Brandon Shields gives his top ten games of the week to watch and his predictions.
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WEEK 11 TEN GAMES TO WATCH
Columbus (7-2) at South Panola (9-0)
Falcons and Tigers will battle for the Region 1-6A championship. It will also be a battle of running backs between South Panola’s Oluwain Hoskin and Columbus’ Kylin Hill. South Panola claims Region 1-6A championship for fourth straight year.
Pick: South Panola 20-14
Starkville (8-1) at Warren Central (8-1)
Vikings look to keep the momentum after defeating Clinton last week as they host the Yellowjackets for the Region 2-6A title. Starkville is led by four-star receiver A.J. Brown, while Warren Central is led by running back Denarius Knight. Starkville’s defense comes up big in a close one.
Pick: Starkville 24-20
Madison Central (5-5) at NW Rankin (6-4)
The winner of this game will lock up the No. 4 seed out of Region 2-6A. Both teams are coming off big wins last week. Madison thumped Callaway, while NW Rankin shutout Greenville-Weston. Jaguars are led by Jack Walker, while Cougars are led by Braden Smith. Jags are tough on defense.
Pick: Madison Central 30-20
Ocean Springs (8-1) at Gulfport (7-2)
Greyhounds and Admirals will meet for the Region 4-6A championship. Greyhounds have been riding high behind QB Drew Windham and are on a 8-game winning streak. Gulfport is led by running back Deon Cole who has rushed for 11 touchdowns. Ocean Springs comes up with one big stop on defense.
Pick: Ocean Springs 17-10
Picayune (5-4) at Pascagoula (6-3)
Maroon Tide and Panthers are both coming off loses. Picayune got upset by Long Beach, while Pascagoula took one under the chin by Pearl River Central. The winner of this game can still get the number one seed if Pearl River Central loses to Hattiesburg. Picayune is led by running back Josh Littles, while ‘Goula is led by Reginald Hunter. Maroon Tide continues its dominance over Panthers.
Pick: Picayune 20-17
Louisville (7-3) at Kosciusko (7-2)
Whippets and Wildcats will meet for who will host a home playoff game next week in the first round. The winner of this game will be the No. 2 seed, while loser will be No. 3 seed and go on the road. Josh Dodd leads the heavy Kosciusko rushing attack, while Keon Coleman anchors the Wildcats. Kosy gets it done at home.
Pick: Kosciusko 19-18
Kossuth (9-1) at Booneville (7-2)
Aggies and Blue Devils will battle for Region 1-3A championship. Regardless, whoever loses this game will be the No. 2 seed and host a 3A first round playoff game next week. Running back Jaley Adams has rushed for 26 touchdowns to lead Kossuth, while Dallas Gamble leads the Booneville rushing attack. Kossuth’s rushing attack a bit too much for Booneville.
Pick: Kossuth 27-21
Eupora (7-3) at East Webster (9-1)
Eagles and Wolverines will meet in the annual Maroon Bowl. If East Webster wins then the Wolverines will be the No. 2 seed, if Eupora wins then things could get interesting as far as seeding. East Webster is led by Jack Wilson, while Eupora leans on Victor Goldman. East Webster in a close one at home.
Pick: East Webster 30-21
Pisgah (8-2) at Puckett (9-1)
All the Wolves have to do is win and they will be Region 6-2A champs. If Pisgah wins then Lake will be the district champs. Pisgah must beat Puckett by 7 points or more to be the No. 2 seed. Pisgah is led by T.J. McGinnis and Don Ragsdale, while Puckett is led by Joe Anderson. Pisgah’s rushing attack gets it done on the road.
Pick: Pisgah 21-20
North Delta (7-3) at Simpson Academy (8-2)
Green Wave and Cougars meet in which is the toughest first round matchup of the MAIS Academy AAA playoffs. North Delta is coming off a non-district win, while Simpson lost a heart breaker at home to Adams Christian. Simpson is led by Landon Herrington, while North Delta is anchored by Will Kidder. Simpson’s running game gets it done.
Pick: Simpson 28-19