Five for Friday: Breakdowns & Picks
#9 West Point @ #7 Oxford
This matchup features a clash of styles. Oxford is a prolific pass first offense behind the arm of Jack Abraham and his favorite target and blue chipper DK Metcalf. West Point uses a spread ground attack on the shoulders of their do-it-all quarterback Marcus Murphy and behind their big OL lead by future SEC OT Scott Lashley.
Big games are no stranger to the Green Wave. So far they have taken on Columbus, Starkville and Noxubee County this season. They are 2-1 in those games and have proven very comfortable on the big stage thus far. So playing a team like Oxford is nothing they will back down from.
For the Chargers, they are coming off a bye week and before that a big victory. Oxford looks to be settling in to the team they can be, which is a really good team. They found some things on defense in their win at Lafayette and will have to rely on their front seven to slow a Green Wave attack that rolls up nearly 250 yards on the ground each game.
SES Take: “After an impressive win over rival Lafayette, Oxford had a week off to rest up and extra time to prepare for West Point. In a close game, the prepared team wins.” Austin Brown, SES Staff Writer
#10 Desoto Central @ Columbus
Two future D1 running backs will be on display in this game. Alan Lamar of Desoto Central averages over 250 all-purpose yards per game. While Kylin Hill, one of the State's hottest junior prospects on the recruiting front lately, averages over 300 all-purpose yards per game.
The Jaguars possess the ability to balance their offense if they fall behind or even if they have a matchup they like in the passing game. Cameron Bowman is one of the best signal callers in Mississippi and has thrown 9 TDs to just one INT this season.
Columbus is 2-2 this season with both losses coming against very good teams in West Point and Noxubee. This will. Be their third opportunity to knock off a big name opponent.
#6 Madison Central @ Clinton
This monster matchup features two of Mississippi's best teams. It also features two of the state's best underclassmen, who both happen to play quarterback for their respective teams. Clinton's Cam Akers leads a big time rushing attack for the Arrows. While Jack Walker possess a big arm and guides one of the state's most tested and proven offenses.
Clinton came out of the gate facing big time opponents as they opened up with South Panola and seemingly hasn't stopped facing big time competition. However, they have fallen against South Panola and Brandon. However, there's certainly no shame in that. They also have a chance to make up for it this week and get going in the process.
Madison Central on the other hand has found themselves lined up against a great team each week. They have played South Panola, Brandon, Oxford, Meridian and they even crossed over into Louisiana to face a powerful West Monroe team. The Jags started hot but have lost their last two and will also be looking to get it back going.
Cathedral @ Simpson Academy
Cathedral has handled all comers thus far this season with the exception of Jackson Prep. They have used an intense ground game led by senior Dee Fleming. Fleming has been running through, around and away from his competition this season. Simpson should expect a heavy dose on Friday night.
Simpson, in many private school polls are ranked ahead of Cathedral but the Green Wave are lurking right behind them. This will be a huge measuring stick for the Cougars. A win on Friday will send a clear message to the rest of the AAA ranks that Simpson is the real deal.
SES Take: “I feel Cathedral, outside of their game against Prep has displayed dominance and will be able to get ahead early and play with a lead.” John Luke McCord, SES Staff Writer
Charleston @ Lafayette
Charleston is coming off of a season that saw them fall just short of the 3A title. They would have to replace a ton of talent in the off-season and appear to have their feet under them and ready for league play next week, but first they have one last major test.
Lafayette has the one loss on their record that game to their rival Oxford. Other than that, the Dores have dominated their opponents all season long. They have done so at the line of scrimmage and don’t expect to see a change in that approach this Friday night.
SES Take: “Charleston is a great ball team but they simply do not have the meat up front to get any kind of push to slow down Tyrell Price and Dores’ ground attack.” Webb Lewis, SES Editor-in-Chief