northwest Rankin (4-1)
Vikings and Cougars meet in a Region 2-6A matchup that might determine who could be the fourth seed. Northwest Rankin will be on the rebound after falling short to rival Brandon, while Warren Central is coming off a bye week. Cougars are led by Braden Smith, while Vikings are led by Jesse Wilson. Northwest Rankin in a close one at home.
Pick: Northwest Rankin 21-14
St. Martin (5-0) at Gulfport (2-2)
St. Martin has been by far one of the biggest surprises this season, but to many this game will be their first test when the Yellow Jackets meet the Admirals in a Region 4-6A opener. St. Martin is led by Tyler Polk who has thrown for 527 yards with 11 touchdowns and has 609 yards rushing with nine TD’s. Gulfport will lean on a heavy rushing attack and is led by Deon Cole who has 530 yards with four touchdowns. St. Martin on the road.
Pick: St. Martin 24-21
West Point (3-1) at Oxford (2-2)
Once again the Green Wave and Chargers will meet in the Region 1-5A opener and the winner of this will more than likely be the top seed going into the playoffs. Oxford is coming off a bye week, while West Point is coming off a big win over Noxubee County. Oxford is led by Tulane commit Jack Abraham, but will need to stop the heavy West Point rushing attack. Chargers make it three in a row over Green Wave.
Pick: Oxford 31-21
Lafayette (4-1) at Charleston (4-1)
Two big favorites in Class 4A and Class 3A will meet in Charleston. Expect a lot of rushing in this one. Commodores are led by Tyrell Price, while Charleston leans on Billy Kimble. Dores have more experience and more talent and get it done on the road.
Pick: Lafayette 30-20
Kosciusko (3-1) at Itawamba AHS (4-0)
Whippets and Indians will meet in a final tune up before division play starts. Kosciusko is coming off its first loss of the season to Forest, while Itawamba have started off great under first year coach Clint Hoots. Promising QB V. J. Miller has tossed for 993 yards with seven touchdowns and 309 yards rushing with three touchdowns to lead IAHS. Indians at home in a shootout.
Pick: Itawamba AHS 41-31
Corinth (5-1) at Kossuth (4-1)
Warriors will give the Aggies its toughest test of the season. Quarterback Antares Gwyn leads Corinth with 796 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and has 375 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Kossuth is led by running back Jaley Adams. Corinth on the road.
Pick: Corinth 28-17
Houston (4-1) at Eupora (5-0)
Hilltoppers and Eagles will meet in one of the state’s top non-division games. Houston will look to rebound against the other Webster County after falling to East Webster two weeks ago. Urriah Shepherd leads the Toppers on offense, Victor Goldman leads the heavy Eagle rushing attack. Houston gets it a big road win going into region play.
Pick: Houston 20-14
Lamar School (4-1) at Jackson Prep (5-0)
Two of the hottest teams in the MAIS will meet in Flowood. Despite not getting a whole lot of production out the quarterback position the Patriots lean heavy on running backs Jacob Crawley and Jerrion Ealy and a stingy defense. Lamar is coming off a shutout of rival NE Lauderdale is led by promising junior quarterback Davis Harrison. Prep is hard to beat at home.
Pick: Jackson Prep 38-20
Cathedral (4-1) at Simpson Academy (5-0)
Green Wave and Cougars will meet in what could be for the District 4-AAA championship. Expect a whole of rushing in this one. Cathedral is led by promising running back Dee Fleming, while Simpson leans on Landon Herrington. Simpson in a close one at home.
Pick: Simpson 20-19